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ChiliBuzz: Chillax’s Offspring Offers Promising Fast Food Dishes
With beautiful landmarks like the Baron Palace, the Catholic Basilica Church and Korba's remarkable architecture, Heliopolis has always been a captivating cultural hub in Cairo which has long attracted plenty of restaurants and cafés; one of them is ChiliBuzz, the newest addition to Cairo's fast food scene inside Chillax restaurant.
A small subsidiary of Chillax restaurant located on the vibrant Merghany Street, ChiliBuzz shares the same venue with Chillax. The venue itself boasts a cozy Santorini-inspired indoor area and a simple relaxing and inviting outdoor terrace - think all things Santorini, blue and white colours in the interior, light blue windows, clay lighting.
While Chillax has a large international cuisine menu which involves classic staples like pastas, seafood, steak and chicken dishes, ChiliBuzz's menu almost exclusively includes gourmet burgers and hotdogs.
We took our seats at the outdoor area as we looked over ChiliBuzz's one page menu. We started things off with Chili Cheese Fries (27.99 LE) and Chicken Tenders (26 LE) as our starters, and as for our burgers, we went for the Sweet Spicy Bacon (39.99 LE) and the Mozza Blast (34.99 LE).
Served in yellow metal pans, our appetisers came soon enough and we decided to dig right in. Four long thin pieces of chicken breasts, the chicken tenders had a great crunchy exterior and a tender well-seasoned interior which were even tastier with the honey mustard serving accompanying the dish.
Topped with gooey melted cheddar cheese and special seasoning which gave it an extra punch, the fries had mouthwatering and memorable flavours which were perfectly complimented by the chili topping; we just hoped the chili was more than a spoonful as it worked really well with all the other ingredients.
Then came our main dishes along with some gloves equipping us for the joyful mess our burgers were about to create.
A large burger patty topped with two mozzarella sticks, a slice of cheese, surrounded by melted cheddar cheese, mayo and lettuce, the Mozza Blast was absolutely delicious boasting a well-rounded overall taste. The burger itself was juicy, tender and had a great cook-to-perfection taste, while the bread was really fresh and a bit crumbly. Overall, all the ingredients complimented one another without anything overpowering the other.
Essentially comprised of a 200gm burger patty, drenched with a hefty amount of mayo, lettuce and BBQ sauce and topped with bacon and a fresh burger bun, the Sweet Spicy Bacon Burger was just as tasty as the latter burger, with the BBQ sauce overpowering the overall taste - which hid the flavour of the bacon almost completely - while the mayo balanced the overall taste.
Overall our visit to ChiliBuzz was delightful. Chillax itself is a great restaurant where you can enjoy a nice meal, while ChiliBuzz is convenient for those looking for tasty and well-executed fast food dishes. With a relaxing location in one of Cairo's biggest burrows, the venue altogether makes a great hangout or studying spot.
The concept of a ‘secret menu’ comes with several questions; what’s a secret menu? Do you get to pick you order? How did you find out about it? Even though it’s an old trend in the west, it’s totally understandable to be confused, because the concept is very new to Egypt.
A secret menu is simply when a restaurant offers flavour combinations and hidden items like Burger King’s Frings – obviously not in Egypt - which consists of a mix of onion rings and fries, or the four-patty Suicide Burger. Usually you’ll find out about these items through word of mouth and social media; so basically you have to be a true fanatic of the restaurant. Just think of it like a hidden character in a video game.
Salt’s secret menu offers Duck Confit and Chicken Waffle with two secret sauces, Honey Sriracha, and Spiced Maple.
We kicked things off with a Honey Sriracha Chicken Waffle Combo (52LE). Two pieces of soft Belgian waffles act like a bun and are filled with a piece of fried chicken, a slice of American cheese, dill pickles, shredded lettuce, onion and spicy honey sriracha sauce – yes, this one item you can’t eat without making a mess. Despite the waffles being slightly too thick for the filling and sauce being a bit too spicy, the overall flavours were on point and the chicken was very juicy and had a fantastic crispy crust.
As for the rest of the combo, we opted for the thin and crispy cheese fries, which are smothered with a generous amount of tasty cheese sauce and fulfilled its purpose as a delicious sidekick to the chicken waffles.
We also tried the Duck Confit sandwich (40LE). For those that might not be familiar with French cuisine, duck confit involves cooking duck in its own rendered fat. Served in their burger bun, Salt’s sandwich version is filled with super tasty shredded duck confit, sautéed onion, the restaurant’s Big Mac-like special sauce and melted American cheese. It was close to being flawless, but for the bones we found in it.
We couldn’t leave without checking up on the not-secret dry-aged beef burgers and noticed a new addition to the menu – the Mushroom Burger (38LE). Just like our previous visit, the perfectly-seasoned beef patty had a crust bursting with flavours, the ingredients were very fresh, the soft potato bun was exquisite and the Big Mac-like sauce added sharpness to every bite, while the generous amount of fresh sautéed mushrooms added a great earthy flavour.
While the idea of a secret menu might seem strange, it’s actually a great way to build and maintain a relationship with their loyal customers. But the best thing about our latest visit to Salt is that, not only has it maintained its quality, but it’s actually improving it, too.