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Maadi, Cairo, Egypt.
Cielo Lindo: Cairo's Mexican Catch-All
Many of Cairo’s restaurants are guilty of trying to do too much: we’ve all experienced the rambling, novel-length menus covering international cuisine from Chinese to American. This approach mostly results in a wide selection of below-average offerings; but in some special instances, the quality of the food allows us to overlook the overachieving menu.
Cielo Lindo is a cosy, family-friendly restaurant tucked away on the corner of Maadi Nerco’s Road 233. As its name suggests, the menu features Mexican cuisine, though it also includes a wide range of other cuisine options. Cielo Lindo is one restaurant where everyone will find something that they like.
Menu options include a wide selection of soups and salads, with creative options such as celery soup with cream and hazelnuts and a watercress salad with chicken and walnuts. Mexican offerings range from classic fajitas to quesadillas and the luna de miel (honeymoon) pizza. Not a fan of Mexican? Choose from a very extensive selection of chicken, beef, and seafood options as well as pastas, pizzas and oriental appetisers.
Cielo Lindo offers an extensive kids’ menu featuring Winnie the Pooh chicken (20LE) and Ben Ten pasta (20LE). There are also numerous drink offerings from cocktails to milkshakes, and desserts including ice cream, cheesecake and the Oreo crush, a deadly combination of Oreos, caramel, nuts and ice cream (20LE).
For main dishes, the Mexican selections at Cielo Lindo take the cake. We tried the Combo fajita, a sizzling platter of chicken, beef and juicy shrimp served with vegetables, rice, salad, sour cream, salsa and lemon. At 75LE, this plate was pricey but worth it– no skimping on the meat or fish here, and the serving was large enough to split with a friend.
The Atlantic salmon (77LE) is also a good choice, although the dish is a tad busy with its side servings of calamari, cream and mustard sauce, rice and vegetables. Dinner for two with drinks at Cielo Lindo could set you back as little as 150LE if you order pizza or pasta, or 300LE if you choose fish or meat dishes.
If you love a place where you can munch on English-style fish and chips while your dining companion attacks a steaming plate of Mexican fajitas, Cielo Lindo might just be your new favourite restaurant.