To many Cairenes, a trip to Alexandria during the winter season is a very popular weekend option. More or less, Cairene tourists follow the same basic formula in Alexandria: fish, a walk on the Corniche and a visit to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

When it comes to fish; trying to figure out the best seafood restaurant in Alexandria is rather pointless: every Alexandrian seafood connoisseur (i.e. pretty much the entire population) has a favourite restaurant, and everyone strongly believes that their favourite restaurant is better than anyone else's. Avoid the heated debate; and head out to the Greek Club to decide for yourself.

Blessed with a sublime view of the Alexandrian port on one side and the Qaitbay fort on the other, the Greek Club’s terrace is one of the most popular dining destinations in this tiny town of nine million. You’d better be a regular customer or book in advance, though; the terrace is extremely popular and fully booked on weekends. In the summer, you can enjoy a cool breeze outside and watch the small sailing boats racing in the marina, while the winter brings out the much-appreciated oil heaters.

The restaurant’s interior is decorated in a rather harried mixture of Greek and seafood memorabilia. A large open freezer on the left side has the fish of the day arranged, while a chalkboard sign next to it carries the restaurant’s recommendations. A wine basket on your right subtly suggests that alcohol is available.

Once you’ve been seated at your wooden table decked in baby-blue cloth, you will be served a basket carrying fresh, hot white bread. Resist the urge to gorge yourself on the tasty bread; and save it for the restaurant’s best appetisers (starting at 15LE): the Greek salad is zingy and tasty, with thyme leaves complementing the feta cheese cubes; the tehina is suitably creamy and not too thick; and their taramah is especially delectable. This Greek dip of creamy fish roe is so good; many regulars come here just for this salty delight.

If you don’t mind crunching on baby fish; try the bessaria, which are coated in flour and deep-fried, and can be easily chewed and swallowed whole if you’re not the queasy type. Also try the breaded and fried calamari, which come nicely hot with a side of lemon wedges, though the healthier grilled option is equally popular. Another favourite is the grilled octopus; so try all three and decide for yourself.

The restaurant makes a great presentation of your seafood platter: a large fish (try the Wa’aar) is presented on a glass plate with potatoes and lemon slices arranged around it. The waiter expertly prepares every plate at the table with a perfect portion of the still-steaming fish meat. The side dishes of brown rice are often neglected as you will likely stuffed yourself full with dips and bread; so share a plate with the rest of your party.

If the heavy seafood meal has sent you into a sulphur-induced coma, we recommend a cup of tea or their lemon juice. Opt out of the dessert, and head two blocks down to the Azza ice cream stall nearby. Take a walk along the pier outside and try a cup of hot black tea from one of the street stalls for a truly enjoyable Alexandrian experience.

The Greek Club is an excellent option for out-of-towners, business guests and relatives that you want to impress. An average meal with shared appetisers and main courses as well as a drink will probably average at 150LE per person.