The de Mondion Restaurant Michelin Star 2021 – It requires a lot of work to achieve a Michelin star and it requires harder effort to retain it. We promise to keep upping our performance and not let it go!
It’s been a tough year for everyone especially for those in the leisure and catering industry worldwide. The news that the de Mondion Restaurant has achieved its first Michelin Star came as a surprise and we were overjoyed to learn that we were one of the three locals which obtained this globally prestigious culinary award. A few days following the news we were forced to close our doors due to the rise of the pandemic. In summer 2020, a ray of hope shone upon us and we were back in business with changes to adhere with the new restrictions.
From that day onwards, our team worked harder than ever. We had no time to spare and we instantly initiated our efforts to improve and up our standards and live up to our clients’ expectations.
Despite the setbacks that the industry went through in 2020, our kitchen brigade and the front of house alike persevered. The performance of their tireless work got us to retain the Michelin star for another year.
The de Mondion Restaurant has been widely acknowledged as one of the top restaurants on the islands and has been constantly improving the experience of each and every client that visits our fine dining restaurant set atop centuries old bastions in the upper floor of The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux in Mdina. The de Mondion Restaurant enjoys an unparalleled view of more than half the island. Dinner is served in the breathtaking terrace during balmy summer nights. During colder months the de Mondion serves in a dining room that evokes exclusivity and exhales warmth with its stone fireplace at the entrance. The pink and grey decor complements the Louis XIV chairs and along with the newly redesigned lighting, the de Mondion offers a memorable experience rather than just a dinner.
During 2020, the de Mondion has also launched the private dining experience where one can have a Michelin dinner in an exclusive room with his or her loved ones, an idea that got going straight away.
Lead by our Group Chef de Cuisine Kevin Bonello, the kitchen brigade including Clint Grech, John Agius, Rodrick Micallef and David Debono create a gastronomical experience like no other locally. Together, they revisit the menu on a weekly basis so that the de Mondion stays ahead with the latest gastronomic trends. We constantly work with local farmers, butchers and fishmongers and do our utmost to remain sustainable and highlight the best use of local produce. We take this opportunity to thank the local farmers and local suppliers for their impeccable service on a day to day basis.
The de Mondion’s front of house team is lead by Restaurant Director Nico Caruana alongside Restaurant Manager Zuleika Azzopardi. The rest of the team consists of Anja Arsovic, Sage Agius, Margot Touzeau, Valentina Abela, Christine Borg, Charlo Cachia, Infinitely Xara’s Food & Beverage Manager and Chris Incorvaia, one of Infinitely Xara’s Assistant Food and Beverage Managers. Their constant aim is to maintain non-intrusive yet impeccable sterling service during our dinners.
The constant support received by food critics both locally and internationally fuelled us to work harder and we owe this to all our loyal patrons and those who have visited us in the past years. Your ceaseless reviews encouraged us to keep upping our game and to get where we are now.
“It is a great honour to once again achieve our Michelin star for the second year in a row. I also believe that having such an international renowned gastronomic brand is a great asset for all of those working in the industry as well as patrons who frequently use this guide as a means to travel locally and around the globe” commented our Managing Director Justin Zammit Tabona. “On a final note I would like to thank all our chefs, service staff and patrons for their help and drive to put the Maltese Islands of Malta and Gozo on the international map of gastronomy” he added.
We hope that we can have you in our restaurant, private dining rooms and terrace in the near future and we look forward to seeing you all loyal and potential clients at the de Mondion.