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Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.
Pinkberry: Fresh Frozen Yoghurt Treats in Citystars
Though it’s not the first frozen yoghurt shop to open up in Cairo, Pinkberry is actually considered by many to be the original frozen yoghurt chain. It took Pinkberry only seven years to take over the world with their yoghurt-infused swirls. Now open in Egypt, you can find its first branch in Phase 2 of Citystars across from Segue. You can spot the shop from afar because of its bright colours, and the endless line in front of the door. We feel for the staff members who work as hard as they can to clear up the lines.
The interior of Pinkberry is bright yellow and pink, and you can take a seat inside or on the little terrace. You can also just opt for take away. You had better not be an indecisive person by nature when you go to Pinkberry because there are a lot of decisions to be made. First you choose a flavour: you can pick from the original yoghurt flavour or pomegranate, mango, chocolate, coconut and passion fruit. You then choose a small, medium or large portion. Then you can pick from several toppings for your frozen yoghurt. A small original flavour portion (28LE) comes with four toppings; a medium portion comes with six toppings and so on. There are a zillion toppings to choose from. There are lots of fruits like raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, pineapple, kiwi and banana for instance. For toppings, you can also get waffle crumbs, gummy bears and various chocolate toppings.
We opted for the original flavour with raspberry, blackberry, kiwi and blueberry pieces. The original flavour is delicious and the fruit portions were generous. The fruit tasted fresh although we suspect it was imported.
The good news is that Pinkberry is very diet-friendly: a small portion of original flavour yoghurt with fruit contains around 140 calories and zero fat; making it the perfect healthy snack.
We also tried the small chocolate-flavoured yoghurt (32LE) and topped that with pistachio, pineapple, white chocolate shavings and raspberries. The yoghurt had a strong chocolate flavour but was nonetheless very light; in contrast to the typical chocolate desserts that will leave you feeling stuffed. Once again the toppings were served in very generous portions, especially the pistachios that made a nice combination with the chocolate.
The frozen yoghurt is absolutely delicious at Pinkberry. We do advise you to have your Pinkberry order as a takeaway as the venue itself lacks any ambiance and tries a little too hard to look trendy. If you’ve been to other Pinkberry branches, you’d know that they can do better.
Ramadan is never complete without Oriental desserts; be it konafa, basbousa, zalabya or baklava. Every year during Ramadan, Cairene pastry shops are adding creative ingredients and coming up with new ways to reintroduce classic Ramadan desserts, from smothering kunafa with Nutella to stuffing it with red velvet. Local ice cream shop, Sultana, however came up with a simple yet exquisite twist to kunafa that is worth trying.
A takeout shop located at El Korba Street, Sultana has a cheerful atmosphere with its large ice cream displays, a big freezer showcasing ice cream cakes and its appetizing chocolate shelves.
Sultana’s Ramadan desserts menu is quite simple, with a selection of konafa and ice cream cakes, including Konafa Cheesecake (200LE), Konafa Chocolate Nutella (240LE) and Cream and Caramel Ice Cream Cake (240LE); but what grabbed our attention the most was the Konafa Mango Ice Cream Cake (240LE) with its presentation and colours.
Sultana’s konafa mango ice cream cake consists of a layer of mango ice cream at the bottom, topped with another layer of vanilla ice cream, mango chunks and surround by sweet and crispy konafa sticks.
The consistency and the quality of the ice cream were fantastic, the layer of the vanilla ice cream is twice as big as the mango ice cream which made a perfect balance of flavours, while the kunafa sticks were a delight especially when dipped into the ice cream followed by a bite of mango chunks. Overall the cake was delicious and has a taste similar to creamy konafa with mango, only colder and lighter.
Even though it’s quite simple, Sultana’s take on konafa mango was delightful. It’s new, smart, perfect in this hot weather and after a heavy fetar, it’s just what we all need.