Food & drink
This Michelin star resto is moving to a gorgeous new spot & here's what it'll look like!
Renders of the new location reveal a cool and contemporary spot that’s destined to become a must-visit in the local dining scene.

Sarah Micallef

We’ve got some very exciting news for foodies – popular Michelin-starred restaurant Bahia is set to move from its historic, converted townhouse in Lija to a new home, on the upper floors of the renowned Villa Corinthia within Corinthia Palace, later this year.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bahia, which recently earned its first Michelin star, to Corinthia Palace,” says their General Manager Adrian Attard. “Bahia’s reputation for exceptional quality, innovative cuisine and service excellence are values long shared by Corinthia and this synergy, as well as our mutual ethos, make this an ideal partnership.”  

Since opening its (at the time, unfinished) doors five years ago, Bahia has made waves on the local restaurant scene, gaining recognition among discerning foodies for its creative food, eye for detail and professional service.

And if you’ve not visited, you should – the chic bistro is known for pushing the boundaries of the dining experience, as well as its adventurous marketing campaigns tackling topical issues.

Bahia Corinthia 

“Change is challenging and the decision to move from the place where it all started was not an easy one,” remarks Colin Ciantar, owner of Bahia, speaking of the move.

“Although we will miss the space in Lija, we are committed to continue delivering a holistic experience to our diners in a comfortable and contemporary space, both indoors and outdoors,” he adds, revealing impressive renders of the new location designed by QP, which has supported Corinthia in stunning projects in several of its locations, including Tripoli, St Petersburg, Budapest, Lisbon, Khartoum and Prague.

Bahia Corinthia

Having had the pleasure of attending a press event announcing the news at Bahia’s new venue last week, we can’t wait to see the concept come to fruition. While the space is still very much ‘in the works’, there’s a sense of excitement in the air, along with a distinct feeling of what’s to come – a cool and contemporary spot that’s destined to become a must-visit in the local dining scene.

Bahia Corinthia

The food served during the event was also a delectable teaser of what we can expect – featuring stunning dishes like a scallop tartare in a fennel and caper dashi, stout-braised local snails and my personal favourite, ‘beef olives of the future’, with delicious beef short rib.

Bahia Corinthia

As part of the flagship venue and ‘spiritual home’ of the global Corinthia brand, the origins of Corinthia Palace date back to the 1960s, when the founding family set new standards for Malta’s hospitality industry. Today, the highly acclaimed Corinthia Palace remains synonymous with luxury, style and excellence, in its magnificent original setting beside the beautiful San Anton Palace – we can’t think of a more fitting home for the Michelin-starred Bahia, and will certainly be among the first to visit! 

Photos at press launch by Shaun Spiteri

21st July 2021


Sarah Micallef
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Sarah Micallef
A keen traveller with an interest in most things, Sarah loves her island home as much as she loves getting away from it, and enjoys discovering and re-discovering the gems, hidden corners and unique stories of her native Malta and Gozo.

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