Nestled beneath the Valletta bastions along the busting Marsamxett coastline, Cockney’s started life 90 years ago as a fishing shop and adjacent café. This was the perfect location for a fishing shop and Nannu Charles stocked it well with tackle, lines, rods and paint. Having bought what they needed, fishermen and sailors would head to the café next door to play cards and have a coffee or a drink. The idea to call the restaurant Cockney’s came from their grandfather’s nickname. He was so called because he had spent a lot of time in London and had quite an accent! History is always present from its elevated terrace, one may admire the magnificent view of historical Fort Manoel.
Cockney’s menu is compact and specialises in mouthwatering selections of seafood dishes and fresh fish bought daily from local fishermen. A sharing platter of antipasto misto packed with grilled cold Mediterranean vegetables served with a mix of Maltese nibbles is a great starter. Plump and juicy mussels tossed in garlic and cooked with white wine, fresh lemon juice and herbs are delicious. The spaghetti with fresh prawns and shrimps cooked with garlic and wine, tomato sauce and a touch of cream is a highly recommended option. You also can’t miss the traditional rabbit stew, slow-cooked in the oven. A selection of wine to compliment your meal is also available. Cockney’s is a mature, third-generation restaurant with heart. Allow time for cooking and allow richly flavoured food steeped in rich family history.