Consistently rated among the top restaurants on the island, de Mondion gets full marks for service, food quality, presentation and wine list. The menu, which is revised seasonally, is designed by chef de cuisine Kevin Bonello and his award-winning brigade. Try the foie gras terrine with truffle oil or the Scottish scallop carpaccio for starters, followed by the fresh local fish of the day, prepared to your liking, or the roasted venison fillet. For a truly enchanting evening, book a table on the terrace and dine al fresco on the Mdina bastions. For a more casual meal head to Trattoria AD 1530 (open 10.30am-10.30pm daily), also found at the Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux, which offers everything from sandwiches and salads to meat and fish dishes.
By Sarah Micallef, features writer
The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux Council Square, Mdina. +356 2145 0560. Open 7.30-10.30pm Mon-Sat. Main courses €30-€40. Credit AmEx, DC, JCB, MC, V.