A first impression – sitting in the shade facing the sea on a glorious day, life buzzing by while you’re taking your sweet time choosing from the appetizing menu. Still in time for a leisurely brunch. Perfect.

U must do something exciting everyday. U must enjoy your life. U must exercise. U only have one body, use it in any way U can. It’s the greatest instrument U will ever own. U must get plenty of calcium. U must care for your friends and family. Understand them. U are an individual. U an U alone make your own choices. Maybe U will get rich, maybe U won’t. U will fall in love. U win some U lose some. U must have a balanced, healthy diet. U are what U eat. Who are U?

This is what it says on the U Bistrot business card. It’s just a card, but the pleasure of dining out lies in the little details, the service, the experience. The service here doesn’t disappoint. It IS service with a smile, with a little joke thrown in and it’s pleasingly accommodating. Have I said that a smile goes a long way? Especially when it’s not forced. The food is great with attention to detail, but I am simply smitten with the breakfast menu – what I have come to call ‘posh brunch’. So that is what I will be focusing my attention on.

Eggs Benedict served on a choice of either smoked salmon or smoked gammon on crunchy Maltese bread and topped with a divine and generous portion of Hollandaise sauce. This sauce tastes like a combination of egg yolk and mustard; so if you like a tangy taste, go for it. I want to try making my own soon, following Jamie Oliver’s recipe.

For a more traditional approach, go for the full English Breakfast made with fine ingredients and served on a tile. I enjoyed the presentation of this, but I’ve read a few reviews where the tile was dissed. Not a salient point in this case, since the grub was good and my eyes were pleased.

There are various places around the island (especially touristic areas) where one can get a decent, cheap breakfast and sometimes cheap and cheerful goes a long way. Alas, a lady of leisure cannot survive on decent breakfast alone.. sometimes she wants a posh brunch in the sun for an extra couple of euros. Yes, she does. And at U Bistrot they serve breakfast until noon, the setting is great, the staff polite and the portions plentiful. Contented sigh 🙂

U Bistrot

Balluta Bay, St. Julian’s Malta

+356 2311 2361


  1. Posted May 23, 2013 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    One comment – where is this place?? 😀

    • Posted May 23, 2013 at 8:40 am | Permalink

      hahahahaha! Was too busy drooling. Thanks for pointing this out 🙂 Will edit immediately

  2. Cora
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    I love that place! I used to go there ALL the time! Do they still have the slimmer’s menu?

  3. Posted May 23, 2013 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm they look mouth watering…..

  4. Cora
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    PS that place started my love affair with carrot cake

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