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The Tipsy Teapot: Charmingly Unique Cafe in Maadi
When in the mood for a quiet breakfast or brunch in Cairo, Maadi is the place to go. Located in the quiet area of Sarayat El Maadi, the Tipsy Teapot offers visitors a blend of the welcoming clubhouse feel and the relaxing quiet typical of the green neighbourhood.
Following the trend of revamping villas and turning them into places of food and beverage, the Tipsy Teapot gives its customers a number of seating choices in several different rooms all containing comfortable couches, one of which has a wide selection of books for the avid reader and another with a pool table for a night out with the boys.
The Tipsy Teapot's charm comes pimarily from its aethetics, which translates into its atmosphere. The easiset way to describe it is that it somwhere between a gallery, a workshop and a buddy's house. Encouraging and throughtful qoutes are written across the walls and everything blends in a vein of organised randomness.
Serving breakfast between 9AM and 1PM, and then lunch onwards, the cafe offers a range of hearty breakfast meals like pork bacon pancake dippers and brie and raspberry jam sandwiches.
The lunch menu contains a selection of sandwiches and pastas, plus salmon and steak dishes.
The dessert and drinks menus were slightly more interesting with options such as brownies and banana bread, creamy smoothies and fruit blenders.
We arrived a little after lunch so we opted for Lemon and Chili Calamari Rings (30LE) for starters and Tipsy's Cheese Burger with Bacon (60LE) as a main course.
The calamari was served on a bed of arugula and with a side of tartar sauce and lemon wedges. The burger sat next to some homemade potato wedges, a skewer of grilled vegetables and red cabbage coleslaw salad.
The burger, which they claim to be 'the Best in town', was slightly disappointing. While definitely juicy and served within 20 minutes of ordering, the patty couldn't compete against better established burger joints simply because the quality and freshness of the meat. The overall sandwich doesn't blend well together, even though the ingredients are basic, and at times feels like it's coming apart. While it would receive extra points for using real bacon, sadly, the bacon was undercooked and took away from the experience.
After lunch we decided to give the tea and desserts a shot. We ordered a Herbal and Fruit Tea (15LE) and Banana Bread (30LE). Disappointing again was the fact that they simply used packets of Ahmad Tea packets which lost some of the authentic value a place bearing the word 'Teapot' in its name.
The Banana bread, on the other hand was quite tasty. Although a little too dough-y, it was perfectly sticky with pieces of fresh banana; a greatly enjoyable treat on a sunny afternoon, maybe after a long walk.
The garden area outside is welcome to dog owners looking for a refreshment after a day out with their pets, a major convenience for many Maadi residents, most of whom are pet owners.
A perfect hangout spot can be hard to find in Cairo. Though there’s certainly no lack of cafes, restaurants and bars, it’s simply difficult to find a place that balances entertainment, food and a sense of comfort all at the same time with venues often sacrificing one aspect to keep the rest as high as possible.
Hidden away in the Walk at Beverly Hills,6th of October City, lies Bricks; a simple venue with an emphasis on being a hangout spot with good food. The outdoor area is filled with modernised version of Ahwa chairs painted in white along with wooden top tables with metal centres offering cosy setting.
Bricks also boasts a relatively small indoor area with the same previously mentioned chairs and a ‘PlayStation Corner’ for anyone who’s into gaming – for free – alongside a huge black graffiti-decorated wall quoting famous Beatles song, Come together.
With a relaxed atmosphere, Bricks offer a chilled out mood their seating arrangements, while the availability of playing cards and backgammon, as well as a screen to show matches, it certainly checks two of the boxes for an all-inclusive hangout spot.
After taking a seat outside and looking through the menus we opted for the Mozzarella sticks (35LE) as an appetiser, as well as the Classic Burger (45LE), the Mushroom Burger (55 LE) and a Chilly Hotdog (40LE) with extra cheese (5LE) for our main dishes.
Arriving only a few minutes later, the appetiser came as four mozzarella sticks with a mayo and sweet chilli sauce; the sticks had a satisfyingly crunchy outer shell with a tender gooey cheese centre that was enhanced even further after dipping it into the sweet chilli sauce for an extra spicy sweet aftertaste.
Our main dishes arrived moments later in wooden framed plates accompanied with a small bowl of pickles, alongside some fries. The Mushroom burger had a large burger patty on top of some lettuce and mayo, topped by Swiss cheese and large mushroom pieces and had some curly fries on the side (4LE).
The curly fries were well seasoned and would rival that of Hardee’s, with a crispy exterior and tender hot interior making us uncontrollably eat one after the other. As for the burger, it had a high quality, pure beef flavour with a barbequed aftertaste, working well with the slightly tangy cheese and the saltiness of the mushroom, making it a well-rounded sandwich.
The classic burger followed the same pattern as the mushroom burger in quality, and had lettuce and tomatoes, but was a bit dry. However, that was quickly solved by adding the mayo and sweet chilli sauce.
Moving on to the Chilli Hotdog, it came in a large hotdog bun, topped with some mustard and smothered with chilli, extra cheese and slices of onion alongside some French fries.
Although the fries lacked a bit of seasoning, it was easily fixed with a bit of salt, and were great, similar to ones from other fast food restaurants like Burger king or McDonald’s; crunchy on the outside, soft and hot on the inside.
As for the hotdog itself, it had the traditional familiar hotdog taste with an extra kick from the mustard, while the onions made the flavour of the chilli pop, making the sandwich one of the highlights of the evening.
We also tried the Peanut Butter Milkshake (30LE), which arrived in a tall glass with a straw. Though rich with peanut butter flavour, it was a bit light texture-wise, and could have been all round better if was a bit thicker.
Overall, our visit to Bricks was a pleasant one. With great food and excellent, attentive staff, it makes for a good hang-out spot for both groups and individuals by keeping things relatively simple and letting the atmosphere and food talk for themselves.