Thankfully Maris and Horacio welcomed us with big smiles and as we started to chat and unwind, we soon forgot about our impending workload.
For a start there is a very comfortable bar/lounge area which is not only spacious but also full of character, including a suspended upturned wine rack and a wall mural that Nick was very impressed with.
The bar serves a wide range of beers, wines and spirits to enjoy whilst waiting to eat or simply just watching the sun go down.
Our guests take great pride in the standards of the pool, as in their jobs they were involved with the training of lifeguards. In water fearing Nick’s words, if he was going to drown anyone where he would be happiest doing it here. Although our guests were keen to state that they would rather he didn’t, they agreed with the sentiment!
After lots of deliberation we both reverted to our national stereotypes (without realising), Flora chose mushroom ravioli whilst Nick opted for Fish and chips.
Next up was the main dishes, Flora’s looking authentically Italian garnished with sage and Nick’s with mushy peas and tartar sauce. The portions were a very generous size and the food coupled with the views and ambience, made for a memorable evening. Unfortunately our work commitments meant that we had to skip dessert (so frustrating) but we did manage to have a final chat with our lovely hosts, thanking them for their fantastic hospitality and wishing them every success for the future.
If you are looking for a very friendly, spacious, family orientated place to eat in Xemxija, then look no further than Trattoria al Mare. Open Wednesday to Saturday from 6pm and Sundays for lunch from noon.
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