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Great Places To Try Fenkata, Malta's National Dish

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Updated: 25 October 2016
Malta is a small island in the Mediterranean located southeast of Sicily, with its own unique cultural heritage and cuisine. One of its most famous dishes is called fenkata, or rabbit stew, which is often served at gatherings with family and friends. This dish emerged as an act of resistance in response to the rabbit hunting restrictions in place while Malta was under control of the Knights of St. John during the 1500s. Today, you can find this dish throughout the island. Here is a list of our favorite places to try fenkata.
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New Life Bar & Restaurant

New Life Bar & Restaurant is located in Bahrija, a village surrounded by rural landscapes. This no frills Maltese restaurant is ideal for enjoying a meal alfresco on a breezy evening on the island. The food is utterly authentic, and the menu features some fantastic fenkata. This rendition of rabbit stew is prepared just like it was in the old days. The rabbit is marinated overnight in wine and bay leaves, and the stew is cooked with Maltese grown potatoes. If you’re looking to try something a bit more adventurous, you can also get your fenkata with horsemeat.

New Life Bar & Restaurant, Tan-Niqra, Ir-Rabat, Malta