According to an recent announcement, Valletta’s only upscale Indian restaurant Naan Bar has launched a seasonal menu featuring several new dishes to cater to growing demand in Malta during the pandemic for healthier meal options that families can also enjoy at home. The new menu includes an extensive number of vegan-compliant, gluten-free and keto-friendly dishes that have been designed to make healthy eating fun and enjoyable.
At the forefront of typical Indian dishes are spices such as turmeric, fenugreek, coriander, ginger and cumin that not only add rich flavour but also possess powerful nutritional benefits. One of the most popular spices used in Indian dishes, Turmeric, is known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anticancer properties as it contains a compound called curcumin has been found to fight inflammation in the body, improve brain function and reduce risk factors of heart disease. One of the most popular cocktails on the Naan Bar menu is the Naan Gin & Tonic which features a gin infused with the healing Tulsi and curry leaf and served with lime and tonic water.
As Valletta’s only Indian restaurant, Naan Bar was created to introduce modern Indian cuisine to capital city of Valletta in 2019 – the year when Valletta was the E.U. Culture Capital. The restaurant was launched by a Master Chef finalist and is owned third-generation hotelier Amruda Nair, from the family that founded the luxury hotel group Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts in India. The restaurant is thus helmed by Indian chefs from India’s finest luxury hotels, adhering to traditional cooking methods while experimenting with local ingredients and modern presentation.
Inspired by the diversity and rich history of Indian cuisine, the Naan Bar kitchen creates modern dishes using traditional techniques and finest quality ingredients.The menu is a culinary balance of signature dishes and seasonal specials, exclusively crafted using ingredients and techniques that showcase the culture and cuisine. “Our goal at Naan Bar is to create a truly social dining experience, presenting a contemporary take on nostalgic dishes yet honouring age-old tradition and technique”, says Owner Amruda Nair.
Reservations are recommended but not required to be made at the restaurant, which promotes a casual and upscale dining experience. The restaurant is able to accommodate up to 40 people for private parties and has an infrastructure to cater well to their various culinary needs. Inspired by local Maltese cuisine and locally sourced ingredients, Naan Bar also introduced a festive menu for special occasions that includes innovative dishes such as Avocado Chickpea Chaat, Biryani Arancini, Horse Masala and Rabbit Nihari for group dining in the restaurant’s private dining room.
In its quest to support the community, Naan Bar is also a proud supporter of its neighbour Foodbank Lifeline Foundation, also located in Valletta, that has doubled the number of families it serves during the pandemic.
Naan Bar is based in Valletta, Malta and their emphasis is on Modern Indian food, blending authentic, well-researched recipes with contemporary influences for the creation of their culinary delights. For more information regarding the restaurant and the launch of their new menu, please visit the naanbar website