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Mohandiseen, Cairo, Egypt.
Bread Basket: New Branch Opens in Mohandiseen
Bread lovers living in the vicinity of Gomhouria Square in Mohandiseen should consider themselves lucky as they live just around the corner from one of Cairo’s best bakeries. TBS may have the reputation around town for having the best bread but Bread Basket in Mohandiseen certainly is a strong competitor.
Bread Basket is located above Golio’s restaurant in the calm area of the square. In order to reach the bakery one must pass through Golio’s and take the stairs up. The inside interior is modern and has a lot of grey colours giving a relaxed feel to the venue; there is also a bookstand with books and magazines to read.
They have a huge counter with all sorts of bread, cookies, croissants, doughnuts and muffins; turn the corner and there is a salad bar for making your own salad. We decided to take a seat on the small terrace and enjoy the sun while we were there. The terrace only has three tables so you are lucky if you are able to secure one. The view is hardly spectacular as you mainly look out onto Golio’s roof top; the best part about it are the available plugs, which means you can take your laptop outside if you want.
The menu is quite extensive when it comes to breakfast and bread options. There are various breakfast choices available such as the French breakfast, healthy breakfast and several egg options. Bread wise you can choose from baguettes, buns, ciabatta, rye, bagels, kitke, Lebanese bread and honey comb, just to name a few.
We opted for poached eggs with spinach (20.50LE), a cheese croissant (8.5LE) and a cappuccino (15LE). We were especially excited about the eggs and we weren’t disappointed. The eggs were perfectly cooked, firm on the outside and soft on the inside; they came on a piece of baguette with spinach. The spinach was a bit sour which fared well with the peppery egg. The only complaint we had was about the bread. The baguette was tasty but too small for the poached eggs; they kept rolling off and were a bit difficult to eat. Thankfully, we had received a basket with larger pieces of bread and switching the spinach and egg onto bigger bread made the meal much more enjoyable.
The cheese croissant might be one of the best we ever had in Cairo; it was filled with cheddar cheese and was very crispy and obviously freshly baked. Together with the strong yet creamy cappuccino we couldn’t have asked for a better start to our day.
The staff is very friendly though the service on the terrace was a bit slow. For shisha lovers, it’s possible to get a shisha from Golio’s and smoke it on Bread Basket’s terrace.
Cairo seems to love fads and trends, none more so than when it comes to food – think gourmet burgers, quirky, modernised Egyptian cuisine and other novel food concepts that have taken a grip over Egypt’s capital. This extends to the world of baking and, possibly encouraged by the popularity of cupcakes over the last few years, waffles threatened to be the next big fad, but for the wildly varying levels of quality amongst the several specialists that continue to pop-up. While it’s an easy recipe and fairly uncomplicated procedure, waffle shops that opened have tendedto be either very good, or very bad – with nothing in between.
Owned by the same people as Shawerma El Reem, Wafflicious shares its premises in all of its branches. The decor is simple and modern, with a predominantly orange colour scheme. There’s a bar with all the toppings, as well as refrigerators housing other baked goods like cupcakes (13LE) and cheesecake cups (14LE).
We glanced through the menu which breaks down the process into four steps – pick out the shape of your waffle, main topping (Nutella, dark/white chocolate, caramel or honey), secondary toppings like fruit, nuts, and syrups and finally, you can add a scoop of Movenpick ice cream (8LE).
Waffilicious also have a number of savoury options including Kofta and Hot Dog Waffles, of which we opted for the Kofta (18LE). From the sweet options we opted for a Belgian Waffle with Nutella and Strawberries (26LE), as well as an American Waffle with Oreos, Caramel and Dark Chocolate sauce (22LE).
The Kofta waffle was surprisingly great; the dough was crunchy on the outside and the Kofta itself tasted well marinated and cooked – which is so surprise when you factor in the expertise of Shawerma El Reem. The only thing missing was some kind of sauce to compliment the dish, which gets a little too one-note.
The Nutella and Strawberries waffle was also excellent; the toppings were plentiful and the fruits fresh, though the waffle itself could’ve used more crunch because all the toppings are soggy. The Oreo, Caramel and Dark Chocolate waffle was the definite winner, though. The sweetness of the caramel contrasted the bitterness of the dark chocolate, as did the crunch of Oreos to the slightly soggy waffle.
It’s worth mentioning that the staff and employees at the venue were extremely friendly, pleasant and efficient despite it being extremely crowded at the time of our visit.