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Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.
Pottery Café Heliopolis: Outdoor Dining and Shisha Lounge Retreat
Sometimes there’s nothing better than a fresh juice and a great shisha at a comfy outdoor lounge. Unlike its other branches in Downtown and Zamalek, Pottery Café in Heliopolis has a very large outdoor space that is completed shaded. It’s also on a quiet street; providing a peaceful retreat for diners to enjoy all that Pottery Café has to offer.
Pottery Café consistently serves up good food, fresh juice and a great shisha. A Pottery Café favourite is the vegi-beef pizza, which is piled with onions, peppers, tomatoes, olives and minced meat. It is perfectly baked, positively delicious and so filling. It’s great for one starving appetite, or for two people to split as a snack.
Healthier options for dieters and vegetarians are also available. Try the courgettes with coriander entrée: it’s a very generous portion of vegetables with a portion of rice on the side. The coriander soaks perfectly into the courgettes for just the right amount of spice, making it a fresh and feel-good meal.
If you’re in the mood for something savoury and not too filling, try one of the baked potatoes. The cheese and herb baked potato is best; it comes fresh from the oven with melted cheese inside and out, while the parsley keeps the heavy side-dish feeling fresh.
Don’t miss the fresh juices at Pottery Café. The watermelon juice is definitely worth a try: it’s not too sugary and mostly tastes like you’re eating a big chunk of juicy watermelon. It’s very refreshing and perfect for Cairo heat!
And finally, what’s a review on Pottery Café without mentioning their shisha? Pottery Café has a diverse shisha menu with lots of exotic options. Forget the old apple and cantaloupe shishas; try their more exotic flavours like premium grape and coconut.
As for cost, Pottery Café is mid-range. Two entrées, juices and a couple of shishas will cost around 175LE, including service charges. Pastas and pizzas average around 25LE, healthy options and baked potatoes are around 20LE and shishas cost around 15LE, including the cost of the lay.
All in all, Pottery Café in Heliopolis is a great place to spend a quiet afternoon with some friends, enjoy some good food, drinks and fresh air.
With cafés in Cairo fast expanding their menus to compete with local eateries, it’s rare to find one that delivers on both taste and quality. Occupying a space on the curved third floor balcony of Sun City Mall, Einstein Kaffee overlooks the lavish floors below.
Decorated with deep, wood flooring and warm-coloured furniture, the café gives off a sophisticated, yet laid-back, vibe. Opting to sit towards the back – further from the hustle and bustle of the mall – we were immediately tended to by a friendly waiter who offered us the menus.
The items offered at the café are split into a vast number of categories including hot drinks, smoothies, fresh fruit juice, cocktails, salads and soups, appetisers, main courses, pastries, dessert and ice cream. The sheer variety of dishes was somewhat daunting, but, with a little help from the waiter, we decided on a Greek salad (32.50LE) and a Florida cocktail (29.90LE) – a fruity mixture of plum and grapes.
The Greek salad was delivered in a deep plate with large portions of crumbly feta cheese, thinly sliced onions, crunchy cucumbers pieces, colourful cuts of tomatoes, sweet peppers, and meaty Kalamata olives that were conveniently pitted and sliced. The dressing was a refreshing mixture of lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil mixed with an aromatic sprinkling of dried mint leaves and fresh dill. The Florida cocktail was a thick but revitalizing blend of both sweet and tart flavours, sweetened by the handful of grapes in the mixture.
For dessert, we opted for a coffee with Macadamia nuts (24.95LE) and a brownie (19.90LE) from their bakery section. The brownie was served hot and drizzled with a generous helping of rich chocolate sauce on top. Once cut into, the molten chocolate oozed from the center and gave every mouthful a moist, velvety texture. Presented in a glass cup, the Macadamia nut coffee transpired to be a shot of espresso, layered under steamed milk and foam, a dash of syrup and topped with a good helping of grated Macadamia nuts. Despite being a little too sweet to accompany our sugary brownie, the coffee was incredibly warming, with a subtle but robust nutty flavour.
Overall, Einstein Kaffee provides the warm ambience typical to modern café chains, but offers a plethora of options that are likely to satisfy almost any craving. With helpful staff and appetising selections, this café is unlikely to disappoint.