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ChiliBuzz: Chillax’s Offspring Offers Promising Fast Food Dishes
Published On: 18/05/2016

With beautiful landmarks like the Baron Palace, the Catholic Basilica Church and Korba's remarkable architecture, Heliopolis has always been a captivating cultural hub in Cairo which has long attracted plenty of restaurants and cafés; one of them is ChiliBuzz, the newest addition to Cairo's fast food scene inside Chillax restaurant. A small subsidiary of Chillax restaurant located on the vibrant Merghany Street, ChiliBuzz shares the same venue with Chillax. The venue itself boasts a cozy Santorini-inspired indoor area and a simple relaxing and inviting outdoor terrace - think all things Santorini, blue and white colours in the interior, light blue windows, clay lighting. While Chillax has a large international cuisine menu which involves classic staples like pastas, seafood, steak and chicken dishes, ChiliBuzz's menu almost exclusively includes gourmet burgers and hotdogs. We took our seats at the outdoor area as we looked over ChiliBuzz's one page menu. We started things off with Chili Cheese Fries (27.99 LE) and Chicken Tenders (26 LE) as our starters, and as for our burgers, we went for the Sweet Spicy Bacon (39.99 LE) and the Mozza Blast (34.99 LE). Served in yellow metal pans, our appetisers came soon enough and we decided to dig right in. Four long thin pieces of chicken breasts, the chicken tenders had a great crunchy exterior and a tender well-seasoned interior which were even tastier with the honey mustard serving accompanying the dish. Topped with gooey melted cheddar cheese and special seasoning which gave it an extra punch, the fries had mouthwatering and memorable flavours which were perfectly complimented by the chili topping; we just hoped the chili was more than a spoonful as it worked really well with all the other ingredients. Then came our main dishes along with some gloves equipping us for the joyful mess our burgers were about to create. A large burger patty topped with two mozzarella sticks, a slice of cheese, surrounded by melted cheddar cheese, mayo and lettuce, the Mozza Blast was absolutely delicious boasting a well-rounded overall taste. The burger itself was juicy, tender and had a great cook-to-perfection taste, while the bread was really fresh and a bit crumbly. Overall, all the ingredients complimented one another without anything overpowering the other. Essentially comprised of a 200gm burger patty, drenched with a hefty amount of mayo, lettuce and BBQ sauce and topped with bacon and a fresh burger bun, the Sweet Spicy Bacon Burger was just as tasty as the latter burger, with the BBQ sauce overpowering the overall taste - which hid the flavour of the bacon almost completely - while the mayo balanced the overall taste. Overall our visit to ChiliBuzz was delightful. Chillax itself is a great restaurant where you can enjoy a nice meal, while ChiliBuzz is convenient for those looking for tasty and well-executed fast food dishes. With a relaxing location in one of Cairo's biggest burrows, the venue altogether makes a great hangout or studying spot.

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The Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards 2016: Specialist Cuisine Award Winners
Published On: 16/05/2016

The Specialist Cuisine category in the Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards is the most varies of all the dining categories by its very nature. Think of it not as a miscellaneous category, where the most niche cuisine and concepts are bundled together – but a category that celebrates the uniqueness and individuality of its winners. But quality is just as important here – these are by no means restaurants that use empty gimmicks, but ones that have developed unique concepts and menus with commitment, excellence, and, occasionally, panache. Barbacoa Mexican Grill (Latin American Cuisine Award) Having revamped to include a bustling ground-floor bar area, Barbacoa has become one of the best hangout spots in hangout-spot-central, Maadi. It's added a new dimension to an already excellent restaurant, whose excellent menu brings together Mexican classics such as burritos, quesadillas, burritos and tacos, and plenty more in between. Çok Güzel (Turkish Cuisine Award) Unsuspecting Turkish restaurant, Çok Güzel, isn't the biggest name on the local dining scene and is probably a victim of its remote first location in Beverly Hills. Since then, however, branches in Cairo Festival City and on the North Coast have spread paid testament to its outstanding Turkish dishes and a cuisine that isn't all that well represented in Cairo. Dos Cañas (Spanish Cuisine Award) As part of the sky-high Cairo Capital Club in Garden City, Dos Cañas has been met with universal acclaim, thanks to its quality Spanish dishes, its casual-chic atmosphere and its stunning view. Many have bemoaned the prices at the bar and taperia, as well as the excessive minimum charge, but you're guaranteed a unique dining and nightlife experience. The Greek (Mediterranean Cuisine Award) Though there are parallels to be drawn between Greek and Egyptian foods, the latter isn't as common in Cairo as one might think. The Greek in Maadi, however, does its roots proud, with a menu crafted under the watchful eye of one of the owners' Greek mothers. Though the gyro is arguably the most popular item on the menu, all the dishes are executed with an authenticity to what is one of the most simple but flavourful cuisines around. Kayan Kitchen & Bakery (Gourmet Sandwiches Award) As a small kiosk of sorts in Dokki, Kayan is a pretty unsuspecting food vendor. But this modest embellished cart, has a surprisingly large menu of gourmet burger and sandwiches has been a revelation since it opened in front of the Shooting Club (inside of which there's another Kayan cart), boasting fresh ingredients and phenomenal bread, with which they produce some truly outstanding food. Osmanly (Turkish Cuisine Award) The Kempinski Nile's Osmanly has long been considered, not only the best Turkish restaurant in Cairo, but one of the best restaurants in Egypt's capital, period. Adding a contemporary touch to everything you'd expect and Ottoman feast to be, Osmanly, the food is of the highest quality, as is the five-star service and the unique atmosphere. Ovio (European Cuisine Award) Capturing the essence of modern European cuisine at branches in Sheikh Zayed's Galleria40 and, more recently, Maadi, Ovio has emerged as one of the most unique restaurants in Cairo in the last 12 months. Bringing ophistication to casual dining, the Ovio menu pulls influence from a number of different cuisines and boasts some truly remarkable, fresh and creative dishes. Swiss Cottage (Specialist Cuisine) Although it takes culinary influences from neighboring French, German and Italian cuisines, Swiss food is amongst the simpler in the world. But that simplicity doesn't mean a lack of flavor or personality, as Swiss Cottage proves, as it envelopes you in a cosy, slightly kitsch cabin atmosphere, where the menu offers a true and authentic slice of Swiss cuisine. Tabla Luna (Latin American Cuisine Award) Having won over the discerning Maadi crowd with its authentic Latin American dishes, Tabla Luna's popularity led to a second branch opening at Westown Hub – a branch that stands as one of the main attractions at the restaurant-and-cafe complex. When it comes to the food itself, Tabla Luna's menu is a carnival of delicious and authentic dishes from Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico and Bolivia. For more on the 2016 Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards, click here, where you can see all of this year's winners.

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Hayda: Great Atmosphere at Lebanese Nile Side Restaurant
Published On: 16/05/2016

From serving pizza cake, one kilogram of burger -even chocolate burger- to the 'all you can eats' that invaded the city, there's nothing restauranters in Cairo won't do to grab the attention and compete on the ever-exciting restaurant scene. Perhaps Lebanese restaurant, Hayda first grabbed the attention last year not with its food, but rather with its quirky 'chair', where the Levant specialist sent out customised Hayda chairs as an invitation to the restaurant's opening. Located at Nile Street right behind Four Seasons Hotel, Hayda is comprised of large indoor and outdoor areas. The outdoor area boasts an oriental chilling ambiance with black Islamic patterns on the walls, colourful pink, purple, and turquoise chairs and a great Nile View, while the indoor area involves a cozier oriental atmosphere overlooking the Nile, with pink, blue and red chandeliers, white Islamic patterns on the floor and on the columns, not to mention an elevated area adorned with the blue and white arches, colourful cushions, images of vintage Lebanese currencies and posters of Lebanese artists including Sabah and Fayrouz. As soon as we were seated, the waiter came to tell us Hayda's 100LE minimum charge –which we passed with just the mains. We started our meal with Arayess Hayda –essentially grilled Shami bread stuffed with minced beef or chicken (59LE) and Hummus Shawerma (35LE) as starters, and as our mains, we opted for Chicken Mesahaba – boneless grilled chicken (75LE) and Kebbeh Labanyah (85LE). Served with a basket of puffy Lebanese bread, two of our favourite Lebanese creations –shawerma and hummus- are merged together in this dish. Garnished with some cashews, the hummus itself was super smooth and creamy as it should, while the beef shawerma on top had a great zesty flavour to it, only it was a little too dry. Served in triangular flaky shami bread, Arayess were bursting with flavours from the spices, while the beef and chicken were perfectly cooked and came with pickles and fries which were slightly oily. The portion itself was huge which makes it a great shareable appetiser. Moving to the mains, the chicken mesahaba was cooked to perfection, with crispy and flavourful skin, only the chicken itself didn't have a lot of flavours while the vegetables serving was rather boiled and lacked flavour and seasoning. Served with a plate of cold but incredibly fluffy rice topped with little to no nuts, the kebbeh labanyah is essentially fried kobeba topped with yogurt sauce and sautéed minced garlic and herbs; only in our case, it was more of yogurt soup with four pieces of kobeba. Though the flavours were great, the dish itself was not good value for money. We finished our meal with Kunafa Nabulsya with Cheese (45LE). Though some parts of the cheese mixture were a little too salty, the cheese was as stretchy as we'd imagined, while the kunafa itself had an orangy colour with a great crispy crunch and a spot-on amount of syrup on top. Our experience at Hayda was rather a hit and miss one. The service was slow and some of the dishes were a little too steep. But as far as food, some of the items showed a lot of potential and the atmosphere is one of the best Nile side ones we've seen to date.

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The Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards 2016: Healthy Dining Award Winners
Published On: 16/05/2016

It's almost become a cliché, but eating healthy in Cairo is no easy task. But over the last few years, there's been an increased awareness of fitness and health across the country, thanks to an all-round better understanding of food and nutrition. It's this understanding that is at the core of this year's Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Award winners in the Healthy Dining category – and understanding that healthy food can also be delicious and filling. This year's winners not only understand that, but prove it week in, week out. Goodcals The number one choice for many an office-bound Cairenes, Zamalek's Goodcals can rightly claim to have been one of the first healthy food specialist on an island that has had plenty of competition. Goodcal's salads range from the simple, to the more elaborate, but the one thing they all have in common is that they're darn good. Green Habits One of the newer salad bars in Cairo, Maadi's Green habits also doubles up as one of the best juice bars of its kind, serving up refreshing, light and delicious cold-pressed juices and creative smoothies, some of which use more exotic ingredients such as chia seeds . Green Habits' 'Power Bowls' have also been a hit, letting diners bring together oats or granola with everything from chocolate almond milk to all kinds of fruits. Kcal While most healthy eateries are concentrated in the more affluent areas of Zamalek and Maadi, Kcal sticks out like the best of sore thumbs in Mohandiseen, while also having opened branches in Sheikh Zayed and New Cairo. Wherever the chain has landed, it's been a hit with locals thanks to its low-calorie burgers, sandwiches, wraps and desserts. Lettuceat Another of the trailblazing salad specialists, Lettuceat's salads are as bold and as varied as it gets, and are more generous in portions than most. The Zamalek restaurant was one of the first on the island to offer a greener alternative to lunching and has enjoyed a consistent popularity and quality amongst health-conscious Cairenes. Sattva Steps No one likes counting calories, bit with Sattva Steps, keeping track of your calorie-intake is made easy. Not only are you told how many calories each dish is, but you're also told how many steps it will take to work it off. But what makes the Zamalek restaurant unique is its more holistic approach to healthy eating. For Sattva Steps, it's not all about greens and vegetables, as can be seen by their breakfasts options, soups, sandwiches and wraps. For more on the 2016 Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards, click here, where you can also check out all of this year's winners.

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The Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards 2016: Italian Cuisine Award Winners
Published On: 15/05/2016

Italian cuisine has come to occupy an almost innate existence on the Cairo restaurant scene – there are few restaurants that don't feature at least pasta dishes that hark back to classic Italian cuisine, not to mention pizza. The problem is that in the majority of these restaurants, Italian dishes have become so far removed from Italian staples – pasta cooked al dente and the pizza sauce-to-cheese ratio are just two concepts that don't quite translate in Egyptian kitchens, for example. In the Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Award Winners in the Italian Cuisine (which includes the Authentic Pizzeria Award), we have a group that understand the principles that have made the foods of Italy so popular all around the world. Bella 'High-End Italian Cuisine at its Finest' was the title of Cairo 360 last review of Bella – a delightful Italian eatery nestled inside the Four Seasons Nile Plaza in Garden City. Boasting a chic and sophisticated interior which is kept light and breezy with art and use of wood, the open kitchen and spectacular wine bottle display only serve to add to the excellent, authentic dishes. Eish & Malh Downtown Cairo is full of character, but Eish & Malh has carved out a unique character of its own, bringing together the wust el balad hustle, with a simple but expert take on dining, accentuated by its excellent menu. Though its perfect as a café-come-hangout, the bistro's menu features several not-Italian dishes, but the kitchen certainly knows how to whip up an Italian storm. La Trattoria Unlike the current trend, La Trattoria's popularity and success owe nothing to clever social media campaigns, or to promotion of any sort, in fact. What maintains the Zamalek restaurant's standing as one of the best in Cairo – some argue that it's the best – is its consistency in delivering spectacularly on its varied and eclectic menu, against a simple, unfussy backdrop. Pane Vino Inter Continental Semiramis' Pane Vino has gone from a largely archetypal, by-the-numbers hotel restaurant, to one of the best spots for authentic Italian food in the city. While its name, which translates to 'bread' and 'wine', suggest it takes a simple approach, its dishes in fact are amongst some of the most complex, but without losing their hold of traditional Italian flavours. Pepenero The gorgeous Korba has emerged as a modern and cosmopolitan area for dining in recent times and one of the latest restaurants to impress is Italian eatery, Pepenero. Straddling the line between rustic and playful, there's a certain flair to Pepenero's food, be in in the form of its presentation or its sheer gluttonous nature – whether the former or latter, it's certainly a pleaser. STRADA With a huge stain-glass window that lets in plenty of natural light into its urban-Tuscan interior, Four Seasons First Residence's STRADA certainly looks the part. But beyond the unique interior and mesmerising Nile view, this is a restaurant that is considered the best in the hotel, thanks to an overall outstanding dining experience. Vapiano It takes something special to make diners look past the nuisance, let's call it, of dining in a mall – it just feels a little rushed and casual. In Vapiano, though, you have a restaurant that takes you away from the blare of one of the busiest malls in the capital, Cairo Festival City. The international chain does so with excellent food and a serve-your-self approach that has gone down a treat with Cairenes. Andiamo Pizza Bar Pizza bar is a pretty hot phrase in the world of dining these days, so it was only natural that someone in Egypt would bring the concept to Cairo. No one quite have imagined that it would have been executed quite in as much style as Andiamo in Heliopolis has done. Good pizza aside, you go to Andiamo for the whole experience – it's lively, stylishly casual and serves a mean sangria. Il Divino Pizzeria Enjoying a hushed existence in Zamalek, Il Divino opened to plenty of fan fair, as pizza lovers rejoiced at its quality of food when it opened – a quality that persists. Wrapped in a chic yet casual dining package, what comes out of the restaurant's wood-fired pizza has been keeping diners coming back for more – and there could be more branches opening up in the next year. Maison Thomas With ownership connections between it and another winner, La Trattoria, it should come as no surprise that Maison Thomas is on the list again. While the other dishes are just as good, it's the pizza that has made this Zamalek stalwart what it is today; you might even call Maison Thomas a trailblazer for the contemporary pizzeria in Cairo. For more on the 2016 Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards, click here, where you can see all of this year's winners.

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The Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards 2016: Oriental Cuisine Award Winners
Published On: 15/05/2016

You'd think that restaurants in Cairo should have no problem when it comes to the cuisines of the region, particularly that of Egypt – but, no. Naturally, Cairo's most common restaurants are that of Oriental; in addition to there being a diverse range – from Egyptian, to Lebanese and from filling and wholesome, to more high-end – there is also a big chasm in quality in food as well as in other aspects of a restaurant's success. This year's winners in the Oriental Cuisine category sit atop that chasm, boasting their own takes on a cuisine we often take for granted. Al Khal Though it doesn't receive as much fanfare as its Garden City kin, the InterContinental Cairo Citystars is home to some more than decent restaurant, none more so than Egyptian restaurant, Al Khal. Boasting heart, wholesome and elevated local classics and an atmosphere befitting the kind of Egyptian grandeur of yesteryear, Al Khal has emerged as one of the best in the city. Kazouza At the time of Kazouza's opening, the trend of a superior version of Egyptian basics was experiencing a downturn – partly down to the increasing restaurants that used it as a gimmick, and partly because Cairenes began questioning why they were paying so much for food that they could get at a fraction of the price elsewhere. Somehow, though, this Maadi restaurant has managed to lull diners into charm and is one of the most popular restaurants on Road 9. Al Dabke Despite having no less than 16 different food & beverage outlets, the Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers' restaurants receive mixed, often very differing reviews from diners across Cairo. In Al Dabke, however, the hotel has one of the best high-end Lebanese restaurants in the city, bringing together the formal and the casual seamlessly in one package and wrapping it up with some excellent food. Bab El Nil One of the most unique venues of its kind, Fairmont Nile City's Bab El Nil underwent a makeover of sorts this year and is shaping up to be one of the most popular spots this Ramadan. Aside from that however, the renovations have only improved what is a magnificent restaurant that is every bit as rich as you'd expect a Fairmont venue to be – great atmosphere, unique features and good food. Caracas Speaking of rich, Caracas is that in every sense. Colourful, inviting and perfect for log, warm summer evenings, diners invariably find themselves spending much more time than a dinner needs. Once you've feasted on the good food, it's very difficult to resist its charm as a casual hangout. Though Caracas has several branches across Cairo, the Maadi branch stands head and shoulders above them. El Kebabgy Everything you've ever heard about El Kebabgy is true. Sat so close to the Nile that you can hear rocking of the soft waves, this Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah restaurant serves up some of the best grilled meats and mezzas anywhere in Cairo and is often top of the list of suggestions for out-of-towners who want to experience a more lavish side of Middle Eastern dining. La Palmaraie Like its neighbouring restaurant El Kebabgy, Sofitel's Moroccan restaurant, La Palmaraie at its very core is unique for the simple reason that it serves Moroccan food – not as many restaurants as you'd think do. It's not just niche for the sake of niche, though; the food is phenomenal and isn't afraid of challenging local palates with its authentic dishes and grand Moroccan, almost royal, atmosphere and aesthetic. Le Tarbouche Though it's probably not the first, or even second or third, name that springs to mind when thinking of Zamalek's Le Pacha 1901 boat, Le Tarbouche's Egyptian and Lebanese dishes can challenge any other restaurant's in terms of quality and, surprisingly, value for money. It also takes up the space that was meant for the Pacha – so there's that. Taboula Though less well-received franchised branches in Mohandiseen and Zamalek have tarnished the Taboula name, the Garden City original still stands as a pillar of Lebanese dining in Cairo and, when it comes to 'dining experiences', there's nothing quite like it. Taboula is big on atmosphere, big on flavours and just generally big on atmosphere, with its extravagant decor also feeling authentic and lived-in. Truly one of the best. Tajoury It might not be the trendiest area, but Manial is full of restaurants and cafes – and though they vary between ordinary and decent, Tajoury is one of the best on the island. Serving some of the most homely and wholesome Oriental cuisine around, there's a comfort in both the food and the atmosphere befitting an authentic dishes. Tamara Lebanese Bistro Owned by the same food-lovers that have also made Mori Sushi and burger favourite, Mince, a success – and Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Award winners to boot – Tamara made Lebanese cuisine cool again, for lack of a better word. What distinguishes its cuisine, though, is that it's light, delicate and uncomplicated, without losing the complex Levant flavours. Tanoureen Latched onto sister venue and popular Maadi restaurant, Cuba Cabana, Tanoureen may seem like 'just another Lebanese restaurant', but the sum of its parts is much more. Said parts include a great atmosphere, wholesome, filling and well-executed food, which is big on the Lebanese flavours and big on portions. Zeitouna Lebanese Bistro Taking a more modern and sophisticated approach to Lebanese cuisine, many gave Zeitouna Lebanese Bistro a year maximum before it succumbed to its rather remote location at the Nile City Towers. Logically, there are three types of people at the mini-mall – Fairmont guests, Nile City Towers office staff and cinema-goers. On paper, a sit-down Lebanese meal isn't going to attract neither three, but Zeitouna's quality keeps foot-traffic steady. Find out more about the 2016 Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards, click here, where you can see all of this year's winners. 

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Win! Dinner for Two at Torii Japanese Restaurant!
Published On: 13/05/2016

As one of the most striking pieces of architecture on the island of Zamalek, the Cairo Marriott Hotel certainly leaves a mark on anyone and everyone that visits it. But beyond the palatial walls that were built as by Khedive Ismail in 1869, lays a hotel that embraces the long history of the palace, while also offering some top fine-dining options. One of the most popular spots for Cairo's discerning diners at the Marriott is Japanese restaurant, Torii, which stands as one of the more unique Asian eateries in the city. With an a diverse menu and authentic dishes (not to mention an endlessly entertaining teppenyaki station), Torii's atmosphere is intimate, modern and sophisticated, all the while retaining the element of the traditional that has come to define the Marriott. But let's get to the reason we've brought you here today.... What? The good folk at the Marriott are offering one Cairo 360 reader the chance to win dinner for two at Torii! Why? Because Torii is one of the most underrated restaurants in Zamalek and it's about time you you got to know it a little better. How do I get my hands on it? We've made things a little trickier this time – to enter your name into the draw, just tell us which Marriott venue the below photo has been taken in. Tough, right? Well, don't tell anyone we told you this, but you might find a clue or two on the Marriott's official website… Now what? Send your answers to freestuff@cairo360.com, with your full name, contact details and Marriott Competition' in the subject line. The competition ends at midnight on Wednesday 25th of May 2016, so hurry up and send your answers in! Terms and Conditions apply.

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The Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards 2016: International Cuisine Award Winners
Published On: 12/05/2016

As a category, International Cuisine - which also includes the Cairo 360 Premium Steakhouse Award - is a tough one to judge, because, as a concept, it's difficult to define. For restaurants in Cairo, International Cuisine often means a mish-mash menu of popular dishes from across the world. So how do you judge a restaurant's proficiency in this most vague of concepts? Well, the key to a successful 'international menu', is that the kitchen understands and masters even the smallest shades of difference and requisites of its varying dishes, and deliver them with quality and authenticity – something that the winners of the Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards in the International Cuisine category do in style. Crave (International Cuisine Award) Though there have been modifications to the original menu that made Cairo fall in love with popular chain, Crave, it was a change that, in hindsight, was needed for the restaurant to keep up with the times – and it's worked. Serving a range of eclectic dishes from varying cuisines, Crave has also managed to achieve a unique personality and atmosphere, unlike so many other chains. The Edward's (International Cuisine Award) Though the hustle and bustle of a mall doesn't make for the most comforting background noise while dining, the Edward's – located in Cairo Festival City Mall – envelopes you into its quirky, yet somehow chic, world. Though the menu features largely familiar dishes, it's the kitchen's execution that ensures that the food lives up to the restaurant's image. Grapes (International Cuisine Award) Located on the busy Street 9 in Maadi, Grapes, possesses the aesthetic playfulness of a typical, modern Egypt café, and can function as a good hangout. But that statement might be doing the restaurant's quality of food a huge disservice, because from the pizzas and pastas, to their beef, veal and chicken dishes, to their breakfasts, there's not much you won't find to enjoy at Grapes. Kazlak (International Cuisine Award) Despite its relatively short existence, the Courtyard in Maadi has quickly become one of the area's most popular dine-and-hangout spots, with Kazlak being one of the main instigators. Big menus often result in and inconsistency in quality on Cairo's dining scene, but Kazlak dishes are wholesome, well-executed and there's something for everyone. Oak Grill (International Cuisine Award) Though widely thought of as a steakhouse, Conrad Cairo Hotel's Oak Grill is much more. While the restaurant's steak dishes are among the best in Cairo, the menu encompasses much more thorough the appetisers, mains and desserts, offering and range of fantastic dishes – particularly the seafood dishes. This is fine dining at its best. The Smokery (International Cuisine Award) Few, if any, can boast a location quite as spectacular as that of the Smokery. Having recently launched a brunch menu that can be enjoyed on a sunny weekend while overlooking the magnificent Katameya Heights Golf course, there's a holiday-feel to the Smokery, that gives way in the evening to a more elegant experience built on great food and great service. Ted's (International Cuisine Award) As another restaurant that's made the best of its mall location, Ted's – located in Citytars' trendy Mosaique Dining Area – keeps you occupied with its own hustle and bustle and, of course, it's delicious, and occasionally ingeniously creative, dishes, as well as its general lively atmosphere. There are few restaurants that are as big, too, with the space having a separate juice bar as well as a 'Cheese Room'. U Bistro & Bar (International Cuisine Award) Taking the space that was once occupied by Zamalek bar, Le Bodega, U Bistro & Bar took some time to open after it was announced, but it was certainlt worth the wait. Having completely transformed the space and made it its own, U Bistro provided one of the best dining experiences of the last 12 months, serving phenomenally executed high-end dishes and an equally charming bar experience. Viking Restaurant (International Cuisine Award) In just reading the name, you'd be forgiven for assuming that Viking was some kind of theme restaurant. Granted, the chain's first branch did wade into a certain level of kitsch, but a more modern, contemporary branch has let what is a surprisingly high level of food, shine. Don't be surprised to find more branches opening up in the future. Western Tummy (International Cuisine Award) As a restaurant and a 'non-alcoholic bar' – they give you complementary non-alcoholic welcome shots and serve non-alcoholic wine – many scoffed at the very notion. Unfortunately for naysayers, Western Tummy's food alone has been a hit with residents in New Cairo, offering a range of dishes that touch on both high-end and casual dining. JW Steakhouse (Premium Steakhouse Award) Yes, you have to cough up a small fortune for a full dinner at JW Steakhouse, but that small fortunate affords you one of the best and most unique dining experiences in the city. As the Marriott's worldwide signature steakhouse, there's an old-school, almost traditionalist western elegance to the restaurant that is accentuated with fantastic food and top-notch service. One Oak (Premium Steakhouse Award) Thought Tivoli Dome in 6th of October City is overshadowed by the likes of nearby Arkan Mall, one restaurant in particular has given the dining-cluster a boost – One Oak. While other restaurants have tried the sushi-and-grill concept, few have been as successful as One Oak, who attracts as many steak fans as it does sushi fans – top quality across the board. For more information on the 2016 Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards, click here.

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The Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards 2016: Indian Cuisine Award Winners
Published On: 12/05/2016

If there was ever any doubt about the worldwide popularity of Indian cuisine, just remember that it has been widely accepted as the most popular type of food in the UK, for the last decade – ahead of fish and chips, for example. While Egypt's love of Indian food might not be quite enough to top local favourites, the state of the Cairo's Indian dining scene isn't to be scoffed at. Rich is possibly the best word to describe Indian cuisine and there are actually quite a few Indian restaurants in the capital; but only a select few stand above the rest as the best in the capital – only a select few are 2016 Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Award winners. Begum Maadi's restaurant scene is possibly the most eclectic in the city, making Begum's steady standing as one of the best Indian restaurants all the more commendable. Like its Zamalek-located sister venue, Nawab, there's a simplicity about Begum that makes their food all the more surprising, delicious and authentic. Indira Though the Holiday Inn Cairo Citystars isn't the trendiest hotel in Egypt's capital, it happens to be home to one of the best high-end Indian restaurants in the city. Indira bares all the trademarks of a hotel restaurant – it's chic, elegant and sophisticated – but retains the homely and wholesome nature of Indian food that we all love so much. Maharaja Ramses Hilton's Maharaja forsakes the kitsch that many other Indian restaurants readily embrace in an attempt at fostering an atmosphere, instead focusing on producing fresh, rich food. The tandoori station is a nice touch, while the food itself is simple and clean but typically big on flavour. Maharani The second Maadi-located Indian restaurant to win an award, Maharani – not to be mistaken for its Downtown namesake – hits all the right notes, thanks to its excellently made dishes. The slightly over-the-top will either slightly irk you or delight you depending on which side of the fence you sit on, but Maharani delivers where it matters. Nawab A legend in Zamalek, Nawab is the go-to for many fans of Indian cuisine. While the portions are as generous as you'll get, the quantity in no way compromises the quality. Throw in the fact that its prices are reasonable and you get plenty of bang for your buck and you have the dining trifecta – good food and plenty of it at prices affordable enough that you can guiltlessly eat it at every chance. For more on the 2016 Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards, click here.

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The Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards 2016: Asian Cuisine Award Winners
Published On: 11/05/2016

As one of the most colourful and diverse cuisines to run riot on the Cairo restaurant scene, Asian cuisine has always enjoyed popularity in both its authentic and more, what some call, 'Americanised' forms. Although food-purists will dismiss the latter as a lesser version, it's become a beast of its own and it only adds the overall diversity – think of it as a fusion cuisine. This diversity is well represented in Cairo; with everything from sushi specialists, and a high-end Cantonese restaurant, to Chinese take-out joints and basic, no-frills Thai eateries, there's certainly plenty of variation. But in the winners of the Asian cuisine category, we've selected the best of a tough lot. 8 A truly unique restaurant, Four Seasons Nile Plaza's Cantonese eatery, 8, frames its cuisine in the most lavish of ways and against the most spectacular of settings. Though you'll find slight variations of more familiar Chinese dishes in Cantonese cuisine, there are several outstanding, one-of-a-kind dishes – and the view is spectacular, too. Asia Bar When it comes to quality and refinement, the many Nile-side boats in Zamalek, Giza, Manial and Maadi isn't the first place you'll find them. Asia Bar, however, brings the elegant and the casual, the eater and the drinker, for one all-inclusive experience and a versatile, well-ezecuted menu that makes it as a good a hang-out spot as a dining one. Birdcage Located at Garden City's InterContinental Semiramis Hotel, Birdcage has long been thought of as the benchmark of true Thai cuisine – and with good reason. The luxury and sophistication of a hotel restaurant are there, but what makes Birdcage one of the best in town is the quality of its service, its unique atmosphere and, of course, the outstanding food. Fuego Whether you love it or hate it, the sushi trend in Egypt doesn't look like it's going to die anytime soon, as the Japanese delicacy continues to appear on menus across Cairo. One of the most popular sushi spots in town, however, is Fuego – as anyone who's ever queued up for a table at the Zamalek branch will know all too well. L'Asiatique A favourite aboard the Le Pacha 1901 boat in Zamalek, L'Asiatique has a timeless spirit to it that has seen it stand the test of time despite the increase in competition. Serving dishes from all across Asia, there's been a marked improvement in the last year when it comes to quality and service, making it a popular destination from group outings. Mirai Sitting pretty at the tip of Zamalek in between sister venues, Sequoia and Left Bank, Mirai boasts a unique location that it fully takes advantage of and a diverse selection of sophisticatedly conceived dishes – including some very good sushi – and an atmosphere that somehow closes you off from the busier venues either side of it. Mori Sushi As one of the biggest names on the local restaurant scene, there can be little doubt about Mori Sushi's position as the premiere sushi restaurant in Egypt. Boasting several branches all across the country – and its recent first outside of it – Mori is the leader of the pack when it comes to the widely-loved Japanese food. Sabai Sabai Possibly the most modest of the Asian Cuisine Award winners, judge Sabai Sabai not on its location or its largely dull, no-frills appearance – but on its excellent, reasonably-priced food and warm, inviting atmosphere. Owned by and Egyptian-Thai married couple, big flavours and big portions across a huge menu define the Zamalek restaurant. Saigon Restaurant & Lounge Though the lounge element and the week-long live entertainment at Fairmont Nile City's best restaurant are what bring in the crowds on a daily basis, people come back to Saigon Restaurant & Lounge for its outstanding Asian-fusion menu – one that is creative, ambitious and executed in style, with a flair that you don't often find in Cairo. Shogun InterContinental Cairo Citystar's Japanese restaurant, Shogun, isn't exactly one of the most famed in the city, but it goes about quietly with its business – that business being producing Japanese cuisine worthy of any discerning foodie. In addition to its entertaining Teppanyaki station and a solid selection of sushi, the restaurant's mains and starters are just as impressive. Wok and Walk There have been previous attempts at igniting the Chinese-takeaway-in-a-box culture in Cairo, but no one has quite managed to get it right like Wok and Walk. Having found initial popularity in Maadi, the restaurant has gone on to open up another branch in Heliopolis, where it has become one of the most visited venues of the busy Merghany Street. The key to its success? Hearty portions, big flavours, lots of options and that satisfying feeling that only a box of noodles can give you. For more in the 2016 Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards, click here.

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