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Mohandiseen, Cairo, Egypt.
Farghaly: Popular Juice Shop in Mohandiseen
There’s nothing like a fresh cup of juice to brighten up your day in Cairo. If you’re anything like this reviewer, juice is at its best not only when it’s satisfying but provides a little sustenance simultaneously.
As is the case with shisha places and foul kiosks, juice shops are spread out through all neighbourhoods in Cairo, offering cheap and freshly pressed juice drinks, often made right before your own eyes. A staple in many Cairenes' lives, juice shops are a common haunt at the end of a long evening with friends, or a necessary remedy on a hot summer day.
The always-busy Farghaly juice shop has been around in Cairo for quite some time now, earning itself a reputation for tasty juice and ice cream. Located on the corner of Gamaat El Dowal Street in Mohandiseen, this particular branch is never empty.
While Farghaly looks like a typical juice joint, they turn over orders in a military-like fashion; they’re quick and efficient. The interior’s circular design provides more breathing room than usual; so it’s not suffocating. Navigate your way to the cashier in the back, place your order and hand over the receipt to the trumpeters.
Standard juices are available including orange, strawberry, guava and lemon as well as other concoctions including cocktails and hot drinks such as sahlab. If they don’t have what you’re looking for on the menu, make an inquiry and they can whip up a creative cocktail of the available juices.
For a regular orange juice, 1.75LE was light on the wallet but it didn’t impress us with its expired taste. Seeing as how strawberries and kiwi were in season at the time of this review, they seemed to be a safer bet. On the other hand, our date and milk juice was more like a refreshing shake. The date provides just enough sweetness and a speckled texture, while the milk cuts it evenly with its creamy texture. Looking for a little energy? This shake is delicious for a mere 2LE.
The ice cream counter on the pavement always has a queue of customers, but we’ve always opted to stick to the juice.
Farghaly is a great place when the moment calls for quick refreshment with minimal hassle. Too lazy to actually step outside of your car? Place your order and have it delivered to your window; it’s as easy as that.
As a result of the hectic city life, health-conscious restaurants and cafés in Cairo are often overlooked in favour of filling up on more gratifying, and often unwholesome, meals and drinks.
Recently opened in Zamalek, international chain, Froots, strives to provide citizens with delicious, healthy alternatives. The small venue on 26th of July Street offers clean, vitamin-rich blends of juices and smoothies. A table is placed outside for customers wanting to drink on the spot, and inside there are two stools for patrons waiting on their orders.
Amongst others, the menu includes a wide of variety of tropical smoothies, fresh fruit juices, organic teas, coffee and even lip-smacking chocolate and ice cream milkshakes. Though in the past they were known for providing food, the current reworking of the menu means that meals are temporarily unavailable.
We ordered a Tidal Wave (22LE) cocktail – a blend of strawberries, peaches and kiwi juice – and a Berry Sunrise (33LE) – made with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, vanilla soy milk and fat free yoghurt. For the latter, our waiter willingly adapted the ingredients to replace the soy milk with regular dairy.
Served in large plastic cups, the Tidal Wave was refreshingly sweet, with a charming tinge of bitterness provided by the kiwi juice. On the other hand the Berry Sunrise, served icy cold, was thick, foamy, smooth and delicious. Although they were both scrumptious and filling, the drinks were unfortunately prepared with frozen, as opposed to fresh, produce.
Perfect to silence a rumbling stomach, Froots provide tasty, liquid alternatives to heavy meals and unhealthy snacks.