A "busy and lively" restaurant with "good food" and a "great owner".

Taking its name from Malta’s ‘national’ tree (its flowers are red and white like the flag), many of which decorate the large, attractive and open square in front of the church in Xaghra, this restaurant is the place to which locals, and weekending Maltese, flock- perhaps nostalgically to be reminded about how good their native cuisine used to taste. Not surprisingly, therefore, that this is the place for fenkata, the traditional two course meal that starts with spaghetti (or rice); another favourite main course is local lamb, when in season.

Dining is usually outdoors, on the busy square, in summer, and a cantilevered awning adds protection against both sunshine and unseasonal showers. In winter the attractively arched interior, refurbished and brightened up with glass doors providing extra light and a clear view of the square, is cosy and comfortable. The enthusiastic owner is a hospitable host, often regretting having to turn so many casual callers away (so booking is essential), but always happy to guide diners through his local Maltese menu.

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2024 Ratings

Food: 44
Service: 43
Ambience: 43
Overall: 43

These ratings out of 50 are the results of our annual survey by 4,143 diners who dined out on an average of 1- 2 times a week-

323,154 dining experiences in a year.

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Tue-Sun - lunch and dinner. Mon closed all day.
€41 average price per person.


10, Triq il-Knisja, Xaghra, Gozo

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