Fernandõ Gastrotheque opened its doors in June 2018 to offer diners a space where people can enjoy the finer things in life — a phenomenal encounter with exceptional food and superior wines.
It is also the next chapter of a family business story that started in 1984 and to whom the restaurant is dedicated; Fernando Grech, a hard-working father and entrepreneur.
Since the start, fernandõ’s commitment to excellence resulted in instant success and also in several awards. In 2021 less than 3 years from opening, we got listed in the prestigious MICHELIN Guide. The continuous hard work paid dividends and in March 2023, Fernandõ Gastrotheque was awarded the first MICHELIN star. Fernandõ was also voted as the best wine list in the Maltese island for 2022 and 2023 and also in 2023 awarded two forks by the FORBES restaurant guide.
This is only the beginning of our next chapter.
Our philosophy lies in acknowledging the responsibilities we restaurateurs carry. Which is that of reciprocating the time and money invested by our customers when visiting our restaurant. We have the responsibility to live up to and accede to the expectations that we have created. To achieve this we need a highly committed, talented, trained, and motivated team. We are in the entertainment industry and each member of the team is well prepared to put on his best show.
To celebrate the first successful year of operation, the team at Fernando decided to commission local portrait artist Joanne Falzon to create an homage to the people in the wine industry. From the lesser known to the more famous, from the people on the forefront to the ones behind the scenes, Faces of Wine graces the walls of Fernando with well-crafted portraits of these people. Launched in October 2019, Face of Wine is a live exhibition, that is constantly updated with new faces.
Kurt Micallef epitomizes unwavering commitment and focus in his culinary endeavors. Starting at 21, he honed his skills through prestigious culinary institutions and Michelin-starred stints. Kurt's dedication extends to continuous improvement and refinement of both his food and the teams growth.
My culinary journey began in Malta as I was exposed to different experiences at a number of local restaurants. I continued building and sharpening my skills at Michelin star level restaurants both in Scotland and more recently in Malta. Beyond my passion for the kitchen, I enjoy traveling, hiking and reading in my free time.
Auguste, a Lithuanian creative industry's specialist, discovered her passion for catering alongside her studies. After relocating to Malta, she delved into the world of fine dining at Fernando Gastrotheque, cultivating an interest in wines through WSET courses. Following an enriching stint in Lithuania under renowned sommelier Martynas Pravilionis, Auguste returns to Fernando Gastrotheque, equipped with knowledge, enthusiasm and eager to embark on new culinary endeavors.
My name is Anaí Avilés Martínez, from the middle of the world, Quito- Ecuador, a little country in South America. I studied hospitality and tourism specialized in restaurants, working almost 8 years in the best restaurants and hotels from my country and Strasbourg-France. A lover of creating different experiences through wine pairings and service.