Risette nestled under the watchful eye of the Lady of Mount Carmel Church is a fine dining experience with a modern twist. Set within the stunning boutique hotel Casa Ellul, Risette is in the heart of old Valletta but is most definitely looking to the future.
Each item on the menu at Risette has evolved from a process within the kitchens led by Head Chef Andrew Borg to ensure that everyone that steps through the door is spoilt for choice. Andrew, previously Chef Patron of the Black Pig Restaurant, has worked in some of the best kitchens across Europe which has perfected his knowledge of fine cuisine. The menu is a fusion of cultures and methods, it looks to the past and to the future and it brings to the table dishes that express Andrew’s passion for the essence of good food. To bring forward the taste and flavour within the ingredients through the mastery of techniques new and old. To push boundaries and to create dishes that do justice to the fine produce that he chooses, to include on the menu such as a veal sweetbread with pink grapefruit, smoked eel and broad beans, John Dory with Jerusalem artichokes, romanesco and mussels, sauce vin jaune and Guinea fowl with charred onion, chicory and pear to name but a few.
Set within Casa Ellul, a beautifully opulent baroque inspired old Maltese palazzo. The house has been within the Ellul family for generations and holds within it a sense of history. The house is still very much within the family so when you are welcomed to Casa Ellul and Risette you are warmly welcomed into a family treasure. From the beautiful artwork to the lighting that fits the mood perfectly, the elegantly modern surroundings of Risette strike a relaxed note with a sophisticated air.
At Risette there is a passion for using the freshest and finest produce available, in order to achieve this, Andrew and his team work with the seasons for a real farm to fork experience. The menu adapts with the flow of nature and therefore changes weekly to provide its guests with natures very own specialities.
It is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day so where better to start than at Risette? The breakfast menu offers you a relaxed semi-buffet style service. To tempt your taste buds there is everything from Danish pastries and croissants to Maltese breads and sweet cakes, all served with homemade jam and marmalade. You can enjoy a continental start to the day over tea, coffee and fresh orange juice whilst you make the choice between a full English breakfast will all the trimmings, Eggs Benedict or Eggs Royale. Decisions, decisions. All we can say it that whatever you chose it will be cooked to perfection as all hot breakfasts at Risette are cooked to order.
Risette offers a set lunch menu that doesn’t pull its punches. Continuing the fine dining experience with choices such as cauliflower velouté with marjoram, roasted pork fillet with confit of root vegetable and chocolate, smoked caramel tart and hazelnut ice-cream. All finished off with coffee or tea and petits fours. Lunch set within Risette’s gracefully relaxing surroundings and with service that is a cut above, 30 euros for three courses is truly a lot of bang for your buck.
With so much on offer at Risette we know that you will find it hard to save room for dessert but with the finest homemade desserts on the offer you really must. Risette is renowned for its desserts and a sneaky peak at the menu will tell you why with delights such as almond mille-feuille with rhubarb and Madagascan vanilla ice cream to sample you just won’t be able to resist.
To say that the wine list at Risette is vast is an understatement. To meet the variety of wonders and tastes of the food produced by Andrew and his team it certainly needs to be. Devised to compliment the taste of the menu the sommeliers will ensure that you always have the right wine for the occasion. However, when only champagne will do Risette has Bollinger, Tattinger and Dom Perignon to choose from and for that extra special toast there is a selection of vintage champagnes from 2002 onwards.
We look forward to welcoming you to Risette during your holiday in Malta and to making it a truly magical one to remember.