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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.
As far as we know, the biggest twist on shawerma in Cairo involves pomegranate molasses; and if you’re really out-of-the-box maybe you’ll add extra cheese. Well, that’s so yesterday because Shawarmaister is taking shawerma to the next level by introducing Coleslaw shawerma and BBQ shawerma, as well as a Light shawerma.
Located on Taha Hussein Street in Zamalek, the restaurant is divided into two floors; the ground floor is for takeout and other is for dine-in. The whole place is filled with posters with seemingly irrelevant quotes and sayings like “Ma bethez el 3orosh ela El neswan wel qorosh”, which make no sense whatsoever to the concept, while the yellow ceiling is a little overwhelming compared to the otherwise demure interior. On the bright side, the couches were very comfortable and the ambiance is very chill.
We kicked things off with Kobeba (20LE) and French Fries with a Garlic sauce dip (5LE). Apart from being a bit salty, the kobeba had a crispy exterior and great amount of flavourful minced beef filling. Even though the garlic sauce had a good consistency for dipping and was delicious, the fries didn’t need a dip, because not only were they cooked perfectly and far from oily, but also had very impressive seasoning blend.
Moving to the mains, we opted for the Kofta Halabi Platter (45LE); four pieces of kofta with a side of basmati rice and a special halabi sauce that we had mixed feelings towards. The rice was light, fluffy and had a beautiful yellow colour which had us expecting exquisite flavours from the spices – but it was just bland. Meanwhile, despite bursting with flavours thanks to the seasoning, the kofta was a bit dry and overcooked. As for the special halabi sauce, the waiter mentioned that it was infused with mustard, coleslaw and has sweet and sour flavours, but it was just your typical tehina.
Of the new shawarma, we tried BBQ Shawarma Lahm sandwich (Large 22.5LE). Served in Saj bread, the mixture of beef shawarma – which was a bit chewy - caramelised onion, BBQ sauce and coleslaw created an exquisite modern twist on the classic shawarma. If you’re into sweet and savoury fusion, then this is the perfect sandwich for you.
We couldn't leave without also chicken shawarma. Served in Lebanese bread, the Shawarmaister Shawarma Djej (Regular 17.5LE) was filled to the brim with chicken, the restaurants amazing fries, pickled cucumber,and garlic sauce. With the generous amount of filling and the sharp flavours, this sandwich showed simplicity at its best.
Despite service being slow at the time of our visit, we can’t help but appreciate Shawarmaister adding twists to a classic and actually making it work. Whether you’re looking for a basic chicken or beef shawerma or something a little more out-of-the-box, there are few places better than Shawarmaister.