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Best Restaurants in Cairo: A Look Back at 2010
Best Restaurants in Cairo: A Look Back at 2010
Published On: 23/12/2010

After nine months of eating and reviewing restaurants all over Cairo, Cairo 360 brings you a recap of our favourite dining spots in 2010.You may be surprised by our choices; but we’ve based our decision not only on our reviewer’s ratings, but also on the feedback that we’ve received from our readers about these venues. Ultimately, we are a user-friendly website, and your opinion matters to us; so if you disagree with our nominations, email us, poke us on Facebook or tweet your opinion, and your voice will definitely be heard!

1. Best Comfort Food: Casper & Gambini’s

Ordered in or served at any of its branches, Casper & Gambini’s has regularly catered to our cravings, be they fat, juicy burgers, healthy salads or gorgeous mini desserts. Its fun and reasonably priced lunch boxes also make this Lebanese chain a favourite delivery option. Try This: good melt burger, Chèvre raspberry salad, wild mushroom soup, halloumi and vegetables, sticky toffee pudding and their ice teas. How Much? Around 100LE for two courses and a drink.

Honourable Mentions: Lucile’s, La Sombra, Crave, Blackstone Bistro

2. Best Vegetarian Food: Foul Mahrous

If you’ve lived long enough in Cairo, you may have crossed paths with this street stall around the corner from the Canadian Embassy in Garden City, which our reviewer describes as serving: ‘the meanest, most delicious plate of foul’ in town. With a few plastic tables and chairs lined up next to a barb-wired wall, this foul kiosk’s shabby atmosphere is overshadowed by its fresh, creamy plate of delicious foul. Try This: Alexandrian-style foul. How Much? 6LE for a plate, 15LE with salads and fresh chips.

Honourable Mentions: Kazaz, Abo Tarek, L’Aubergine, Taboula

3. Chicest Dining Spot: Maison Blanche

You may have to pay an arm and a leg to eat here, but Maison Blanche delivers your money’s worth of a highly sophisticated atmosphere, superb French cuisine and impeccable service. It’s the kind of restaurant you want to put on your best pearls and suits for. Try This: smoked salmon soup, Australian rack of lamb and La Maison Blanche lingot-au-chocolat. How Much? 400LE for three courses.

Honourable Mentions: Floor Ten, Napa Grill, Oak Grill, Aperitivo

4. Best Steak: Steak Out

While Charwood's has reigned supreme for years as the ultimate steak restaurant, Steak Out in Mohandiseen ‘makes you want to set up tent and live there,’ according to our reviewer. The service is courteous, the menu is huge and the steaks are grilled to tender perfection. Try This: fillet with creamy mushroom sauce, grilled steak with shrimp, caramel cheesecake and Oreo cookie shake. How Much? Around 150LE for steak, an appetiser and drinks.

Honourable Mentions: Charwood’s, Steaks, Fuego, Pub 28.

5.Best Sushi: Okashi

Though many sushi lovers in Cairo pledge their allegiance to Mori Sushi, our highest score went to Okashi at the Grand Hyatt Cairo for its simple, fresh menu of sushi, which in itself is often a rarity in Cairo. Blessed with a Nile view and an exquisite list of teas and delicious mocktails, Okashi offers quality sushi with minimalist ingredients, allowing the real flavour to come through. Try This: miso shiru soup, the unagi nigiri, Suzuki and shake sashimi, mixed seafood and vegetable tempura platter. How Much? Under 200LE for sushi, unless you order the platter.

Honourable Mentions: Sapporo, Sakura Sushi, Fuego, Aqua, Mori

6. Best Seafood: Flying Fish

There’s something addictive about a fresh, creamy seafood soup, and Flying Fish’s soup was so succulent; it had our reviewer ‘moaning with delight, wishing for neighbouring real estate.’ Despite its nondescript exterior on Agouza’s Corniche and its rather empty interior, this restaurant delivered superbly made seafood for reasonable prices. Try This: the Flying Fish soup, grilled whole fish, and grilled oysters. How Much? 100LE for a three-course meal.

Honourable Mentions: Fandira, Samakmak, Pomodoro

7. Best Healthy Food: Boosters

This stylish restaurant in Dandy Mall definitely doesn’t get the credit that it deserves. Offering healthy and fresh ingredients in all its dishes, Boosters uses sesame and olive oil instead of butter and will list how many spoons are included in each dish. Meals are also low on sodium and heavy on lightly grilled or steamed vegetables. Try This: hot and sour prawn soup, tomato and halloumi pesto salad, teriyaki chicken, vanilla pod ice cream and lemon cheesecake. How Much? Around 150LE for a three-course meal.

Honourable Mention: L'Aubergine

8. Best European Cuisine: Vendome

Though there are several heavy contenders in Cairo when it comes to European cuisine, Sofitel Gezirah’s French restaurant had our reviewer fawning over its ‘decadent cuts of meat, rich sauces and delectable pastries.’ On-point service, a stunning Nile view and an elegant atmosphere only add to this pleasurable dining experience. Try This: rack of veal with potato gratin, roasted chicken ballottine and chocolate fondant. How Much? Three courses could easily reach 300LE.

Honourable Mentions: Villa Belle Époque, Schatz, Little Swiss, Bella

9. Best Oriental Cuisine: Dargedodna

This unpretentious Syrian restaurant in Mohandiseen is so good; it may make ‘Grandma’s food pale in comparison,’ wrote our reviewer. The restaurant’s comfortable atmosphere also makes it an excellent option for a weekend lunch with your family. Try This: lentil soup, grilled whole chicken, bamia with mutton and the cheese and nut konafa. How Much? Around 150LE for a three-course meal.

Honourable Mentions : L’Amphitrion, La Palmerai, Papillon, Amar El Sham

10. Best Asian Restaurant: Kamala

This pan-Thai restaurant in the Conrad Cairo Hotel won our third perfect score ever given to a restaurant, and deservedly so. The restaurant’s graceful interior, quiet and impeccable service coupled with the exquisite Asian fusion cuisine will have even the most difficult of diners sighing blissfully. Try This: the pad Thai, roast duck curry, pisang bakak and the flowering white tea. How Much? Around 250LE per person.

Honourable Mentions: Nawab, Indigo, Maharaja, Massala, Kandahar



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