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Back to Business (Lunches)

After the Christmas hiatus the business lunch scene swings back into full force. Malta’s business lunch is a time for chit-chat and building relationships, and definitely more than just a fuel stop. It’s also great for multi-tasking, meaning people eat well while continuing to talk business. The “working lunch” is an extension of the famous Maltese work ethic and is encapsulated by the tasty business lunch menus at Pegasus, one of Valletta’s time-honoured eateries.

Pegasus is conveniently set just outside the ancient city walls, perfect for the 8 tumoli of kitchen gardens that supply the award-winning brigade of chefs with fresh vegetables and fruit all year round. Pegasus is the only restaurant in Valletta to have its own kitchen garden.

A Pegasus business lunch features local ingredients prepared in a multitude of specials every week based on delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Food & Beverage Manager Francesco Perricone has structured the business lunch menu with the goal of providing cutting-edge, seasonally-appropriate food and drink at prix fixe, €25 for a 2-course and €28 for a 3-course lunch. “We would rather have people here twice a week, than once a month,” remarked Mr. Perricone. “This is obvious to the casual observer who recognises friendly locals each and every visit.”

Pegasus serves its business lunches Monday through to Saturday from 12:30 until a generous last orders at 3:00pm which underlines its Mediterranean roots, lingering over great food to discuss complex business deals. Both the 2-course and 3-course prix fixe menus have a choice from a selection of 3 starters, 3 main courses and 3 desserts, as well as 2 daily specials which are cooked according to seasonal inspiration. The menus change weekly on a Monday and Mr. Perricone has developed a special selection of wines, available both by the glass and the bottle, to help ease the conversation. The signature a la carte menu is also available at all times, as is free wi-fi.

International reviewers including prestige Italian journalists from Gambero Rosso, Ms Alessandra Colaci, Mr Gabriele Eschenazi and Ms Marilisa Bruno and Sarah Scarpone have been beating a path to the Pegasus. A select group of some of Britain’s top food writers such as Nick Harman, editor of leading UK food website Foodepedia together with David Blake from Planet Confidential, Salutations media’s Beverley Uddin-Khandakar, Sid Raghava from Kensington and Chelsea Review and stylist Emma Sleight all ate at Pegasus and follows on a spate of interest in Malta with Jamie Oliver’s team here recently lauding praise on the Maltese culinary scene. Mr. Harman assessed how the kitchen garden concept is translating into creativity at Pegasus, “Fine cooking with playful touches, as well as grand gestures.”

The last word goes to Executive Chef Saul Halevi who says, “I believe fresh, natural food tastes better, like the world-class fish which our artisan fishermen deliver daily. Of course, we believe in supporting our local organic farmers and those practicing sustainable agriculture. Getting balance in life, nature and food is difficult but well worth the effort. I like to pay homage to the great Mediterranean dishes and styles of cooking that have evolved since the beginning of time and put our own little spin on them. We want Pegasus to be a positive force in the lives of the people who become involved with it and improve their lives as a result.”

For further information see www.phoeniciamalta.com or www.facebook.com/phoeniciahotel, or call 2122 5241 to make lunch your business.

Last modified onSunday, 01 February 2015 22:15

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