One thing that we Cairenes love is food. One thing that makes that love even lovelier is the beauty of delivery! This city pretty much rocks in that aspect because you can get just about anything you want, delivered right to your front door.
Delivery affords you a quick, easy and often relatively inexpensive way of winging a meal or curing that late night munchies attack. However, if your typical order ranges between the 5LE menu at McDonalds and those delicious 4LE cinnamon rolls from El Tabie El Domyati, are you really doing your body a favour? Probably not.
Attempting to find truly nutritious eat-out options in Cairo can often be a letdown, but sometimes you just have to take what you can get. We’ve gathered a few of the best and healthiest delivery options that are not only decently priced and substantially filling but also healthy and fresh-tasting.
Softest Bread: When Subway finally hit Cairo’s restaurant scene a little over a year ago, it was all the rage. A hearty sandwich piled high with deli meats and veggies is hard to find in this city. At Subway, you essentially get to create your own. Choose your preferred freshly-baked bread– the honey oat bread is healthy and high in fibre. The Italian B.M.T sandwich includes pepperoni, salami and turkey; providing a sufficient amount of protein and a spicy kick. As they tend to skimp on the greens, you may want to ask for extras. Top it off with a modest amount of dressing and voilà!
Cheapest Mezzas: Who doesn’t enjoy a good plate of mezzas? Bistro Rouge is afantastic option when you can’t decide what you want and a little bit of everything sounds just right. The mezzas are cheap, ranging from 6LE to15LE, and the hot dolma can’t be beat. Other favourites include their hummus and the fattoush. The Rouge also carries a decent selection of mana’eesh on their menu. Located in Maadi, the restaurant delivers to the neighbourhood only.
Sushi on a Budget: If finer dining is what you’re in the mood for; treat yourself and drop a few LE on Makani. Makani’s menu is extensive, and provides fresh options for protein and vegetables. Ordered by the piece, nigiri includes a delicately sweet unagi (eel), while the sashimi plates are appropriately portioned. The simone roll has a spicy kick to it, thanks to the chilli sauce; its fillers are a simple combination of diced maguro (tuna) and cucumbers. Try the sunshine roll: the mix of ebi (fried shrimp), caviar, cream cheese and avocado leaves the decadent flavours almost dancing on your tongue.
Freshest Salad: Cant...Get...enough. Munch & Bagel in Zamalek has been ordered too many times to count since the day it was discovered. You receive value for your money; not to mention the fact that their bagels are authentically made. Our favourites include the roast beef on a sesame bagel, and the grilled chicken salad, which is served with enough chicken and fresh veggies, including tasty banana peppers piled high with a small side of ranch dressing.
Best Mana’eesh: Manouch’eh is the epitome of delicious Lebanese mana’eesh, bread pastries cut into bite-size portions and stuffed with herbs, cheeses or meats. The traditional thyme mana’eesh are always a safe bet, while the halloumi cheese paired with tomato is an effortless combination; although a bit on the heavy side. If something more substantial is on your mind, the minced meat and spinach will be a satisfying choice giving you a protein boost.
Source: While the listed
restaurants are all easily reached by telephone, Otlob is only a quick click
away and a nice alternative to the long phone calls.
With some healthful alternatives to the typical cheeseburger and French fries scenario, remember that keeping it fresh is always better and provides a chance to later splurge on a sweet treat...or two.