The Rich Flavors of Maltese Cuisine

The Rich Flavors of Maltese Cuisine

Maltese cuisine is a unique blend of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors with a rich history dating back thousands of years. Located in the central Mediterranean, the island nation of Malta has been influenced by various cultures throughout its history, including the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. This diverse cultural heritage has left a lasting impact on Maltese cuisine, which is known for its use of fresh, local ingredients and aromatic spices.

Sharma Ethnic Cuisines prides itself as one of the few takeout restaurants in Malta that serves some of the most authentic and delicious Maltese food.


One of the most popular dishes in Maltese cuisine is bragjoli, a hearty and flavorful stew that is a popular dish in Maltese cuisine. It is made with rabbit or lamb, vegetables, and white wine, and is traditionally served with pasta or a type of Maltese bread called ftira.

The origins of bragjoli can be traced back to ancient Roman times when stews made with meat and vegetables were a common part of the diet. Over the centuries, bragjoli has evolved and taken on its own unique character, with the use of rabbit and lamb as the primary protein sources, as well as the inclusion of white wine and aromatic spices.

To make bragjoli, the meat is first seared in a pot or Dutch oven and then combined with vegetables such as onions, carrots, and celery. White wine is added to the pot, along with various herbs and spices, including thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves. The stew is then simmered until the meat is tender and the flavors have melded together.

Fenek Malti

Fenek Malti, also known as Maltese rabbit, is a classic and popular dish in Maltese cuisine. It is made with a rabbit that is cooked in a tomato-based sauce with garlic, onions, and herbs. The result is a flavorful and aromatic dish that is hearty and satisfying.

Fenek Malti has a long history in Maltese cuisine, with the rabbit being a traditional and important source of protein on the island. The dish is usually made with whole rabbits that are cut into pieces and cooked in a sauce made with tomatoes, onions, and garlic. A variety of herbs and spices, such as parsley, thyme, and rosemary, are also added to the pot to give the dish its signature flavor.


Imqaret, also known as Maltese date rolls, is a traditional sweet treat in Maltese cuisine. These pastries are made by filling the dough with a mixture of dates and spices, and then deep-frying until they are golden brown and crispy. The resulting treat is sweet, flavorful, and delicious.

Imqaret is often served as a dessert or snack, and is a popular choice during the holidays. They are also a common sight at Maltese festivals and celebrations.

The dough used for imqaret is typically made with flour, water, and a small amount of oil or butter. The filling is made with dates, which are a staple in Maltese cuisine, as well as a variety of spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom. The combination of sweet dates and aromatic spices gives imqaret its unique and delicious flavor.

Pasta Maltija

The traditional Maltese pasta dish is best when the pasta itself is homemade – as is ours. Fresh pasta tastes so much better than dried pasta. The best way to serve it is with locally made Maltese sausage and fresh herbs, in a light sauce. This is a great dish for younger guests or those with a smaller appetite or less adventurous palate.

In addition to these traditional dishes, Maltese cuisine also includes a variety of seafood, such as octopus, squid, and fish, which are often grilled or baked with herbs and spices like Aljotta.


Aljotta is a dish that makes the most of Malta’s island location. It’s a traditional fish soup, that can be made from even the smallest of fish. Traditionally Aljotta was eaten at lent when meat was banned from the Christian diet. The food critic of The Times of Malta measures the quality of food at a new restaurant based on how well they cook their Aljotta dish! You’ll find ours is made with fresh fish and fresh mint, and we’re very proud of it.

Maltese cuisine also has a strong tradition of using fresh, local ingredients, such as vegetables, fruits, and herbs, in its dishes. Olive oil, garlic, and parsley are commonly used in Maltese cooking, as are a variety of aromatic spices, including cumin, coriander, and paprika and you can get all of these mouthwatering dishes if you want to order online for takeaway on our website at


At Sharma Ethnic Cuisine, we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of Maltese dishes that are authentic and full of flavor. Our menu includes traditional favorites like bragjoli, fennel Malti, and imqaret, as well as a variety of seafood and vegetarian options. Our chefs use only the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients to create dishes that are bursting with flavor and nutrition. If you’re looking to experience eating out in Malta to relish the authentic flavors of Malta, visit Sharma Ethnic Cuisine today. Our friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere will make you feel right at home as you savor the taste of Malta.

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