The 2015 WRMC Restaurants Quality Recognition Awards, being the third edition of this prestigious restaurant event, was held on Monday, the 26th of January, 2015 at Hilton Malta, during a gala dinner and presentation ceremony organised for this purpose.
Two hundred and sixty guests from the top hotels, restaurants, sponsors and special guests participated in this year's event, with fifty-five top restaurants having been short-listed to receive one or more of the sixty-one awards that were conferred, with the highly coveted Silver Spoon Awards; the Blue Riband Awards; the Lifetime Achievement Award being the highlight of the evening as well as the awards to the Valletta Waterfront restaurants by concept; the top ten family-oriented casual dining restaurants, and the special awards to two promising top chefs.
The Blue Riband Award
A number of Valletta Waterfront were awarded the prestigious Blue Riband Award: Pintonino Restaurant ; Nan Yuan Cantonese Restaurant; Brown’s Restaurant; Q Bar & Restaurant and Pepe Nero.
Pintonino and Pepe Nero have retained the WRMC Blue Riband Award from 2014 and have been presented with the WRMC Blue Riband Plaque to display along with the 2014 certificate.
Nan Yuan, Brown’s and QBar & Restaurant have been conferred with the WRMC Blue Riband award this year and were presented with the 2015 certificate.
The Best Restaurants at Valletta Waterfront by concept
Valletta Cruise Port plc, the WRMC’s (Wines and Restaurants of Malta.Com) Commercial Partner in its efforts to upgrade the Valletta Waterfront even further, has worked on the creation of a special WRMC restaurant award.
- Pintonino best for fish and seafood and for the most exotic wine collection and cellar.
- Nan Yuan Cantonese Restaurant best ethnic restaurant for Cantonese Chinese cuisine
- Brown’s Restaurant best concept restaurant – family, casual and up-scale dining
- Q Bar and Restaurant best for Mediterranean cuisine
- Pepe Nero best for Pizza and beef dishes
- Bistro 516 best for Gluten free and family dining
which awards have been awarded during the WRMC’s Gala Awards Presentation Dinner.
All Valletta Waterfront restaurants have been under adjudication during 2014, and the inspections were completed by the 15th of January, 2015, by initial survey teams as well as by appointed, professional, anonymous inspectors, to arrive at the final decisions on the finalists. Inspections and adjudication are carried out in the most professional and internationally accepted manner and quality assurance criteria, which takes into consideration the complete dining experience with adjudication targeting primarily: cuisine quality – freshness of ingredients; preparation and presentation of individual dishes; attention to detail, use of fresh seasonal ingredients and taste; harmony of menu and concept; ambience; atmosphere and decor of both the al fresco as well as the internal restaurants; cleanliness and condition of restrooms; management – attitude and attention to clients’ needs; service – individual waiter service and efficiency; wine list – choice of good wines and reasonable mark-ups especially on local wines; overall value for menu.
Awards are not simply conferred for the sake of giving an award, but the finalists to receive the accolade of the Best Restaurants at Valletta Waterfront 2015. Restaurants must have received not less than 8.5 points through the consolidated results of all inspections carried out in each particular restaurant.
The WRMC Restaurants Quality Recognition Awards are the ultimate indication of the utmost quality of the top restaurants in Malta, which are subjected to a thorough adjudication criteria by professional inspectors and reviewers.