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Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt.
Basmatio: Delicious Fast Food with Delivery throughout Cairo
While the fast food industry is a vastly growing business in Cairo, big fast food chains often fail to provide Cairenes with fulfilling meals that are easy on the budget as well. Luckily, just when a fresh addition to the delivery/takeaway scene was needed, Basmatio comes to the rescue.
Basmatio started out as a fast food joint in Heliopolis, offering delivery literally all over Cairo – We still don’t know how they do it! With its affordable meals and sandwiches, it quickly became a favourite delivery joint for work lunch breaks and group hangouts. Basmatio deserves a gold star for its food’s neat packaging that keeps it warm and protected.
Introducing a concept of fast delicious meals that are close to tasty homemade food, Basmatio’s menu is packed with mouth-watering choices. Basmati meals include chicken, beef or seafood toppings that will satisfy every fan of oriental flavour. If you’re on the go and need a quick bite, they offer value meals that have less toppings for as little as 9LE.
The kabab meal (15LE) was quite the introduction to Basmatio’s cooking genius: the meat was perfectly cooked and chewy enough without being dry. We had high expectations of the basmati rice – as it is their specialty after all – and luckily those expectations were met; the thin grains of rice were as light as air and healthily prepared without a hint of oil.
While the chicken fungi sandwich (11LE) featured savoury mushroom sauce and generous slices of chicken, the shire chicken meal (14LE) disappointed our hopes of sampling an exotic Eastern sauce. The chicken was well-done, but its flavours tasted exactly like that of a typical shawerma.
Worried about your diet? Don’t worry; Basmatio has diet meals that are just as tasty, minus the rice and with bread and a salad instead. The marines fish fillet dish with Caribbean sauce (36LE) is one of those tasty and satisfying diet options. Although the Caribbean sauce was too spicy, the best thing about the fish fillet is that it’s healthy and nutritious.
In addition to the diet meals, Basmatio provides vegetarian, kids and family meals as well. Offering delicious food, moderate prices and swift delivery service, Basmatio is definitely worth the try.
If you work in an office environment, you’ll understand when we say that one of the most important decisions of any working day is what to eat for lunch. It’s made all the more important towards the end of the month, as we desperately await pay-day – but we’ve found a little gem in Agouza that satisfies when all you find in your wallet is tumbleweed.
Although it enjoys a largely unassuming presence – we first heard of it when we found the menu in the entryway to our offices – Tahabeesh ticks three boxes: it’s cheap, it delivers quickly and it’s filling.
As a takeaway/delivery only eatery, Tahabeesh is one of those places that has something for everyone; everything from Egyptian classics like liver sandwiches and hawawshi, to pastas are available and no item is priced higher than 16LE.
Keen to test out a little bit of everything, we tried an Alexandrian liver sandwich (10LE) and pasta with sausage (14LE) and the menu’s only sweet item, the ‘Chocolence’ (7LE) – more on that later.
A speedy 15 minutes later, the sandwich arrived steaming hot in simple Styrofoam packaging, while the pasta came in a typical takeaway foil plate – but let’s get to the important stuff. The fino bread used for the sandwich was soft and noticeably fresh, while the liver was generous in portion and cooked perfectly, though we were surprised to find the addition of pomegranate molasses – usually used in Lebanese food. We were pleasantly surprised though, as the sour-tinted sweetness of the molasses actually worked well with the traditional Alexandrian seasoning and the slight sweetness of the bell peppers.
Like the sandwich, the pasta was also generous in portion, though it was cooked a little less than al dente, meaning it had a slight stiffness to it. Giving you an option of white and tomato sauces, we went for the latter and it was fine – but just fine. Luckily, the sausage pieces added a zing to what was otherwise a pedestrian dish.
Then there was the Chocolanse– what we assumed would be a chocolaty take on the Sakalans, which brings together cream, jam and halva. All it turned out to be, however, was a small fino bread with chocolate spread – and that’s all. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t enjoy it, but we expected something, anything else in the mix.
It was a topsy-turvy meal, but for the occasional touch of brilliance – the pomegranate molasses, for example – there was just as much disappointment, verging on indifference. But then what do you expect for these kind of prices? Try Tahabeesh. It hits the spot without being spectacular.