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Puff Pie: Colourful Snacks in Zamalek
Located just around the corner from Mobinil in Zamalek, Puff Pie might be a bit difficult to find first time round. Sitting across from Roma Laundry, the interior of Puff Pie is black with a lot of bright yellow details. The venue itself is very small and therefore not really suitable for having an elaborate lunch or dinner. Upon requesting the menu we were presented with an iPad. Whether this is the usual system or the real menu’s are still in print remained was unclear. We opted for the Spinach Cheese puff pie (20LE), the Chicken Mushroom puff pie (22LE), the spud with fresh fruit (20LE) and took a vanilla milkshake while we were waiting (15LE). The milkshake was prepared on the spot and was full of vanilla flavour. It was definitely refreshing but a bit too sweet for our liking.
After waiting around for a while we were presented with the food and that’s where the questioning began. We were not quite sure what we had on our plate. What we saw were yellow, red and dark purple rolls with filling. We started off with a yellow piece filled with cheese and spinach. The filling was exceptional and tasted delicious. The yellow roll in which it was wrapped was fairly tasteless and we couldn’t figure out quite what it was. Perhaps dough or egg as one of our dining partners speculated. The chicken mushroom wasn’t disappointing either. The chicken pieces were tender and the mushrooms were fresh. They were covered in a white béchamel-type sauce and also wrapped in the bright red and yellow ‘pastry’. When we got to dessert, we couldn’t exactly find the spud in our spud with fresh fruit but it wasn’t bad. We found it a bit too sweet but the portion of fruit was very generous. Though we absolutely enjoyed our little bites we are still clueless about the wrap. As a side dish we were presented with a big bowl of vegetables. The only downside was that our food definitely got heated up in the microwave making it a bit soggy. Perhaps heating up in an oven would fare better.
If you have a party or gathering, it wouldn’t hurt to have Puff Pie cater for you. The bites look very appealing and give a funky twist to regular finger food.
For many, happiness equates to chocolate – and for good reason. Scientifically, chocolate produces two important hormones; the dopamine which helps you be alert and focus and serotonin – also known as the happy hormone – which prevents depression. Yearning for some great desserts, and of course some dopamine and serotonin, we headed to Dip n’ Dip, one of the most talked about chocolatiers and dessert places in Cairo and a definite go-to if you’re craving chocolate-infused desserts.
Located inside Citystars, Dip n Dip’s food court branch has a spacious indoor area with touches of wood, with red, black and white colours dominating the interior, the ceiling, the walls and even the plates, not to mention three chocolate fountains displayed in front of the open kitchen. The venue itself is big, with several tables set outside, so you don’t worry about the long wait you’ll usually find at Dip n’ Dip’s Cairo Festival City branch.
With a huge variety of desserts, including Caramel Pain Perdu (50LE), Brownies n' Cheesecake Pot (65LE), and, wait for it, Fettuccine Crepe (60LE) – shredded crepe topped with molten chocolate – we wanted to try almost everything, until we finally decided to go with the Funky Brownies Crepe (50LE) and classic Dip n' Dip Waffle (60LE).
The former is a French crepe with perfect thickness stuffed with fudgy brownies and smothered in Dip n’ Dip’s insane milk, white and dark chocolate sauce combo. As good as it sounds on paper, the combination of the brownie-stuffed concoction didn’t work, with the chocolate sauce itself served in such abundance that we had to scrape it off to taste the crepe itself; it was an overly sweet dessert, unbalanced in terms of flavours.
The waffle was a different story altogether, though. Served with strawberries, kiwi, bananas, pineapple, whipped cream and your choice of milk, dark, or white chocolate, the Dip n’ Dip waffle is by far the best waffle we’ve come by in some time.
The fact that it’s overpriced and is actually half-a-waffle, it had a crispy exterior, with a soft and fluffy centre. The waiter came with a jar of milk chocolate sauce to drizzle it over the plate as a touch of showmanship, but again it was just too much and drowned the otherwise delicious waffle.
With a cheerful vibe and a love of chocolate, Dip n’ Dip is sure to please. Perhaps the one concern we had during our visit, was the fact that the chocolate was overpowering the desserts rather than complementing them. For those who like a little bit of chocolate over their dessert –including yours truly— the experience might be just end up being a chocolate overdose, but as far as chocolate, Dip n’ Dip is every chocoholic’s dream come true.