Diners are enveloped in soft pinks and velvety greens at Barbajean, which occupies a prime corner spot in the seaside town of Dingli in Malta.

Mizzi Studio designed the restaurant, which stands out on the grey cobbled streets thanks to its rose-coloured plaster exterior. Guests enter via forest green doors, apparently chosen as a nod to the coloured doors and balconies of typical Maltese homes.

Malta’s Barbajean restaurant is a jewellery-box of colours
Photography: Brian Grech

The colour palette continues inside, where the restaurant’s drinks selection is lit by hot pink neon lighting, and surrounded by a dark green counter and pale pink bar stools. Guests staying for dinner sit on velvet banquettes beneath arch-shaped brass wall lights.

Barbajean’s menu of modern Maltese dishes – which includes the restaurant’s own take on the scotch egg – is served up on pink terrazzo tables.

No 6, Misrah Frenc Abela, Triq Il-Parroċċa, Ħad-Dingli, Malta

Malta’s Barbajean restaurant is a jewellery-box of colours
Photography: Brian Grech
Malta’s Barbajean restaurant is a jewellery-box of colours
Photography: Brian Grech
Malta’s Barbajean restaurant is a jewellery-box of colours
Photography: Brian Grech

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