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6th of October City, Cairo, Egypt.
Casper & Gambini's: Another Memorable Branch in Mall of Arabia
Whether Casper & Gambini’s goes east or west, whether it opens a new branch or just a home delivery outlet, it never fails to attract us every time we come across it; somewhat like a magnet drawing us in. And this is not due to a lack of places to go to; we were sold from our very first visit to its City Stars branch.
Although Casper & Gambini’s Mall of Arabia branch was visited a while ago, our reviewer was unlucky and the experience wasn’t enjoyable, but since our visits are all about luck, we thought it was time we tried ours again.
Near to Entrance 2 of the mall, the restaurant has two seating areas; one outdoor area where there’s a water fountain, and another indoor section with its entrance on the side of the shops. Both parts are pleasant but if you’re a true appreciator of relaxation, then the outdoor area will more likely appeal to you.
To start we ordered the chicken Caesar salad (45LE). It was served to us in a big, deep bowl that seemed much like a sphere cut in half. The lettuce was fresh; the salad dressing in the perfect amount, where it wasn’t too much or too little; and the chicken was lovely and tender, however there could have been a bit more of it.
We also tried the chicken pesto pasta (56LE), our waiter warned us that the pesto sauce is green and therefore so will be the colour of our pasta, which caused us to hesitate for a moment, but in the end we decided to give it a try and we weren’t disappointed. The pasta was rich and tasty; the sauce was a little on the heavy side, which made us drink a lot of water after it, but the chicken was well cooked. The club sandwich (45LE) we also ordered was a typical club sandwich, but you are given the option whether to have both halves with the same fillings or different. The sandwich is served with French fries that come in a white cup with the restaurant’s logo on it.
After finishing eating we ordered a caramel latte (22LE), cappuccino (19LE) and lemon-mint iced drink (18LE). Overall the drinks were good but the one that stood out by far was the lemon-mint with its bright yellow and green colours swirled within the crushed ice. Although it was quite large, it was so enjoyable that we managed to finish it all.
A large bottle of water at Casper & Gambini’s is for 13LE, a small one for 8LE and a can of Pepsi for 10LE. Unlike our passed review, the service this time was fast and efficient; giving us the right amount of attention.
As of recently Casper & Gambini’s also offers ‘The Chocolate Bar’, that is a very tempting selection of Belgian truffles one can personally choose via The Giftery website.
Boasting some of the biggest and best restaurants in the city – Tamara, Mori Sushi, Qahwa to name a few – the Waterway's cluster of restaurant and cafes, 'W', is the newest attraction to Cairo’s dining scene in and makes a great choice for anyone who’s wondering where to eat.
With plenty to choose from, we finally decided to visit Crave and give its newly launched menu a try.
Divided into two areas, Crave has a simple sporting club-like outdoor area perfect for a morning coffee or brunch with friends and a cosier indoor area with a fantastic choice of grey and blue furniture, plants hanging from the ceiling and a delightful sight of the waiters preparing cocktails behind the bar which gave the place an overall fun vibe.
With many new items to the menu, we decided to order Vimtojito (29LE) and Strawberry Sensation (30LE) as our drinks while taking our time to check the new items.
Topped with Vimto flavoured cotton candy, the Vimtojito grabbed everyone’s attention with its cute presentation. We fell in love with the sweet and sour flavours from the mojito syrup, lemon, the 7up soda with the Vimto syrup and the fresh mint.
Fresh strawberry puree mixed with cranberry juice, the strawberry sensation was a very interesting choice and we loved the spicy kick from the addition of black pepper and hot sauce.
It was really hard to stop ourselves from ordering our good old Shrimp Kunafa (55LE), but since we’re here for all that is new, we opted for the Grilled Shrimp Guacamole salad (60LE).
Topped with perfectly marinated shrimp skewers bursting with flavours, the salad was well-balanced flavour wise, from the fresh mixed greens and the sweetness of the corn and cherry tomatoes, to the tropical flavour of the pineapple and the citrusy dressing which complimented the shrimp so well. Even though we could barely feel the presence of the guacamole, we really enjoyed the salad and it was an absolutely delicious start for our meal
With so many new tempting items, including Herb and Fereek Chicken (70LE) and Cherry Soya Tuna (99LE), we decided keep it simple and go with Penne Fried Chicken (53LE) and Steak and Mushroom Pasta (55LE) as our mains.
Starting with the penne fried chicken, the pasta was cooked well while the tomato basil sauce was so fresh, only it needed more seasoning and perhaps a kick of shredded parmesan on top too.
Stuffed with cheese and mushrooms, the breaded fried chicken was tender and rich from the cheese, while the mushroom added an earthy flavour and absorbed the deliciousness of the cheese. The crust had exquisite flavours but sadly it didn’t stick to the chicken.
A combination of fettuccine pasta cooked well and tossed in creamy balsamic sauce, the mushroom and steak pasta introduced us to our new favourite couple; the exquisite balsamic and fresh cream duo which formed a creamy sweet and sour masterpiece. Although the seared steak was overcooked, it nonetheless complemented the whole dish with the roasted mushrooms.
With three new desserts on the menu including Jar Cake Duo and Chocolate Chip Lava Cake – we decided to give the Coffee Toffee Crumble (39LE) a try.
A crumbly Lotos biscuit cake topped with a good quality scoop of vanilla ice cream, coated with a toffee-like croquant shell which added an exquisite crunch and a side of homemade coffee syrup in shot glass to pour over the dessert; let’s just say that this heavenly dessert is every coffee addict’s dream come true.
Although we would’ve liked to see the same creativity we saw in the dessert’s section with the appetisers and mains, the menu’s new additions, the great service, the ambiance and Waterway’s spacious new branch will not disappoint you and makes Crave still stands as one of our absolute favourite restaurants when it comes to fine dining in Cairo.