Opening: Restaurant L-Istorja at Kempinski San Lawrenz

Roger Hohl
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Nestled within the luxurious vacation ambiance of Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz (Malta), guests can now indulge in the finest traditional culinary art infused with global influences. Whether under the open skies or in the stylishly designed indoor spaces, visitors to this 5-star hotel on Malta’s intimate neighboring island, Gozo, can savor a new culinary delight every evening. The newly conceptualized gourmet restaurant, L-Istorja, offers a diverse range of international culinary creations that mirror the vibrant flora of the surrounding Mediterranean landscape.

Trevor Portelli, the Culinary Director of Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz, together with his versatile team, has exclusively crafted a new summer menu for the relaunch of this gastronomic haven by the picturesque Mediterranean Sea. With a strong emphasis on honoring the culinary history of Malta and Gozo, Portelli highlights the influences left by settlers from various countries, such as Italy, France, Spain, Arabia, and Britain. Seasonal ingredients and local produce hold significant importance in curating the new menu, especially evident in the array of vegetarian dishes featured on the summer card.

(c) Kempinski Hotels / Trevor Portelli (Culinary Director)

“Our vision is to elevate the awareness that our traditional local cuisine can be prepared with passion and creativity, and served as refined gastronomy in an elegant setting. The key lies in high-quality ingredients and meticulous preparation, showcasing the distinctiveness of our cuisine,” says Chef Portelli.

The new summer menu presents an enticing selection of traditional dishes with a creative twist. From a vegetarian, French-inspired “Terrine” featuring Belgian caviar as an appetizer, to a pasta offering called “Caramelle” that adds a new look to the dish. Local classics like traditional parsley dough with rabbit filling and Gozo cheese fondue, as well as Jerusalem artichoke with black truffle nestled in a potato nest with garlic and hazelnuts, are Chef Portelli’s personal recommendations. Not to be missed is the legendary sweet version of Gozo Gbejna, an exquisite sheep’s cheese mousse with pear gel, carob base, organic lemon oil, pistachios, and sweet bread.

(c) Kempinski Hotels

According to Ruth Abellan, General Manager of Kempinski San Lawrenz, speaking about L-Istorja: “Our gourmet restaurant, led by a dedicated team, promises an authentic gastronomic experience for our guests. The new menu takes them on a culinary journey through the history of our region. Trevor’s phenomenal work in creating unique dishes that highlight the Maltese heritage while catering to modern tastes is truly commendable.”

(c) Kempinski Hotels

Discover the enchanting blend of tradition, innovation, and exquisite flavors at Restaurant L-Istorja, where Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz invites guests to embark on an extraordinary gastronomic adventure that pays homage to the rich culinary tapestry of the Maltese Islands.

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