Date of last visit: 26.05.2012 for an early dinner
The Location: Mdina (close to Ciappetti Restaurant)
No of Victims: 2
The Damage: EUR 50 (excluding wine)
The atmosphere: Once you reach the restaurant and climb up the stairs, you truly immerse yourself in an Arabian world. The decor is fantastic, the light is dim and the floors are covered with Moroccan patterned carpets. There are also private partitions for big groups. The music switches from Arabian to Indian. The terrace upstairs is also worth a visit for a pre or post dinner drink.
The Service: Very professional Restaurant Manager whose leadership controls the staff in a very proficient manner.
The Menu: Indian, North African and Mediterranean dishes, which includes dips, appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, Indian, Arabian and Mediterranean main courses and desserts. The menu can be found on their website – http://www.sharma.com.mt/menus/sharmafoodmenu.pdf
Wine List: Sharma offers its diners to bring their own wine against a corkage fee of EUR 7.95. Alternatively one can also choose from a selection of different wines offered at a price which is cheaper than other restaurants, but which excludes corkage fee.
Our Food: The restaurant offered us a superb Hummus dip accompanied by warm naan bread.
For starters we shared the ‘Mahse’ (oven baked stuffed marrows with minced meat, onions, rice and herbs) which we did not really like and the ‘Embattan’ (deep fried potatoes stuffed with a mixture of minced meat,onions, eggs and herbs), which were slightly better and tastier than the latter.
For mains we again shared two Arabian dishes; the Lamb Tagine (lamb cooked with potatoes and onions) and the Kuskse Bel Bosla (lamb cooked with onions and (invisible chickpeas), and served with couscous). They were both very tasty and we liked best the Kuskse Bel Bosla. We did not finish the mains due to the massive portions.
For dessert we had the Kulfi Malai, an Indian icecream made from thick sweetened milk. We finished our meal with coffee in the balcony. Unfortunately tea is not offered on the menu. Including North African mint tea and Indian chai tea would really complement Sharma’s menu.
Verdict: Sharma was one of those places which I had wanted to visit due to the only positive comments I had heard from friends. In fact when leaving the restaurant I told my guest that we will go back to taste the Indian dishes. However, a couple of weeks later, my guest visited the place with relatives but unfortunately the second visit turned out to be different from the first one. The dishes were not as satisfying in taste as the first time round and the staff were not as cordial this time. Therefore I am a bit in a fix and am not sure whether there will be a second visit or not. If you have been to Sharma, please share your experience with us…
Address: 19, Casa Magazzini, Triq l-Imħażen, MDN1201 Mdina, Malta
Telephone. : +356 2145 3817 or +356 9999 6315