Etienne Restaurant – 13, Main Street, Attard, Malta
A tiny restaurant with a big wine list in a delightful historic setting.
Etienne’s is in a 400-year-old house close to the village church – from where, on my last visit, wonderful music streamed out to accompany our al fresco pre-dinner drinks. This tiny six-table restaurant occupies the upper floor with the ground floor given over to an equally miniature wine bar.
It serves excellent international cuisine made with Etienne’s personal touch – there is a choice of of just five starters, five mains and puddings plus daily specials. The downstairs wine bar serves quicker pasta dishes and cold platters. The restaurant and wine bar share a tome of a wine list with 500 international wines.
The upstairs restaurant cannot help but be intimate – set as it is in one small room of this historic house. The ceiling is of stone-slabs and the small original windows give onto the quiet traditional street below. The downstairs wine bar is cosy with wine labels everywhere and there are a couple of tables outside for pleasant summer drinks.
The service is personal. Etienne is an expert on his food and wine and is delighted to share his knowledge and enthusiasm.