Cairo Restaurants

Steak Corner: Appetisers Reign Supreme in Dokki
Published On: 15/10/2012

Located on Dokki’s Michel Bokhoum Street, recently opened restaurant, Steak Corner, adds to the long list of Cairo eateries that claim to be specialists in that wonderful delicacy of steak. It’s also added to a number of rather heavy-handed names; Steak Out, Steak Time, Le Steak, etc. But we care not for the name a restaurant bears; we only care that it delivers on its promise.A more than welcoming waiter made us feel like we owned the restaurant when we entered and we were afforded the option of choosing to sit absolutely anywhere. The interior is predominantly decorated around a silver and white colour theme, and a waterfall with lit greenery adds a nice ambiance. Several TV screens are dotted around the area, as well as several Samsung logos on the walls, as if it’s a sponsor – weird.Steak Corner’s menu is rather large and offers a variety of dishes. A selection of olive and cheese breadsticks provides an appetising prelude to your meal. We started with a pleasing minestrone soup (8.99LE) which came piping hot with fresh vegetables, before embarking on the restaurant’s unique appetisers, including vegetable pie filled with a mix of onion, carrot, cabbage and courgette (10.99LE) – the dish is also available with seafood (15.99LE). Also among the interesting appetisers are the cannelloni options, which come in mushroom and spinach (16.99LE), chicken (19.99LE) and seafood (24.99LE).  For mains, we plumped for the steak with spinach and pine sauce (69.99LE) – cooked well-done. As first time eaters of a spinach and pine sauce, any apprehension at the peculiar dish faded away with the first bite, especially with the steak, which was cooked perfectly to our instructions.We also went for grilled chicken with creamy sauce (45,99LE) made of mushroom, lemon, pepper and mustard. The chicken was grilled and cooked to a perfect tenderness; the combinations of the sauce brought out the flavour fantastically. For dessert, we wholeheartedly settled for the chocolate fondant with ice cream (23.99LE). The combination of the thick, warm chocolate goo and creamy ice cream is the stuff dreams are made of and would please the fussiest of dessert lovers. To wash it all down, we went for the Morning Kit Kat (18.99LE); a mixture of vanilla ice cream, milk and of course, Kit Kat pieces. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a disappointing note to end on; it was watery, a little warm and devoid of any strong flavours.Despite this, our first visit to Steak Corner more than warrants a second visit – if only to try out more of the restaurants excellent, creative appetisers.


Charwood's: Sheikh Zayed Finally Has a Real Steakhouse
Published On: 13/06/2012

Charwood’s has long been a household name for steak lovers in Cairo. Originally a sole restaurant on Gamaat El Dowal Street in Mohandiseen, Charwood’s is finally spreading its wings across the city. The new branch in the recently launched Arkan Mall brings Charwood’s signature steaks to Cairo’s suburban community. Maintaining its down to earth sophistication and limited menu of specialties, Charwood’s opening widens the spectrum of available options for Sheikh Zayed residents. Hany – Charwood’s headwaiter for at least the past five years – can also be found in the Sheikh Zayed outlet, adding to the familiarity of the atmosphere. The menu is pretty much the same as in Mohandiseen, with some minor additions such as grilled chicken and chicken brochette, both priced at 75LE. They also serve an Australian rib-eye steak for 190LE. A minor difference in prices is hardly felt, with the occasional 5LE-10LE extra on select dishes. The spacious interior is whitewashed in the traditional Charwood’s style; however we did miss the decorative assortment of bottles and copper knick-knacks available in the Mohandiseen branch. We were told that they are soon to arrive, as the restaurant is slowly but surely settling into the new space. They do have an outdoor seating area which could be a delight for diners seeking some fresh air, although you may want to be prepared with some insect repellent. Charwood’s Sheikh Zayed is unique in that it has a fully functional bar with a bartender to sport. Filled with a selection of local and imported wines as well as a selection of liquor, this is one of the few places in the area that serves alcohol. As is customary, we were served a green salad and fresh bread upon being seated. Wanting to try out their new dishes, we settled on a grilled half-chicken served with a baked potato and grilled vegetables (75LE). Accustomed to only the best from this household name, we were not impressed. We ended up struggling with a puny piece of chicken that did not retain much flavour. On the other hand, the chateaubriand, served with mashed potatoes and vegetables, was delicious and came in a generous portion – making for a lip-smacking dinner (115LE/half portion, 215 LE/double portion). A bottle of Cape Bay white wine (185LE) didn’t quite hold up though, luckily we were offered a cold beer on the house to compensate. Although our experience was overall pleasant, they have yet to meet the high standards they’ve set for themselves in Mohandiseen.


JW's Steakhouse: Expensive but Incredible Steaks in Zamalek
Published On: 04/06/2012

JW's Steakhouse is renowned to be the most expensive restaurant in Cairo. Located on the ground floor of the Marriot hotel in Zamalek, the venue is a popular spot for businessmen and a haven for all meat lovers. And although we’ve reviewed it once before, we thought it was time to revisit and decide if all that money is still worth spending. Tucked away behind Saraya Café, the JW's Steakhouse is very much a gentleman’s restaurant. The large leather chairs with high backs and arm rests are reminiscent of furniture one would find in a study; the overall interior is hushed as though coated in a layer of carpet. The service from the start was a bit off. It took a while to get menus and throughout the meal the waiters were extremely over-zealous; serving our starters to us despite the fact we’d specifically asked to be left to do it ourselves; and interrupting the conversation frequently for somewhat unimportant details. But service might as well not be evaluated considering there is nowhere in Cairo that has succeeded in breaking our bad service spell. A bread basket with homemade bread infused with onions came with herb and garlic butters and was most enjoyable. The restaurant also offers the option of ordering half a carafe of wine instead of committing to the whole bottle – something done nowhere else in Cairo. The menu is not extremely varied; sticking to basic steakhouse dishes such as steak with a choice of sides, some seafood options and a selection of simple starters. The Palace Chop Salad (65LE) comes with lettuce, blue cheese, boiled eggs, tomatoes, sweet onions and green olives. While it was fresh and light, we felt it was also nothing special. The ingredients matched each other well but we found the dressing to be unexciting and flat. On the other hand though, the smoked salmon with ginger dill (105LE) was an absolute delight. Even though there wasn’t really any ginger flavour in the starter, the salmon was perfectly fresh, soft and outright delicious. The grilled Canadian lobster tail (345LE) was ordered with a baked potato on the side instead of the wild rice and while the potato had the perfect crisp to its skin and fluffiness at its core, the lobster meat didn't blow us a way. The lemon sauce that accompanied the dish was perfectly complimentary, however the lobster meat itself wasn’t as good as others we’ve tried locally. The broccoli, also on the side, was surprisingly cold. Stealing the prize away however was the 8oz filet mignon (305LE), which was easily the best steak we’ve ever tried in Egypt. Ordered medium rare, the quality of the steak is definitely worth the money spent; tender meat that melts in your mouth, it will not disappoint. The steak is served with pepper and hollandaise sauces, as was ordered with a side of asparagus and spinach gratin (65LE). The asparagus was good but the real star of the sides was the spinach gratin which was full of mouth-watering, oven-baked flavours. Warned that it will take 30 minutes, we stayed loyal to our love of dessert and waited patiently for the chocolate soufflé (60LE) to arrive – it was definitely worth the wait. Served in small ramekin with whipped cream and chocolate sauce on the side, the soufflé was perfect. Toasty on the top, moist and rich on the inside; it was heavenly. JW’s Steakhouse is not exactly cheap. A basic meal could easily cost you up to 800LE, without dessert. But to be honest, if your wallet can withstand the blow and you’re craving some quality meat; this is without a doubt the place to go. 


Blackstone Bistro: Making Dining Simple in Zamalek
Published On: 16/05/2012

Not to be confused with fellow Zamalek restaurant Black Rock, Blackstone Bistro’s reputation precedes it, having built up a crazed following in its original Maadi branch. Located on Taha Hussein Street, the small face of the restaurant doesn’t do its size justice. The area is like a corridor that goes deep into the building and accommodates large and small groups. The decor is completely unremarkable, even with the schizophrenic selection of photographs hanging on the walls. It’s clean-cut and simple though, and its conventionality works to its favour. Blackstone Bistro’s menu is large and encompasses everything you’d expect from an international menu. You’ll immediately feel at home as you deliberate over an impressive basket of bread. The Our Salad (29LE) is a simple creation of arugula, feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette; a combination that makes the best of simplicity. As is the case with the best salads, Blackstone Bistro relies on freshness and quality of ingredients. The arugula was fresh and crisp, the cheese kept together and the balsamic tied the two together nicely. It’s by no means a spectacular example of culinary skill, but then it isn’t meant to be. As one of the most expensive dishes on the menu, the Blackstone Fillet (120LE) holds the burden of carrying the restaurant’s name and the promise of a chocolate pepper sauce. The fillet is served alongside a generous portion of baked potato wedges and sautéed spinach. The latter does no more than act as decoration, while the wedges – arriving blisteringly hot – severely lacked seasoning, though it was nothing some salt and pepper can’t fix. They were crispy on the outside and pleasingly smooth and soft on the inside. The fillet itself was done slightly more than the requested medium, but the quality of the cut of beef compensated for any wrongdoing, but not quite enough to distract from the faintness of the chocolate pepper sauce. With every bite, the sauce gave off a different taste; soy sauce, cocoa and vinegar being the most evident. Whatever the reason, the sauce just didn’t come together, but it was so faint that it had little effect on what was a quality piece of beef. The spinach ricotta ravioli (52LE) triumphed where the fillet failed. A form of pasta that is seldom done perfectly in Cairo, the small pockets were scantly stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese. But that didn’t matter because the pasta itself was so good that the subtlety of the filling was perfect. Unlike the fillet, the sauce that accompanied the dish hit the spot. The lemon herb sauce was creamy, full of flavour and had an edge on account of the lemon. Rounding off the meal, the Crème Brulèe (30LE) delivered on all fronts; rich custard base and a perfectly delicate caramel layer. It was, however, tainted by an ever so slight over-sweetness and an overuse of orange zest. The best thing that can be said about Blackstone Bistro is that it does things right. The menu, despite being rather large, is well-thought out and the kitchen invariably delivers on its promises.


Steak Out: Fast Fetar in a Lively, Crowded Space
Published On: 28/08/2011

If you’re tired of the set fetar menus and open buffets galore dominating the Cairo dining scene this Ramadan, trying an a-la-carte menu is a refreshing experience. However, if your choice of a venue is a popular restaurant like Steak Out, chances are you may not have the quiet meal that you crave. Steak Out is best known for its signature steak dishes and is immensely popular among the younger dining crowd in Cairo. At the time of this reviewer’s visit, the restaurant was bursting full with young and jovial patrons waiting for fetar, and the noise level never really abated throughout the meal; not even when the call to prayer had everyone breaking their fast. We were asked to reserve in advance and to show up one hour before fetar time to guarantee that our orders would be delivered on time. That being said, our orders of cream of chicken mushroom soup (9.99LE) were served ten minutes early, and had to be sent back to be reheated in time for fetar. Apart from that minor glitch, the rest of our food arrived promptly; a little too promptly even. Our food was served as if it were on a conveyer belt; promptly, briskly and a little too roughly. Having our soup bowl taken off our table before we were finished to make room for our appetisers and main courses was a bit disconcerting, but the harried waiter was too overwhelmed with the conveyer belt system to notice our bleats of disapproval. This reviewer’s order of medium-rare rib-eye steak (99.99LE) came with a side of salad greens and pepper sauce. Although it was clearly served fresh off the grill, we found the meat to contain too much fat, and it was most definitely cooked medium not medium-rare. Even worse, the pepper sauce was so thick and heavy; it completely overpowered what little taste the meat actually had. Our companion’s order of grilled chicken steak (99.98LE) fared better: the chicken meat was lightly grilled and blended well with the side order of mashed potatoes drenched in a cream sauce. After our plates were promptly whisked away, our orders of dessert and a pot of tea with mint arrived seconds later. The Oreo madness half-portion (19.98LE) has always been one of the most popular items at Steak Out and we could see why: although it arrived already melting, the delicious mix of crunchy biscuit crust with thick vanilla ice cream and heavy caramel sauce compensated for the lacklustre main course this reviewer had just had. The brownies and fudge (12.99LE) were equally as heavenly, arriving hot and drenched in chocolate sauce. The desserts were heavy on the sugar, and the mint tea was a necessary component to wash the meal down. If you don’t mind the noise and appreciate a speedily served meal, Steak Out is your restaurant this Ramadan. But don’t expect gourmet food or quality steak; this restaurant focuses on large portions of butter-heavy food for the family. Nothing more, nothing less.


Bab El Nil: Cosy Sohour at the Fairmont Nile City
Published On: 07/08/2011

The Fairmount Nile City has done its fair share for Cairo’s social scene over the past few months. Whether it’s the lush pool available for day-use, the cool Californian cuisine at Napa Grill, all you can eat sushi at Alabaster bar, or Wednesday night parties on the Sky Pool terrace; there’s always a fresh hubbub just around the corner. Speaking of the Sky Pool terrace, that’s the spot of Bab El Nil; the Fairmount Nile City’s Ramadan sohour tent. We were thoroughly impressed with last year’s setup, and would have welcomed more of the same. Unfortunately, in a seemingly rash move, the good people of Fairmont have revamped the whole concept. Seating is divided into two distinctive setups. The central section is much more comfortable for dining, while the outer seating areas are made of deep comfortable couches that you could lapse into a nap inside of if tempted. On one side is a four-piece band playing traditional Egyptian music, which makes for the perfect background noise. The dimly lit rooftop area is nicely spaced out, and every area is its own private safe-haven. As mentioned, this is strictly sohour only; anyone looking for fetar will have to settle for Napa Grill. Further disappointment comes in the way of the rather expensive à-la-carte menu. The menu only really shines with its cold and hot mezza options (16LE to 22LE). All your Egyptian and Middle Eastern classics are available; baba ghanough, tehina, fatoush, stuffed vine leaves, et al. Orders of fatoush and baba ghanough (both 16LE) were late, and ended up coming out at the same time as the mains, but it was an immediately excused lapse given the freshness and deliciousness of both dishes. The chunky pieces of tomato, cucumber and onions in the fatoush were only outshone by the pieces of radish; an ingredient that we don’t come across that often in Cairo. The squares of bread tasted freshly crisped, and the garnishing of lemon and mint made for an appetising opening to the meal. The baba ghanough was equally as good, and will have you reaching for the bread basket more often than you’ll want to admit to yourself. Sadly, the serving was a little small and it might have you forcibly scraping bread against the plate to pick up every splodge. It was smooth and light, and had that great blunt taste. The starters are relatively cheap in relation to the venue, but the mains are outrageously priced in comparison. Only a handful of dishes are offered, and are all priced above 100LE. The mixed grill (118LE) consisted of shish tawouk, veal and lamb. The title of mixed grill usually signals a meat feast for most, but the servings here are small; this is sohour after all. All three meats are perfectly cooked, if a little under-seasoned, and are served with a small amount of rice that is edible yet pretty redundant. The seafood grill is a pretty delightful treat, with the jumbo prawns being a particular highlight. Like the meat of the mixed grill though, the dish was under-seasoned. Drinks are plentiful, with Ramadan favourites amar el din and tamr hindi (25LE) coming out of the kitchen fresh and chilled, but a little on the sweet side. It wouldn’t be a sohour without a shisha, which costs 24LE a pop. The staff members were a little slow tending to problems and queries, but were courteous and polite. Your gauging of whether this is a good choice for sohour very much depends on what you’re looking for. The 130LE minimum charge sets a pretty comfortable target for those looking to have a full-blown meal, and those after an evening of shisha, snacks and drinks. The menu isn’t particularly inventive, but what they do here at Bab El Nil; they do well. 


Le Steak: Standard Steak in a Standard Restaurant
Published On: 20/01/2011

It’s safe to say that we Cairenes like our meat, unless you’re a vegetarian. But for those of us who crave veal, steak, burgers and kofta, Cairo is full of restaurants that cater to our carnivore desires. Located on Le Pacha 1901 boat in Zamalek, Le Steak is a French restaurant that attempts a Parisian bistro atmosphere with its Art Nouveau menus, wooden ceilings and flooring, booths and charming chandeliers. Popular amongst an older clientele, Le Steak's atmosphere is more cosy than trendy; it’s the type of restaurant that your dad would love but you wouldn’t want to bring your hip girlfriend to. If you feel like brushing up on your French, all items on the large menu are listed en Francais, though you can cheat and read the English and Arabic in fine print. Although the cuisine is predominately French gastronomy, we were baffled to find the odd mention of spring rolls with vegetables. If nothing strikes your fancy, the restaurant also offers menus from all nearby restaurants on the boat; so you can order sushi from L’Asiatique or risotto from Piccolo Mondo, though we recommend you order appetizers from the Lebanese restaurant Le Tarbouche such as the chicken liver and stuffed vine leaves. For appetisers, you can select from their standard soups: tomato, chicken, mushroom or gratinated onion (22LE to 34LE), and salads such as the endives with walnuts and blue cheese (50LE) or starters such as the mushroom Provencal. Our selection of mushroom cream soup was a tiny, coffee-mug portion of thick, creamy and very standard soup that filled but didn’t delight. The mushroom and rocket salad (49.90LE) was a large plate of rocket with sliced and canned mushrooms, large slices of parmesan cheese and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette. Again, it was normal and tasty, but not exciting. Although it boasts a long list of fish and poultry dishes as main courses, what Le Steak does best is, uh, steak. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try the restaurant’s speciality of Chateaubriand, a tender cut of 250 to 280grams from the tenderloin of rare meat (107.90LE). If you’re wary of bloody steaks, you can opt for the safer options of beef fillet with pepper, Roquefort, mustard or béarnaise sauce. It’s difficult to get medium-rare just right, and our order of beef fillet with béarnaise sauce (83.90LE) was tender and juicy, though we could have done with less blood and more flavour. Nonetheless, the fillet was tasty enough to be eaten on its own without the béarnaise sauce, which, combined with the very thick mashed potatoes on the side, was a little too creamy for our taste. The beef fillet with wild mushroom sauce (86.90LE) was equally well-cooked and tasty, but nothing out of the ordinary. The dessert menu offers a selection available to all outlets on the boat, including dark chocolate flourless lava cake, fruit salad, strawberry meringue and date tart with vanilla ice cream (between 15LE to 31LE). After a heavy steak meal, we recommend the lemon sorbet, which is a light way to end such a filling meal. A two-course meal for two excluding wine will set you back around 350LE. Our main complaint about Le Steak is that it's too standard: the cuisine was good; the service was good; but just good, not amazing, and definitely not memorable.


Chophouse: Charming French Steakhouse in Heliopolis
Published On: 09/01/2011

Next door to Deals in Korba is Chophouse, a newly opened steakhouse that’s not only supremely sweet in design and service; but also quite serious when it comes to its carnivorous ways. The front door automatically greets you with a charming hello, which is extended once you’re inside, where the simple interior lends a hand to the cosy and familiar ambience. Light music and dim lighting will have you relaxed at once while the little details such as the ceramic pig salt and pepper shakers will keep you smiling at your newly found abode. When it comes to service, Chophouse is on top of their game; they’ve managed to strike a balance of friendly, attentive service without being overbearing. An understated setup of ten tables with checked tablecloths and little wooden chairs accompany the chalkboard menu perfectly. Complimentary amuse-bouches are instantly brought to the table, including thin, warm breadsticks with a side of blue cheese dipping sauce. Chophouse’s menu isn’t strenuous, which is great for the indecisive diner. All appetisers are priced at 35LE, including bruschetta, chicken liver and a balsamic rocket salad. Six stuffed mushrooms come deep-fried and filled with cheese and chopped peppers, providing a zesty bite with the pairing of chilled French dressing. Pizza and pasta options range from 35LE to 50LE, while all main dishes and specialty plates are served with steamed vegetables and your choice of sauce and potatoes. Main courses include veal liver and lamp chops, while the trio grill (98LE) came piled with a meat selection that included tenderloin and lamp chop. Grilled to perfection but dry at times, the baked potato and vegetables paired well with the meat. Specialty dishes include rib eye and t-bone steaks. For 110LE, the fillet mignon was extremely juicy and flavourful, leaving the side of pepper sauce almost pointless. Served with a side of comforting and chunky mashed potatoes, we couldn’t get enough of it. The only two dessert options on the menu are a chocolate brownie (22LE) and French mini-treats. Overly dry but gooey with warm fudge in the centre, the brownie was just average. For a three-course meal, expect to pay around 350LE and upwards for two people. Although we wish that they offered smaller portions, Chophouse definitely satisfied our stomachs.  


Blackstone Bistro: Profoundly Satisfying American Dining
Published On: 20/09/2010

The latest addition to Cairo'’s dining culture describes itself as homemade, fresh and American. The fact that the venue claims to specialise in American cuisine brings to mind popular chains like Chili's and TGI Fridays, neither of which are particularly celebrated for their homemade freshness. So it is this impression– reinforced by the faux-brick walled interior - which a potential patron must get over. This reviewer’s recommendation: get over it now. Blackstone Bistro is quite large, occupying two floors of the building immediately behind the Sofitel Maadi. Awash in soothing beiges and browns, it becomes immediately clear that the interior design took up quite a sizeable chunk of the start-up budget. Wooden chairs and tables are immaculately and simply set with light beige napkins and spotless cutlery, while the walls are adorned with Egyptian photographs, alternated with iconic images of Americana. After placing our drinks order, we were given a few minutes to peruse the extensive menu. This is one area that does not inspire confidence – at fifteen pages long; one can’t help but feel a little lost. Items that catch the eye include the grilled rib eye, Seared Ahi tuna steak with Wasabi oil and the Jamaican jerk burger. We opted for the classic burger, grilled rib eye and a starter of French onion soup. Dessert orders were also placed: maple rice pudding, warm apple crumble and crème brûlée. The first inkling that there was substance to all the style was the complimentary bread basket. This bread was astounding – La Gourmandise good – and freshly baked on the premises by the executive chef himself every morning. Not ten minutes later, the French onion soup (19LE) arrived, and it was the best that we’ve had in recent memory. Peppery sweet, deep dark and rich; it hit all the right notes. Granted, the cheese used was a mozzarella and not the classic Gruyere; but it was still deeply satisfying. Perfectly timed, the burger (45LE) and rib eye (both ordered medium) arrived. The burger comes with a side of Blackstone fries, which is a combination of deep-fried potato, sweet potato and beet frites. The resulting grades of colour are both appetising, as is the palette of flavours. However, the burger was not as special as the fries, but there is no denying that it is arguably one of the better burgers available in Cairo. The US beef rib eye steak (115LE) delivered robust beefy flavour, accompanied by the wonderfully crunchy and floury potato wedges. All in all, the dish was a bit too rich, and definitely could use a side of a sharp tangy sauce to cut through it all. Barely enough room was left to enjoy the dessert selections; since the portions are American-sized. The house-recommended maple rice pudding (26LE) escaped mediocrity solely through the addition of caramelised walnuts, which were a delight to eat and reminiscent of caramel popcorn. The apple crumble had good intentions, but barely elevated itself above coffee-shop fare. The revelation was in the crème brûlée (35LE), a decidedly un-American and not your typical homemade dessert, yet it possessed such creaminess and lucidity of flavour; even a full belly could not stop us from devouring it. A three-course meal for one person will reach around 208LE. At the time of this review, the restaurant was half-full with boisterous groups of diners, all drinking and eating merrily. And though food snobs may claim the restaurant’s atmosphere is soulless; we think it’s the atmosphere of a great neighbourhood restaurant.


Steaks: Fetar at the Four Seasons Nile Plaza
Published On: 01/09/2010

Ramadan is especially taxing for a food critic at Cairo 360, when you’re starving, fasting and a little insane, thus ready to hurt your waiter with a spoon if your soup doesn’t arrive on time. The Ramadan buffet at the Four Seasons Nile Plaza is a truly tasteful and tasty experience, a refreshing oasis in the desert of poor restaurant fetars that we’ve reviewed over the past month. The Garden City hotel offers the same buffet meal for all restaurants on the same floor; it doesn’t matter whether you book a table in Aqua or Steaks, you end up with the same buffet artfully displayed in the corridor. Be sure to book in advance, though; as the buffet is quite popular. Tables in Steaks are adorned with quilted tablecloths in traditional Egyptian print and display several mezzas as well as a plate of dates to break your fast with. Mezzas include creamy tehina and baba ghanough, a beetroot purée, and a hummus dip that was so deliciously creamy; we would have been quite happy ending our meal on that high note. Among the many soft breads displayed, the olive-stuffed pâté stood out. It’s succulent, soft and baked to perfection, while the olive and cheese filling work beautifully with the tomato soup on offer. Yes, we dip our bread into our soup. Don’t judge us. A plethora of main course dishes are offered, including tender beef in mustard sauce, basmati rice, creamy chicken, steamed and buttered vegetables, grilled potatoes with shredded bacon, and fish in dill sauce. As a food reviewer, you feel like a failure for saying that everything was perfect; but having sampled every dish, we can truly go out on a limb and say that the main dishes were without fault. Steaming hot yet not overcooked, the meats were juicy, the carbs were well-cooked and the vegetables still tasted like vegetables; a rare feat for open buffets. A mixed grill platter in the centre of the room was surprisingly well grilled without being overcooked, while the pasta station makes an excellent yet simple cream and cheese sauce. Equally delicious is the salad corner, which included smoked salmon with capers, calamari salad, and a shrimp salad that was too spicy for our liking. However, the beef salad was irresistible and prompted not one, but two refills. Following a short rest and some mint tea, we attacked the dessert table, which included mango konafa, atayef with cream and berries, and om ali. As tasty as the konafa was, its base was too dry, which made cutting through the cream-filled centre quite messy. The atayef were the clear winners: baked- not fried- and stuffed with cream that contrasted nicely with the sharpness of the berry, they were easy to eat and easy to keep eating. Perhaps the only disadvantage to this dining experience was the price tag, which was staggeringly high compared to other hotel buffets. Although the buffet is priced at around 290LE per person, a bottle of water and two mint teas added up to a whopping 800LE for two people. While it was well worth the high-quality cuisine and attentive waiters, we wish we had eaten more of the food to really warrant such a high price.


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Cairo Weekend Guide: WANAS Folk Music Festival, Indonesian Culture Week and More!

Hello Cairo! This weekend we have a serious variety of events for you to feast on; everything from exhibitions and cultural events to eating contests and techno parties. On Thursday, The Riff Band, led by Ahmed Harfoush and Noha Fekry, kick off the weekend at Cairo Jazz Club, while the Four Seasons