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Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt.
P.S Café: New Restful Café in Zamalek
Everywhere you look in Cairo there is always a new café opening up and it usually happens at the speed of light. Take P.S Café in Zamalek for instance. Located just off of Brazil Street, P.S Café is fairly secluded from the chaotic traffic on 26th of July Street.
The interior décor is quite funky with dark stone walls and fresh orange detailing. We visited on a sunny morning so we decided to enjoy the weather and sit outside. During the daytime, the outdoor area is quite limited and consists of four or five tables at most. In the evening however, when all the other shops close, the area expands and takes up quite a lot of the pavement; adding more tables. Plants fill the surrounding space and because of the location there is not a lot of direct sun light; so it could be a pleasant refuge on a hot summer day.
The menu at P.S Café isn’t particularly surprising or fascinating. Most of its items are what we see in other cafés such as salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes and crêpes. The menu had the occasional spelling mistake which was fairly amusing. We opted for a mango smoothie (12LE), rocca salad (13LE) and the chicken quesadillas (20LE), as well as an American coffee (10LE).
The smoothies we get here in Cairo are never very good; tasting like very cold juice as opposed to one mixed with milk or yoghurt. The smoothie at P.S Café was no different. It was tasty but it just wasn’t a smoothie- it was more like iced juice. The American coffee was quite strong and definitely gave us the caffeine boost we needed. The rocca salad was quite modest; unfortunately it was made with canned mushrooms instead of fresh mushrooms and with grated roomy cheese instead of Parmesan. We were really looking forward to our chicken quesadillas; however, we were ultimately disappointed. They had too many peppers in them, killing the flavour of the chicken, and for some reason there was dill all over – which really makes no sense. The sour cream was thin and seemed more like milk and once again, there was a lot of dill added.
Though the food didn’t impress, P.S Café is great for a drink. With soft drinks and tea starting at 4LE and coffee at 8LE, it’s very cheap. The view is nothing to boast about but at least the street is quiet.
As is the case with any new successful venue, all the hype starts on social media. We first heard about Dip n’ Dip when we saw people sharing unbelievably alluring pictures of desserts that are smothered in all types of chocolate. Needless to say, our willpower shattered a little too easily, and there we were on our way there with one thought in mind: “Adios bikini body and hello, chocolate.”
Located in the fountain area of Cairo Festival City, Dip n’ Dip is averagely sized with indoor as well as slightly smaller outdoor seating areas. To say the place was packed during the time of our visit would be an understatement and so, unsurprisingly, we had to be jotted down on the waiting list. Thankfully, someone cancelled their reservation and we were seated fifteen minutes later.
The interior of the venue paled in comparison to the three huge chocolate fountains with drizzling milk, white and dark chocolate placed on the counter. Our waiter came by immediately with menus in hand and and upon inspection, they revealed that Dip n’ Dip solely specializes in dessert.
From crepes to waffles, cream puff, chocolate fondue, cakes, pain perdu and chocolate mousse, there’s probably no chocolate-covered dessert known to man that isn’t offered there. The items that most stood out to us included the Marshmallow Crepe (45LE), the Fettuccini Crepe (60LE), the Waffle Stick (25LE), and the Triple Chocolate Mousse (35LE).
We opted for the Brownies Crepe (45LE), which our waiter recommended, and the Chocolate Banana Waffle (55LE). Our order took ages to arrive and was on our table more than half an hour later. The wait, however, was worth it for both desserts tasted as delicious as they looked.
The Brownies Crepe, featuring a folded crepe stuffed with crushed brownies that is covered with melted white, milk and dark chocolate, was equal parts heavenly and deadly. We got through half of it before giving up and trying to ward off a diabetic coma. The same can be said for the Chocolate Banana Waffle, which featured banana-stuffed waffles covered in milk and white chocolate, with whipped cream on the side.
All in all, despite the incredible noisiness of the place, with a kid crying here and another screaming there, the desserts were just as promised by their popular pictures on social media: out of this world. You will, however, probably have to wait for some time before being seated- you have been warned.