Last year, it was one of Cairo’s favourite venues during Ramadan and this year Le Deck will probably end up high on the list again. Located on the Nile docks of Sofitel Gezirah Hotel, Le Deck has a view to die for. While most venues offer buffet-style fetar and sohour meals, Le Deck delivers straight to your table; a perk that we appreciate in Ramadan, not because we're lazy; but after having stood in line every fetar and filled our own plates, this is a nice alternative.

As soon as you arrive your table is promptly filled up with platters of bread, pickles, salad, tehina and baba ghanough as well as tarama salata. Amar el din, karkadeh and water are also presented immediately; so you have everything ready to break your fast with.

After that, all the food is handed out in perfectly timed stages. The first dish was chicken vegetable soup, which thankfully wasn’t wasted with loads of cream; instead, it was clear bouillon. After that, we received two crockery pots; one with okra and the other one with liver. The portions were extremely generous.

We were almost full after all this, but the piece de résistance had yet to come. A grill was brought to the table filled with grilled chicken, steak and kofta provided for by neighbouring restaurant El Kebabgy. In the mean time, our drinks were filled continuously. All the food is of good quality, but it is the grilled meat that you should come to Le Deck for.

After a short break we received a plate of basbousa, konafa, baa’lawa and other sweets, in addition to a pot of tea. After your meal, you can relax and enjoy the view: Le Deck doesn’t have TV screens on high volume; instead, the background music is a pleasant, smooth mix of French music with an Arabic twist.

This is the perfect time to have your shisha (26LE). We sampled the grape flavour, which was very good and the lay is changed regularly. Add to this the extremely friendly and helpful staff; and you have a perfect Ramadan night out in Cairo.

However, Le Deck doesn’t come cheap. Fetar costs 200LE per person excluding service and tax. Before you order a bottle of water, note that a bottle costs 25LE; far too high a price in our opinion. We ended up paying nearly 600LE for two fetars, a shisha, coke and water. However, it is worth every cent and you will find yourself reluctant to leave Le Deck after your heavenly fetar.