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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.
Gameat El Dowal Street stands as somewhat of a hotbed for restaurants in Cairo. The busy Mohandiseen street consistently attracts both locals and out-of-towners looking to dine – be it at some of the city’s most popular chains or the smaller eateries that often go unnoticed.
Darwish is a newly opened restaurant that specialises in providing Egyptian cuisine at its simplest. Their menu is quick and to the point which makes ordering a breeze. Its simplicity is no indicator of its quality, however, with the restaurant’s cooks dependably serving up excellent meals.
The restaurant exists in a small shop in the centre of the busy street, with its open exterior allowing a haze of smoke to escape from their enticing grill. With limited space inside, the seating area extends outside and is a pretty basic setup of red plastic chairs, tucked beneath metal top tables.
While Darwish offer sandwiches such as chicken or beef shawerma (5LE – 15LE), the real magic is in full-blown meals such as the fried half-chicken with molokheya and rice (22LE) or fata (25LE). Their tehina and baba ghanough (3LE) dips are thick and flavourful, avoiding the watery texture that’s a common shortcoming in many local establishments.
We were glad to find their rice less greasy than what’s usually found when eating out in Cairo; combined with molokheya, it encapsulates an authentically simple Egyptian meal.
Soft, with a slight pull to it, kofta orders (104LE/kg) are placed on a bed of rice before being topped with three to four loaves of bread and, combined with a dip or two of tehina, it all makes for a great bite.
Served in a generous portion and with a perfect grilled texture, Darwish’s grilled half chicken (22LE), particularly the dark meat, held a delicious flavour thanks mostly to perfect marinating and seasoning. In true Egyptian fashion, we went step further and cut the chicken into small strips before throwing into a plate of rice and molokheya.
As a newcomer to Gameat El Dewal’s competitive, and quite often overwhelming, dining circuit, Darwish may not offer anything revolutionary; however, the restaurant’s excellent, convenient location along with fast, dependable meals will attract many a hungry patron.