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Maadi, Cairo, Egypt.
Bread Basket: Fresh Pastries & Bread in Maadi
Located in a distinctively competitive area in Maadi, across from Metro Market and the Parisian-inspired La Gourmandise on Road 9, Bread Basket has still managed to cling to its long held position as a popular provider for Maadi's daily bread and carbohydrate cravings.
Taking up a teeny-tiny space on the 1st floor of a residential building, Bread Basket efficiently manages to make the most of the little space it has.
At the counter they display all their sweets and treats, which include such favourites as Danish pastries and brownies; both moderately priced at 5LE. Although the menu claims they serve a large selection of morning pastries – including a raisin Danish, an apple Danish and a chocolate Danish – only the pudding Danish was available when we visited. The pudding Danish was perfectly sweetened with a perfect pudding-to-bread ratio, making the pastry enjoyable and easy to eat.
At 2LE-3LE cheaper than the gateaux at The Bakery Shop, they make a good option if you want to buy morning pastries in large numbers. Even after the filling pudding Danish, we decided that an additional sugar fix couldn't hurt and went for a brownie. The brownies are sold in individually wrapped pieces and were chocolaty with a distinct butter taste. However, it was not as rich or moist as you would expect; it tasted only slightly better than store bought ones, which was disappointing.
Behind the counter are shelves reserved for the baked bread, which comes in a multitude of varieties including grain baguette (31LE), multigrain loaf (20LE), raisin bread (14.50LE), sesame rolls (1.25LE) and cheese rolls (2.50LE). However, despite having over 20 different kinds of bread listed on their menu, only about six were available that day.
We tried the brown multigrain bread, which was coated with a sprinkle of grains. Crunchy on the outside and very moist and soft on the inside, it hit the spot. However, since this bread does not come in the pre-packaged plastic sleeves that keep it fresh, make sure you have a place to store your bread or you risk it becoming stale before you have even finished.
Shopping at Bread Basket is an experience; the bakery is cosy and smells wonderful. But the selections are limited and if you don't come early then it's likely they will be out of some of the more popular staples by noon.
Opening just over two months ago in Downtown Cairo, D Waffles is already luring in customers with its delightful and sweet spongy desserts. It’s a quite small venue – essentially a kiosk with a few seats, high stools and narrow tables attached to the wall – but from a sweet-toothed Cairene’s perspective, its arrival to Downtown is an exceedingly pleasant one. Here they serve up the warmest, spongiest waffles with a generous choice of tasty toppings and at reasonable prices, too.
The choice of toppings are displayed behind a glass counter and range from marshmallows, flavoured syrups, chocolate chips and crushed biscuits, to a range of fruit, including kiwi, strawberry and blackberries.
During our short wait, the smell of the waffles being cooked was absolutely sensational; they are heated in a special machine and it is possible to watch as the staff decorates it with your choice of toppings.
The most expensive item on the menu, and one of our orders, costs 25LE and consists of one large circular waffle topped with four different toppings of your choice. It’s served up in four slices, like a pizza; one slice was drizzled in warm Nutella and white-chocolate sauce; the second slice was covered with sliced strawberries and drizzled with even more Nutella; while the third was doused in blueberry compote and the fourth was with white chocolate chips and white chocolate sauce. This was by far the best waffle we’ve eaten in some time
We also opted to try the simple waffle with a topping of Nutella only which came in two sizes: the special at 15LE and the regular at 13LE.
In addition, there is a small range of drinks available, all costing 15LE and divided into two varieties: milkshakes or smoothies. The milkshake menu offers Oreo, Twix, Mars Bar or Snickers flavours and are topped with whipped cream and crushed biscuits/chocolate pieces. On the smoothies menu, you can choose from peach, strawberry, banana, mango or cocktail – the latter costing a little more at 18LE. All drink options are quite heavy and are almost a dessert in themselves, particularly the milkshakes which are thick and creamy with a creamy topping you can eat with a spoon.
All-in-all, there’s little to dislike about D Waffles – it delivers what it promises and that in itself is an achievement.