Sign in using your account with
Maadi, Cairo, Egypt.
Murphy's Sandwiches: Convenient Wraps in Maadi
Entering Murphy's is like entering a kitchen, with just a small food counter separating you and the chef. Following suit, the menu is also small but does have a pretty good selection of wraps, 'Grilledogs', sides, extras and sauces, drinks and desserts. We were bewildered at how Murphy's can claim to be Maadi's only sandwich place, when there was not one conventional sarnie in sight.
Sceptically, we ordered one fried chicken wrap with sweet and sour sauce (20LE), a large Original Grilledog (21LE), a side of cheese fries (9LE) and a Nutella with hazelnut wrap (12LE) to end on. The drinks fridge is filled with all the usual, and some unusual sodas. They also serve slushies from the famous Noisy Drinks Company (12LE). Amazingly, this place afforded us a quick meal for two, for under 100LE.
Our food arrived, including the desert wrap, at more or less the same time. At first glance, we were slightly disappointed as the chicken wrap and Grilledog didn't look anywhere near big enough to satisfy our hunger. On the other hand, the fries portion was both tasty and generous, but was splattered with a cheese sauce, rather than real melted cheese. The wrapping of our food was indeed, as it states on the menu, convenient - especially if we had been on the move. The paper was thick and strong to avoid any leakages and the wrap was wrapped tightly to ensure it didn't fall apart in your hands.
Both the wrap and the Grilledog were crispy from the griddle, and, regardless of their size, tasted delicious and even managed to fill us up - we were reminded that good things often come in small packages. The fried chicken wrap was packed with fresh lettuce and juicy bread-crumbed fillets. We were also particularly pleased with our choice of sweet & sour which was a little bit tangy from the chilli bits. The Grilledog was exactly as hot dogs are supposed to be; a large pink frankfurter in a warm, perfectly fitting, soft bun, covered in lashings of relish, mustard and ketchup with the added bonus of fried onions and cheese.
After giving ourselves a moment to digest the savoury part, we contentedly opened our Nutella wrap. The luscious, thick, Nutella spread was combined with hazelnut pieces and was absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, instead of being golden from toasting, the bread was slightly overdone and occasionally tasted of charcoal - but still, we would have ordered one each if we thought we could fit them in.
In the case of eating in, Murphy's itself is a charming little eatery in a quiet, relaxing road. However, the food is perfectly wrapped for delivery and take away. If you're at a loss as to what to order at lunch time and fancy something a bit different to the existing fast food chains, we would highly recommend Murphy's 'sandwiches'.
With Mcdonald’s and Pizza Hut pretty much monopolising Dokki’s Messaha Square – just look at the always empty Papa John’s – it’s always a surprise when something new opens there. However, that didn’t stop Wienerwald from opening a new branch next to the ill-fated Papa John’s.
With the apple-green ceiling, wood floor, random cartoonish chicken silhouettes, the interior of Wienerwald pretty much follows the same colour scheme of the international branches. There are very limited number of tables and chairs, though.
Wienerwald’s menu is all about different variations of chicken, salads, sides and a lonely hot dog item. After checking the menu, we opted for Half Rotisserie Chicken Meal (50LE), Schnitzel (47LE) and Backhendl (36LE).
Served with perfectly cooked French fries, the rotisserie chicken had a beautiful golden brown crispy skin, exquisite seasoning with a unique smoky flavour to it and was all-round tender – plus, it didn’t have the bad poultry odour you usually find with roasted chicken. Despite a second side of bland rice, it was a flavourful and affordable meal served in a generous portion.
Moving to the Schnitzel, the German classic dish was served with a mini bowl of unremarkable coleslaw and a cold mashed potato that was otherwise very creamy and tasty. As for the schnitzel itself, it was breaded perfectly and had a perfect crust and the chicken very tender, but it wasn’t as thin as schnitzel should be, though a simple squeeze of lemon on top added a great zesty flavour.
Meanwhile, the Backhendl was rather disappointing. Coming with French fries, coleslaw,and 3 pieces of fried breaded chicken – a traditional Austrian dish – was, unlike the previous dishes, very dry, lacked seasoning which and tasted bland, while the crust was super oily.
We finished our meal with a German Apfelstrudel (19LE). The pastry is stuffed with an apple-cinnamon mixture, topped with powdered sugar and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Though it sounds great on paper, it turned out to be another disappointment. Even though the pastry had perfect layers it was very tough and while the apple had a spot-on tender consistency, the cinnamon flavour was far too strong – we felt like we were being tricked into taking the cinnamon challenge.
All in all, our visit at Wienerwald had its ups and downs. For a fast food chain, their food is clean and feels homemade. At the time of our visit, though, we experience the classic fast food problem: inconsistency. Some items were great and others had their flaws – a few too many.