Skip to main content

Meet the Legligin team

What started as solo flight 18 years ago has since evolved into a beloved family-operated venture, spanning two generations united in delivering an unmatched Maltese dining experience. In the beginning, Legligin was run solely by Chris Mifsud Bonnici, who juggled cooking, preparation, and service. Today, Chris is joined by his son Thomas and a devoted team, together forging a legacy rooted in familial culinary tradition and innovation.

Established in 2007, Legligin remains one of Valletta's oldest family-run eateries.


Thomas Mifsud Bonnici’s life in hospitality began at Legligin as a boy, where he was immersed in the industry from a young age, shaping his love for catering. Initially trained as a mixologist, he later pursued hospitality management at ITS, and then spent seven formative years working at The Goring in London, an experience which greatly expanded his horizons. Returning to Malta and leaving behind London in lockdown, rediscovered his love for the island and its culinary scene. His career trajectory saw Thomas managing the Grain brand and helped secure the Michelin Star for two years at Under Grain and the Bib Gourmand at Grain Street. Longing to return to his roots, he found his way back to Legligin, where his heart truly lies.



Chris Mifsud Bonnici, the force behind Legligin, embarked on a culinary journey when he opened his first restaurant in 1993, inspired by his mother’s traditional recipes. In 2007, all his accumulated ideas and experiences came together to form Legligin, which he infused with the essence of home-cooked Mediterranean cuisine, emphasising quality ingredients and slow cooking techniques. As the driver behind Legligin’s inception, Chris’ dedication to serving exceptional wines and delectable dishes set the restaurant apart in Malta’s burgeoning wine scene. A true enthusiast for anything Maltese, Chris’ passion for his home island is palpable in every aspect of Legligin’s ambiance and offerings; there’s a story hiding in every nook and cranny, and Chris will be happy to tell you all about it, lending more charm to Legligin’s warm and welcoming atmosphere.



Lyubov, the boss’ boss, manages the floor at Legligin alongside Chris and Thomas, bringing her unique flair to our team. She has immersed herself in the traditions of Maltese cooking and has become an adoptive daughter of her new homeland island. As the creative force behind Legligin’s desserts, Lyubov draws inspiration from traditional Maltese recipes and her dedication to mastering the nuances of Maltese cuisine is evident in every dessert she crafts.



Santa, the talented young chef at Legligin, embodies dedication and excellence in every dish she crafts. With unwavering reliability, patience, and professionalism, she consistently exceeds expectations, bringing Chris’s culinary vision to life with finesse. Her steadfast commitment to her craft and the team is evident in every aspect of her work. Santa’s unwavering culinary dedication contributes greatly to the restaurant’s continued success and reputation for excellence, and under her stewardship, Legligin’s dining experience has been propelled to new heights.



Gaston is a permanent fixture at Legligin, with an unwavering expression, and if only he could talk, oh the gossip and secrets he would relate.


To capture the essence of Legligin, combine treasured family recipes, a dedicated team, the leadership of Chris, Lyubov and Thomas, place in a quaint historic locale, and pair with a superb wine selection.


Kind words from our guests

Difficult to find words to describe such a magnificent experience.
The food, service and ambiance were all exceptional and all we had to do was pick the wine. This is Art.

Great tasting menu and excellent wine flight served with interesting history and knowledge of the wines. I don't often leave reviews but I would recommend this.

Beautiful food and service, I let them know when l booked that lam a vegetarian with a nut allergy and they made me a beautiful and abundant tasting menu.
Absolutely delicious.

A journey through the cuisine of Malta in a cozy space, warm service and great dishes.
An absolutely wonderful experience at a very reasonable price.

Zak ReidInstructor, Skate Nao

Amazing food and service.
The food was delicious and paired well with the wine.
The sommelier was especially nice and
entertaining with a fantastic knowledge of the wine. The food came quick and there was great attention to detail.


Gift Cards

Book at Legligin