Alive Bistro was created out of love for home-cooked meals and a desire to heal through nutrition. Darren and Nikola strive to create a warm and friendly atmosphere, playing chill tunes and welcoming all with big smiles. It’s easy to see that this awesome duo is doing what they love. Located in Marsalforn, just a short walk from the seaside, you can dine in or take it to go and get a dose of fresh sea air.
Creating their menu around seasonal produce, Alive believes in keeping it fresh and local; so local that they get their vegetables from the farmer across the road! Nikola is incredibly passionate about food; she’s continuously brainstorming ideas for new and delicious meals. The way Nikola sees it, is that when she’s cooking in Alive’s kitchen, it is just as if she were cooking for herself, but on a larger scale. Alive Bistro boasts a predominantly vegan menu with specials that change according to what’s in season, such as vegan lasagne and vegan moussaka, all of which can be served with nutritious microgreens. At Alive you will also find homemade bread and burger buns and on some days, freshly-baked muffins and cinnamon rolls! Serving a range of beverages from fair trade coffee, to homemade lemonades, to sulphate free and bio-organic wines. One thing that is not to be missed is the incredible selection of mouth-watering, vegan cakes, which includes raw and gluten-free options.
You can find a variety of eco-friendly and organic products for sale as well as homemade syrups and jams, all of which sit on shelves made from repurposed wood pellets. The totally wooden interior, plants and rustic décor gives the eatery a natural and homely feel.
Sustainability is vital to Daren and Nikola; they implement sustainability initiatives into their service where possible, such as using compostable takeaway containers and straws.
‘’At Alive the word sustainability means a lot. As for us, the symbiotic relationship between good food and the environment plays a big role in everything that links great health and happiness.’’
They also make a conscious effort to source all their supplies from Gozo, believing that supporting the local community is an essential part of running a business and reducing carbon footprint.
Alive also offers a catering service and has more exciting projects planned for the future.