Tivoli, Heliopolis’ new self-proclaimed food republic, is the newest addition to the Cairo dining scene. It’s basically one large, outdoor food court filled with international food chains surrounding a large decorative fountain. Most restaurants in Tivoli are chains that Cairo is already familiar with, including Pascucci, Cedar’s and Samurai Sushi. One chain that is new to Cairo that people seem to be flocking to is Aussie-inspired steak restaurant Outback Steakhouse.

The bloomin’ onion appetiser is an Outback original and worth all the damage it could possibly do to your waistline. It’s a large Vidalia onion cut open, breaded, fried and served ’bloomed‘ like a flower. Each of the onion’s petals is easily torn off to be dipped into their signature dipping sauce; a creamy sauce with a kick. It’s a whole new take on onion rings and a fantasy for your taste buds.

The Alice Springs chicken main course consists of two grilled chicken breasts topped with sautéed mushrooms, strips of beef bacon and melted Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese. There’s a honey mustard dipping sauce, although the chicken itself has a very juicy flavour. It’s served with your choice of sides; while the vegetables side includes nicely steamed broccoli and carrots.

The sirloin steak was flavourful and a good cut of meat; it’s definitely one of the best steaks in Cairo we’ve tasted. It wasn’t the juiciest, fattest steak ever; but is sure to satisfy a steak craving. The steak came with a well-baked potato and topped with a traditional scoop of butter, sour cream and finished off with chives.

The chocolate thunder from Down Under dessert is epic. A large pecan brownie is crowned with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream and then another scoop of what tasted like homemade whipped cream with chocolate shavings. Surrounded by warm chocolate sauce on all sides, the brownie had a generous amount of pecans and was served fresh out of the oven.

Don’t miss an opportunity to try Outback’s delicious non-alcoholic drinks. The classic mojito tastes like a limey, minty sprite, and is served with fresh mint. The pina colada was especially refreshing, being the perfect blend of crushed ice and pinapple juice. It’s a great treat for a hot summer day. Both drinks are sweet compliments to the savoury entrées.

The service was terrific. When the steak arrived, the waiter even asked us to test the steak and to see if it was cooked the way we requested. The manager also stopped by our table to ask if everything was to our liking. Appetisers average around 40LE, steaks range between 60LE to 120LE and other entrées cost around 40LE to 75LE. An appetiser, two entrées, a dessert and two of Outback’s drinks cost around 400LE.