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Maadi, Cairo, Egypt.
Prego: Maadi Fast Food Delivers the Goods
Lunchtime is happy time for those with offices or homes in Cairo within the delivery radius of Prego. That is because Prego's basic yet delicious food is a favourite at offices around Cairo. The menu options range from healthy to sinfully rich, and are varied enough for daily orders. Prego’s quick delivery and efficient service make for an all-round excellent dining experience.
With restaurant branches in Nasr City as well as Maadi, Prego offers a range of food items from simple sandwiches to massive combos, with a salad or two thrown in for good measure. If you are on a diet; try the surprisingly good chicken Caesar salad (16LE) or the green salad, made with crispy fresh vegetables (4LE).
Sandwich options range in price from 11LE to 21LE and are large enough to provide ample sustenance. Our favourites include the flavourful shish tawouk sandwich, which is stuffed with tender spiced chicken, mayonnaise and pickles for just 15LE. We also enjoy the Alexandrian liver sandwich, which is served with tehina and green peppers (11LE), and the shrimp pané sandwich (17.5LE) of crispy fried shrimp with sweet and sour sauce on fresh bread.
Different sizing options for sandwiches allow you to choose the right amount of food or to combine a small sandwich with a salad for the ultimate lunch.
For the extra hungry, Prego serves up a variety of combo meals, all including fries and a drink. Combos range from 18LE for a medium chicken pané meal served with garnishes or 16LE for a medium grilled kofta meal up to 30LE for the marine seafood platter of grilled shrimp, crab and vegetables or 22LE for a big bite burger.
Our personal favourites include the Texas chicken combo (20LE), a spicy concoction of chicken, vegetables and barbecue sauce cooked with Tex-Mex spices and the master crispy, a crunchy chicken breast sandwich served on a fresh bun (20LE).
At Prego, they take their menu a step beyond competitors with an extensive array of offerings by the kilo. We love the fact that they have diet shish tawouk and chicken breast selections that come with rice, tehina and garlic dip. Other per-kilo choices include kofta and chicken pané.
For a takeout feast; try one of Prego's massive meal choices. Choose from chicken pané, shish tawouk or half or whole grilled chicken, or even Chinese chicken or mixed grill (27LE to 40LE). Generous helpings served with all the trappings make for a delicious, filling and wallet-friendly food feast.
Prego is the restaurat to go to for fresh, tasty, and varied dishes that won't leave you in need of overtime pay.
With Mcdonald’s and Pizza Hut pretty much monopolising Dokki’s Messaha Square – just look at the always empty Papa John’s – it’s always a surprise when something new opens there. However, that didn’t stop Wienerwald from opening a new branch next to the ill-fated Papa John’s.
With the apple-green ceiling, wood floor, random cartoonish chicken silhouettes, the interior of Wienerwald pretty much follows the same colour scheme of the international branches. There are very limited number of tables and chairs, though.
Wienerwald’s menu is all about different variations of chicken, salads, sides and a lonely hot dog item. After checking the menu, we opted for Half Rotisserie Chicken Meal (50LE), Schnitzel (47LE) and Backhendl (36LE).
Served with perfectly cooked French fries, the rotisserie chicken had a beautiful golden brown crispy skin, exquisite seasoning with a unique smoky flavour to it and was all-round tender – plus, it didn’t have the bad poultry odour you usually find with roasted chicken. Despite a second side of bland rice, it was a flavourful and affordable meal served in a generous portion.
Moving to the Schnitzel, the German classic dish was served with a mini bowl of unremarkable coleslaw and a cold mashed potato that was otherwise very creamy and tasty. As for the schnitzel itself, it was breaded perfectly and had a perfect crust and the chicken very tender, but it wasn’t as thin as schnitzel should be, though a simple squeeze of lemon on top added a great zesty flavour.
Meanwhile, the Backhendl was rather disappointing. Coming with French fries, coleslaw,and 3 pieces of fried breaded chicken – a traditional Austrian dish – was, unlike the previous dishes, very dry, lacked seasoning which and tasted bland, while the crust was super oily.
We finished our meal with a German Apfelstrudel (19LE). The pastry is stuffed with an apple-cinnamon mixture, topped with powdered sugar and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Though it sounds great on paper, it turned out to be another disappointment. Even though the pastry had perfect layers it was very tough and while the apple had a spot-on tender consistency, the cinnamon flavour was far too strong – we felt like we were being tricked into taking the cinnamon challenge.
All in all, our visit at Wienerwald had its ups and downs. For a fast food chain, their food is clean and feels homemade. At the time of our visit, though, we experience the classic fast food problem: inconsistency. Some items were great and others had their flaws – a few too many.