The cities in Malta make good use of their waterfront with plenty of shops, restaurants and pubs. In Valletta, the waterfront eateries cater to tastebuds of every kind, Asian, Italian, Maltese and there is even a Hard Rock Bar.
This night we dined at Pintonino and I decided to try the pork medallions in honey mustard sauce with potatoes and vegetables. The portion was tremendous, way too much food for one person. However, that seems to be the norm in Malta.
The three medallions were more like huge, chunks of pork than what should be medallion, bite-sized pieces of meat. The salt was so overpowering that it ruined all sense of taste for anything else in the dish. The meat was quite soft but that’s likely because they used so much salt that it acted as a tenderizer.
A word of caution when dining out in Malta, ask them to go light on the salt or your tastebuds might be tenderized for any other flavors.
Overall, with so many restaurants to choose from along the Valletta waterfront, you could do much better than Pintonino where the service was just average and the food tastes like you’ve entered a salt mine!