Why you should Visit Malta in January!

January is the perfect time for a quick weekend getaway to beat the post-Christmas blues and freezing temperatures. Malta doesn’t get that extreme cold weather that our northern European cousins endure, though it does get a bit too cold to sit on the beach.  So, why should you visit Malta in January? Low-cost flights to Malta in January Thanks to the very many low-cost airlines that operate in and out of Malta such as RyanAir and AirMalta, getting to the island now is not only easy but during winter it is super affordable.  Numerous direct flights from many of our European neighbours such as the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain to name but a few means that Malta is an ideal location of a weekend break.  Add to this…

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Must-Do Experiences In Malta During The Christmas Holidays

Christmas is a highly celebrated festival in Malta and Gozo. It’s a truly wonderful combination of festive merry making and religious traditions that are part of the fabric of the nation. The yuletide season is celebrated to its fullest on the Maltese Islands with a real community spirit. Nativity scenes, carol services and many other fabulously festive events are organised by local communities coming together. Everyone is welcome, so join the good people of Malta for your most Christmassy Christmas ever with some of these perfect experiences. 1.Visit the unique experience that is Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem is a truly breath-taking reproduction that takes visitors back to the time of Judea and the birth of Christ over 2000 years ago. The streets of Bethlehem come to life for a month…

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What Makes Risette Ideal For A Christmas Gathering With Friends & Family

A get-together with your loved ones is always special but at Christmas time, it’s extra special.  Even if you can’t all meet up on the big day itself, you can still make any lunch or dinner in December the most perfect Christmas celebration. Risette at Casa Ellul overlooking Old Theatre Street in the heart of Valletta will make that day the most wonderful Christmas gathering imaginable thanks to the beautifully festive surroundings and the excellent food, and countless thoughtful touches. This year allow us to bring you the most wonderful Christmas imaginable.  Enjoy the service, warmth and comfort that Risette is renowned for, along with the cosy, heart-warming and effortless festive feel that will ensure one golden moment after another. At Risette you can bring together your friends, colleagues or…

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Why Valletta Is A Must Visit On A Weekend

With Valletta being the European Capital of Culture for 2018 the restaurants, bars and city streets are buzzing day and night with activity throughout the year, no matter whether it’s summer or winter.  The city is alive with music, thought provoking performing arts, exhibitions, installations and much more. Only a few decades ago Valletta was known for being a ghost town at night following on from the closure of its infamous bars, bordellos and music venues in the 1960s.  Valletta’s lively night time spirit was all but finished, but over recent years, restaurants, trendy bars and nightlife hotspots have opened their doors once more and there is a fantastic selection of new restaurants popping up all over the city. As the street of Malta’s capital city comes alive again after…

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Christmas Programme 2018

Private Dining At Risette This year, allow us to bring you the most perfect Christmas imaginable at Risette. Countless thoughtful touches and our exquisite menu. Get together with your friends, colleagues or family to indulge in our delicious, freshly-prepared dishes, beautifully paired with exceptional wines, and enjoy our fabulous festive atmosphere. Our chef has carefully designed menus that are perfect for this festive occasion. We’ll take care of everything for you so you can focus on what’s really important – celebrating in style with your loved ones. From the 1st November until 30th December: Option A Reserve Risette Room One – for up to 19 guests Option B Reserve Full Restaurant – for up to 30 guests Click to view the Risette Festive Programme 2018

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Things To Do In Valletta On A Rainy Day

Autumn and Winter months in Valletta are like no other.  Temperatures drop to anywhere between 10⁰C to 20⁰C, so very mild indeed when compared to other European countries! The rainfall is light hence not enough to put a stop to anyone having fun in the buzzing capital city. Valletta is full of compelling attractions which make anyone’s stay worthwhile, no matter what the weather. Here is our list of top attractions to visit in beautiful Valletta on a rainy day: 1. Saint John’s Co-Cathedral This is one of the oldest churches in Valletta and it was built by the Order of St. John between 1572 and 1577. The church was designed by a renowned Maltese architect, Girolamo Cassar. Its exterior is designed in a Mannerist architecture with the façades bounded…

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Risette Desserts – A Mind Blowing Experience!

Every second of the eating experience at Risette is something special, but we highly recommend you save room for dessert to finish off your meal with something truly indulgent. The desserts at Risette continue the theme of a unique pairing of ingredients, theatre and passion from Chef Andrew Borg and his team. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be open minded as you choose something special from the menu. Here’s what guests are saying about Risette already, plus a list of reasons why you need to stay for at least 3 courses: “Amazing dinner with excellent dessert – Really tasty and delicate dinner. It is obvious, that the Chef is performing at its best. Each dish is made with pure love and passion. Specially I would like to emphasize the…

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Risette’s Red Wine Guide

If you’re new to choosing fine wine then don’t despair, our guide below tells you the basics that you need to know about choosing a quality red wine to accompany your meals and to suit your personal tastes. Red Wine Boldness & Body Type The boldness of a red wine tends to be related to where the wine has originated from – i.e where the grapes were grown. Red wines produced in cooler climates are more likely to be lighter, whereas bolder wines are more likely to be those produced in warmer climates. There are three widely recognized categories for red wines: light-bodied, usually made up of red fruit flavours, medium-bodied that may be made of a combination of flavours, and full-bodied made up of black fruit flavours. You can…

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Risette In The News!

Since its opening Risette has been making waves in the local, national and international press as one of Malta’s most exciting new restaurants. There are plenty of reasons why there is a buzz about Risette and why food journalists and bloggers are flocking to try the fine food. Chef Andrew Borg & His Team Chef Borg’s reputation preceded him in the most positive way when he joined the Risette team. Chef Borg was already well-known in Malta for his own restaurant The Black Pig and brought with him his own fan base for his “Michelin Star Standard” of cooking and creativity. This review from GuideMeMalta.com giving the food 5 out of 5, shows how highly regarded Chef Andrew Borg is amongst foodies and travel writers alike. “Every bite was an…

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Why Risette Is Ideal For Solo Diners

Valletta is a great city to explore solo. There is so much to see and do, it’s easy to get around, it’s safe, and there are plenty of local bars where you will be welcomed with open arms. There’s a fantastic art scene where you can meet fellow creatives too, and lots of places to hang out and watch the world go by. When You Want To Dine Alone, Risette Is Ideal Maybe you’re travelling as part of a group and just fancy some “me-time” for the evening. Perhaps you’re in Valletta for business and need to find some good food, or perhaps you’re travelling through Europe on an adventure of a life time. Whatever your reasons for dining alone, there are certain things that we know solo diners love…

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