Situated on one of the main points of Abu Tig Marina in El Gouna, Maritim is one of the best restaurants for a soothing breakfast, mid-day snack or better yet; a quiet, unfussy dinner. The Swedish owners decided to keep the style and menu of this place simple, while maintaining the marina atmosphere. Maritim is decked out in comfortable brown chairs with baby-blue cushions, marble tables, a simple, white round bar and the distinguished mast-like material and poles covering the area from above.

The menu and colours of the set-up give off the Swedish essence of the restaurant. Serving breakfast till 1PM, their breakfast dishes include the Maritim breakfast, which consists of omelette, cheese, turkey, croissant, a basket of bread and jam, coffee and orange juice at an affordable 32LE, and the English breakfast (also 32LE).

This reviewer sampled their renowned Skagen toast, a concoction of salmon mousse and caviar on buttered toast with a small salad on the side (45LE), as well as the warm side of potato gratin with melted cheese (15LE) and the tasty seafood roll; a mix of shrimp, crab meat and calamari rolled into a crêpe with béchamel, dill and cheese melted to perfection (80LE).

Other famous items on the menu include their mushroom cappuccino soup (35LE), named after its cappuccino colour, and the beef penne (65LE). The menu also has a variety of seafood dishes such as their grilled salmon steak (79LE), the surf and turf dish: a combination of steak and grilled shrimp for around 100LE, and their seafood platter (195LE) of shrimps, mussels, yellow fin tuna and calamari. Lighter options include the salmon mousse and smoked salmon platter (around 50LE) as well as salads such as Caesar salad with shrimp (45LE), chicken pesto salad (39LE) and Maritim caprese (42LE), which unfortunately were not that impressive.

Maritim also serves local wine and beer: a bottle of Heineken or Stella will cost you approximately 25LE and a glass of wine starts at around 36LE and upwards depending on the brand. Maritim also serves fresh juices, soft drinks and coffees, all ranging between 20LE to 30LE.

Maritim isn't necessarily one of the ‘in’ places to eat at in El Gouna, so you don’t have to dress up; instead, be completely at ease here and enjoy your meal with a perfect view of the glistening, open sea and all the neat yachts docked nearby.