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Midnight Special: You Probably Won't See a More Emotional & Understated Sci-Fi This Year
Published On: 29/05/2016

Known for his unique voice and understated approach to telling a story, writer-director, Jeff Nichols – see Take Shelter, Mud – returns with yet another distinctive and beautifully crafted tale of parenthood and faith in the undeniably special, Midnight Special. The film tells the story of Roy (the always present and the always game Mr. Michael Shannon) who - together with his childhood friend Lucas (Edgerton) - has kidnapped his biological son, Alton (Lieberher), from a creepy cult run by Alton's 'adoptive' father Calvin Meyer (Shepherd). Where they are going is seemingly unclear but, what we do learn is that Alton – who spends most of the time wearing blue swimming goggles – is no ordinary child and that he possesses certain supernatural abilities that has not only drawn the attention of Meyer's cult – who believe that Alton is their saviour – but that of the government as well. Out on the run from seemingly everyone, Roy – who soon reaches out to Alton's mother Sarah (Dunst) for the much-needed support - is willing and ready to do just about anything to keep his boy from harm which, naturally, only ends up putting them all against a number of obstacles and a great deal of danger along the way. To truly and fully experience Nichols' latest film, is to try and go in knowing as little as possible about the plot; the less you know, the bigger the impact. Staying one step ahead of the audience, the mysteries surrounding the story are gradually revealed, with Nichols making sure that all of his secrets and relevant story threads are exposed in their own time, ultimately providing the film with a quietly intensifying and slow-burning energy which is hard to shake off. Gorgeously photographed, the mood and the atmosphere – which are supported by David Wingo's hauntingly beautiful John Carpenter-esque musical score – is almost palpable, while the story's 80's retro setting – reminiscent of movies like E.T and Deep Impact – is beautifully captured and made relevant to the audiences of today. On the downside, however, some of the story threads could have done with a bit more exploration and had they had a bit more onscreen involvement, they could have carried a slightly deeper effect. Marking his fourth collaboration with the talented director, Michael Shannon – quite possibly one of the most compelling actors working today – gives yet another all-in performance of a troubled father. Meanwhile, Lieberher shows great versatility for such a young actor, whilst Edgerton and Dunst are both complex and rooted in their respective performances. Captivating and emotional, Nichols' Midnight Special is an easy recommendation; a thoughtfully executed and a powerfully told sci-fi tale which uses on its wonderfully created visuals and unspoken words to convey its story.

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Money Monster: Stale & One-Dimensional Look at the Corruption of Wall Street
Published On: 26/05/2016

There's a certain draw to the idea of watching George Clooney and his real-life gal-pal Julia Roberts together on-screen. The duo's fourth movie together, after Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, comes in the form of director Jodie Foster's fourth-feature-film, Money Monster; an intriguing but seemingly cheesy and off-balance financial thriller which, despite its brief moments of genuine tension and topical subject, feels empty and somewhat even outdated in its storytelling. The film tells of Lee Gates (Clooney); a flamboyant TV host of a financial show called 'Money Monster' where he provides advice to his viewers on how, where and when to invest their money. Gates has earned quite a bit of success in doing what he does, though his long-time producer, Patty Fenn (Roberts), is deserving of most of the credit. Things take a turn, however, when IBIS Global Capital's stock takes a tumbling dive and results in an $800 million loss for its investors - a day after Gates advises viewers to invest. The studio is then taken hostage during a live broadcast by one seemingly irate and explosives-strapped investor, Kyle Budwell (O'Connell), who has lost his entire life savings and blames Gates. One of the most disappointing things about Money Monster is how predictable it all feels with its socio-political commentary. Attempting to depict the ugly face of Wall Street, the subject is a topical one, yes, but has been covered much more affectively with recent films such as The Big Short and 99 Homes. Adding very little understanding or insight into its subject, Foster keeps things relatively tight in the first half, only to lose focus and complete control in the second when the plot swerves off-course into moments of complete implausibility, as the Julia Roberts' Patty figures that the only way to diffuse the hostage situation is to go digging into IBIS, to provide an explanation to the hostage taker. However, Clooney and Roberts share an easy chemistry and seem very much at home with their respective roles, with the former offering just enough charisma as the media pinhead with a heart of gold and Roberts keeping things grounded as his steadfast producer and friend. O'Connell, dubious New York accent aside, is equally convincing, however, the solid performances make little difference. Money Monster is just too contrived, uninvolving and one-dimensional.

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The Food Republic: Poor Execution Lets Down Eclectic Menu at Cairo Festival City Restaurant
Published On: 25/05/2016

Forming an international cuisine menu can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, restaurants have more freedom to showcase their creativity and variety, but on the other hand, even when the restaurant aspires to offer variety, the real devil becomes in the consistency of execution. The Food Republic (TFR), a corner restaurant located in Cairo Festival City's restaurant area, unfortunately falls into that category. Comprised of outdoor and indoor dining areas, TFR boasts a blend of modern classic style with wooden chairs, beige buttoned sofas, photos of diners hung on wooden walls and simple light bulbs dangling from the ceiling with ropes. The indoor area has glass windows which gives a panoramic view of the mall. We started our meal with the TFR Arancini (35 LE) as an appetiser, followed by the interestingly named The Caveman Burger (85 LE), as well as Grilled Chicken with Rosemary Sauce (72 LE) and Chicken Cordon Bleu (75 LE). Arriving twenty minutes later, the TFR Arancini were three deep fried rice croquettes mixed with mozzarella, parmesan cheese and mushrooms, accompanied with a small bowl of sweet chili sauce. Crunchy on the outside, mushy and soft on the inside with rice as its main component and mixture of cheese, the arancini had a delightful taste complimented by the sweet chilli sauce, but there was no mushroom flavour. Coming in a glass cutting board with a side of potato wedges, the Caveman Burger is one of the biggest burgers we've seen in a long time and completely stole the show with its enticing double-patty and overall presentation. Infused with chilli tomato jam, romesco sauce – nut and pepper-based sauce – along with onions, pickles, mozzarella, emmental cheese and sweet chilli sauce, it seemed that all the ingredients of the burger were wrestling for supremacy. While the burger itself had a pleasant homemade taste, the tomato-based ingredients gave an overall tangy and sour taste which overpowered all other flavours. The wedges, on the other hand, were a little too salty, but had a great overall taste with the paprika seasoning, a great crunchy exterior and a lovely softer interior. Served in wooden trays, with sautéed vegetables and white rice, the grilled chicken was bland it taste and was barely improved with the rosemary sauce it came with. The sautéed vegetables side needed some more seasoning and flavour, while the white rice had red kidney beans which didn't work with the rest of the dish. Arriving as a huge cylindrical-shaped pill cut in half, the Chicken Cordon Bleu had a brown breaded crust and was stuffed with crispy beef bacon. The chicken had a well-seasoned overall taste, with a welcome hint of garlic and, while the bacon gave an extra punch, the brown crust didn't hold itself and started crumbling as soon as we sliced into it. The dish came with crunchy potatoes wedges covered with cheese – as requested- and some mashed potatoes which were lumpy and had an unusual egg flavour. We wrapped things up with Chocolate Bomb (49LE); one of the Food Republic's signature dessert. A big chocolate ball containing a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, a small cube of brownie, surrounded by kiwi and drizzled with melting hot chocolate sauce, the dessert was more of a show than it was a dessert. Though the chocolate itself had a sweet taste which was complimented by the kiwis' sourness, the ice cream quickly melted from the hot chocolate sauce and the brownie was hard to cut into. Our experience at the Food Republic was rather underwhelming. On the one hand, some of the items like the arancini balls and the burger showed potential, but on the other hand, most of the items were not properly executed and the staff were distracted by the Al Ahly and AS Roma's football match – which we forgive them for, this time only. 

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The Smith: British Pop Culture Comes to Cairo at Quirky Heliopolis Cafe & Restaurant
Published On: 24/05/2016

It can be argued that Cairo, or some of it, is a thriving city for all that is new – none more so than with the restaurant scene, which not continues to in satisfy many international cuisine cravings, but along the way, also continues to impress, with interesting concepts. One such venue is the Smith; a restaurant and cafe which boasts a quirky British pop culture mood. Located near Cortigiano in Heliopolis, the Smith demands attention with its large lighted outdoor sign. As a venue, it's comprised of a small outdoor and a invitingly kitsch British-themed indoor area, which involves Union Jack-upholstered sofas, brown leather chairs and an overall vintage, retro atmosphere, with posters of old British films and even half a wall-hung Mini Cooper adding to the aesthetic. The space also boasts a bar, but one that serves only virgin cocktails At first, we expected some staples of British cuisine, only to find that the Smith's menu features typical international dishes that you'll find in many restaurants, like grilled chicken platters, salads, sandwiches and pastas. Perhaps the only British element in the menu is the dishes' names, with items like Manchester Fillet (115LE) and London Veal (89LE). Dipping into the starters, we went for Mozzarella sticks (31LE), and, for our mains, we picked the Liverpool Chicken (70LE), as well as the Bacon Cheeseburger (60LE). With little to no crispy texture, the mozzarella sticks were actually round in shape and served with fry sauce (essentially ketchup and mayo) – not honey-mustard as promised in the menu. The mozzarella was deliciously molten, nonetheless and served to quieten down our stomach-rumblings. Moving onto the main dishes, despite a soft and juicy centre, the Bacon Cheeseburger was essentially burnt from the outside, giving what was an otherwise solid combination of beef bacon and melted cheese in a soft bun, an unpleasant burnt taste. The Liverpool Chicken proved to be better, but still short of perfect. Comprised of five medium-sized pieces of deep-fried and well-seasoned chicken breasts, the dish is served in freshly made and thick Provencal sauce - a combination of tomato sauce, garlic and onions - and sprinkled with mozzarella cheese. Even though the sauce gave the dish that extra kick in flavour, it also made parts of the chicken's crispy exterior quite clammy. The dish was served with deliciously spiced fries and fluffy, perfectly-cooked rice. Shortly after, we decided to satisfy our sweet tooth with a dessert from Britain's neighbours from across the English Channel, France: Crème Brulee (22LE). Though classic dessert's custard was smooth and creamy, the golden-coloured sugar layer atop it was neither as crispy nor as caramelised as it should have been, taking away the key element of the dessert. We ended the meal with a cold and perfectly summer-friendly Caramel Frappuccino (29LE) which had a bold yet refreshing coffee flavour, and a kiwi-mango flavoured shisha (35LE) which perfectly mingled the separate flavours together and was promptly tended to. The Smith's spectacular interior and overall mood definitely stands out as one of the most unique in Cairo; but it was one that raised our expectations for the quality of dishes it serves and, unfortunately, these expectations weren't met. As a cafe and restaurant, the Smith's menu is a little generic and, at the time of our visit, execution was well below par. Overall, a better place to hangout than to eat and drink.

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The Wild Life: Robinson Crusoe Retold in Amiable Animation
Published On: 24/05/2016

The story of legendary fictional traveller and shipwreck survivor Robinson Crusoe, has received colourful 3D animated treatment in The Wild Life; a cheery, if not a little bland, story of an unlikely friendship told with a decent amount of energy. The film follows the basic plot of Daniel Defoe's 1719 novel, The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, but tells the story from the view of the animals. The story is mostly narrated by a bright red and exceptionally chatty parrot named Mak (voiced by Howard), who dreams of one day leaving the seemingly magical and tropical paradise island in order to see what else is out there. His fellow islanders – an exotic mix of species including a goat named Scrubby (Camen), a curvy blueberry tapir named Rosie (Berzins) and super slick chameleon called Carmello (Metzger) – however, are not so worried about venturing beyond the edges of the island, content with their peaceful existence and their abundant supply of food. Things soon take a surprising turn, when Crusoe's ship smashes onto their shores and while all of the other animals are cautious in their approach to the seemingly clumsy and lanky ginger-haired man – and spend most of their time observing him and his loyal dog companion from a safe distance - Mak is a little more forthcoming and sees Crusoe as his ticket out of there. Realising that they are his only way of survival, Crusoe befriends his new animal buddies while the arrival of two savage cats poses a threat to them all. Framing the story so that it is told entirely from the perspective of the animals, rather than through the eyes of Crusoe, definitely provides an interesting twist onto this old tale which is undoubtedly mostly unknown to the movie's young target audience. The animation – although nowhere near as sophisticated as Disney or Pixar - is easy on the eye and co-directors Vincent Kesteloot and Ben Stassen – who previously worked together on A Turtle's Tale : Sammy's Escape From Paradise – infuse the story with plenty of colour and engrossing 3D imagery. The difficulties, however, come with the excess amount of characters present in the storyline and their various accents – ranging from Scottish to Australian – which can get a little distracting at times, while the actual dialogue spoken could have done with a bit more imagination and oomph. Nevertheless, The Wild Life is still a relatively entertaining animated adventure of a famous adventurer which the youngsters will happily eat up. 

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I Am Wrath: Travolta Toils in Messy B-Movie Action
Published On: 23/05/2016

As far as B-movies go, there's the good kind of bad, there's actual bad and then there is just downright awful. Chuck Russell's latest dip into the B-grade action pool, the exceptionally dreadful and contrived I Am Wraith, has unfortunately fallen somewhere right in the middle proving once again that John Travolta's faltering career is still very much on the decline. Written by Paul Solan, the story is set in Columbus, Ohio and it is centred on Stanley Hill (Travolta); a former special ops agent who has decided to leave the dangers of his job behind and now works in the car industry. His wife, Vivian (De Mornay), is an EPA analyst and, as the movie opens, we watch her excitedly welcoming her husband home from a long trip away. However, their reunion is short lived when, seemingly out of nowhere, a group of thugs kill Vivian and wound Stanley before he escapes. Devestated by the loss of his wife, Stanley is left with no choice but to return to his old line of work as a trained CIA assassin, quickly reuniting with old partner Dennis (Law & Order's very own Meloni) who is excited to help his buddy chase down the killers. With his daughter Abbie (Schull) very much in the dark about her father's intentions, Stanley's plan of revenge soon gets complicated when he realises that there are people up at the top – including Governor Meserve (Esprit) and local kingpin, Lemi K (Sloan) – connected to the murder. Juggling one too many ideas at once, director Chuck Russell doesn't seem to have a clear idea about what he wants his movie to be; is it a bloody revenge thriller? Is it an actioner with a political conspiracy undertone? Or is it a buddy-cop movie? It's very unclear and the story serves up a stream of tough-guy-fighting-bad-guys clichés. Switching the focus and overall tone numerous times during the course of the movie, the action sequences are decent, though the overuse of slow-mo shots proves a little tiresome at times, while the plot's pacing and emotional is all over the place. Sporting a ridiculous wig, Travolta switches on his macho mode and, for the most part, we believe him. However, the novelty of watching the sixty-plus year old actor fighting his way through the bad guys – all the while indulging in atrocious dialogue with the slightly more affective Meloni – wears out pretty darn soon. Generic, clichéd and exceptionally tiring, I Am Wrath fits in well within the 'geriaction' genre of movies that Taken kicked off, but without any of the conviction of the Liam Neeson-starring adventure.

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Salt: Dry-Aged Beef Burgers at Heliopolis Fast-Food Restaurant
Published On: 22/05/2016

Just when you would think there's no more possible room for another restaurant to open in Cairo, a new venue opens, promising a feast for eyes and tummies. One such venue is Salt; a burger and fast food joint which recently opened in El Merghany Street in Heliopolis. As a small burger joint with only two high tables and four seats next to the cashier, Salt boasts an ambiance similar to classic American diners, with its checkerboard flooring, the red, black, and white colour scheme, a 50s music playlist and checkerboard food wraps and liners. With plenty of fast food outlets already existing in the area – Manoushe Street and Wok and Walk to name a few – Salt offers a simple concept for classic old school burgers, which highlights the burger's flavours without overdoing the toppings while keeping it simple with just tomatoes, cheese, lettuce and onions. Perhaps what stands out the most about Salt as a burger place is its use dry-aged beef, where the beef is left to dry for weeks to intensify its flavours. The menu is quite simple with just three side dishes – Chicken Tenders (20LE), Buffalo Wings (20LE), and Fries (8LE) - three beef burgers –Classic (25LE), Cheese (30LE), and Triple (35LE) - and three chicken sandwiches – Classic (25LE), BBQ (30LE), and Buffalo (30LE). We kicked things off with chicken tenders and buffalo wings as appetisers. Served with honey mustard, the chicken tenders had a thick crunchy crust –maybe a little too thick for the thin chicken- but overall pretty tasty. The buffalo wings, on the other hand, were tender and perfectly cooked, but they were too buttery which in a way overshadowed that tangy hot sauce flavour we love tasting in wings and serving honey mustard with chicken wings left us confused - it was just unnecessary. Eager to try out Salt's dry-aged beef, we opted for the Triple Burger; sloppy presentation aside, it was perfectly seasoned and bursting with flavours. The tomatoes, lettuce and onions were so fresh and the potato roll-possibly the star of the meal- was as light as pillow, with the special sauce almost identical to McDonald's sweet and tangy Big Mac sauce; overall, it would have been a flawless sandwich, except we didn't feel the presence of cheese. . The next thing we tried was the buffalo chicken sandwich. Smothered in buffalo sauce which had a tangy flavour, the sandwich was quite tasty with the chicken still having a discernible crunch to. The only downside to this sandwich was that it was missing some blue cheese sauce and that the bun didn't match the size of the chicken. We finished our meal with a Brownie Pizookie (25LE) - essentially a cookie shaped like a pizza. Serving four flavours of Pizookie including Brownie, Nutella, and Reese, only the brownie pizookie was available at the time of our visit. Topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce, unfortunately the pizookie tasted more like a store bought cake mix rather than a cookie. Overall, we really enjoyed our experience at Salt. All the ingredients are fresh and the quality is quite impressive, not to mention, the dry-aged burgers are incredibly tasty and show a lot of potential of becoming one of the best in the city.

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Our Kind of Traitor: Thriller Falls Short Despite Accomplished Cast & Solid Premise
Published On: 22/05/2016

Embodying pretty much everything a bona fide espionage thriller should, Our Kind of Traitor - adapted from John Le Carre's novel of the same name - is a solid entry into the author's long-list of book-to-screen adaptations which include hits such as, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Constant Gardener and A Most Wanted Man. However, while it rides on an interesting premise of money, corruption and lies, there is a sense of implausibility that detracts from an otherwise thought-provoking and visually enticing basis. The story opens in Marrakesh, Morocco where poetry professor, Perry Makepeace (McGregor,) and his semi-estranged lawyer wife, Gail (Harris), have travelled to in an attempt to rekindle their relationship after Perry's recent indiscretion with one of his students. One evening at a bar, Perry meets an over-the-top Russian businessman named Dima (Skarsgard) who, after inviting the couple to lavish party, openly admits to having laundered money for the Russian mob. He asks Perry for help in delivering an USB stick containing all of the vital information that the British intelligence will need to capture his boss who goes by the name of Prince (Dobrygin) in exchange for a safe passage into asylum for him and his family. Reaching out to an MI6 agent, Hector (Lewis), Perry delivers on his promise, only to find himself and Gail dragged into a dangerous game of cat and mouse which soon sends the naïve couple on an espionage escapade around the world. Adapted to the screen by Iranian writer Hossein Amini - see Drive, 47 Ronin - Our Kind of Traitor is told entirely through the eyes of someone who is not a skilled professional but an everyday man who knows very little about the dangerous world he finds himself in, ultimately, making it easier for the viewers to identify with the leads. Filling the story with a great deal of suspense, tension and overall atmosphere, director Susanna White shows a level of confidence behind the lens, packing the screen with an unusual touch of class - very little espionage movie clichés make their way into the story - whilst the action sequences are pleasantly engaging. The movie's slight drawback, however, comes in the form of a series of far-fetched situations that the characters find themselves facing and a lack of chemistry between McGregor and Harris, offering very little conviction in their personal connection and overall predicament. The committed performance from Skarsgard - as the tattooed Russian mobster who will do anything to keep his family from harm - however, is what manages to save the film from completely failing, with the talented actor exuding a boisterous presence and charisma that is hard to deny.

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X-Men Apocalypse: Mutant’s Closing Chapter Offers Great Visuals But Fails to Raise Stakes
Published On: 19/05/2016

The fourth and supposedly last film in Bryan Singer's X-Men reboot trilogy has a decent mix of action and visual splendor enough to keep the fans happy; only the movie is not short of stretched out running time and lack of emotional gravity. Set in the early eighties – almost a decade after the events in Washington D.C exposed mutants to the world at large - the story begins with Professor Charles Xavier (McAvoy) seemingly happy teaching at his school for the gifted where we get to meet several new faces, including Scott Summers' Cyclops (Sheridan) and Jean Grey (Turner). Meanwhile, Magneto is keeping a low-profile somewhere out in Poland whilst Mystique (Lawrence) is busy travelling around the world looking to free enslaved mutants, coming across a special young man known as Nightcrawler (Smit-McPhee). When the remains of En Sabah Nur – a.k.a. Apocalypse - (Isaac) are discovered in the deepest trenches of Egypt, the powerful mutant is soon awakened and he is not happy. With plans to rule the world, he recruits The Four Horseman including, Psylocke (Munn), Storm (Shipp), Archangel (Hardy) and Magneto himself and it doesn't take long before he begins his reign of terror upon the world, forcing the students – led by Mystique and Beast (Hoult) – to come together and learn to control their powers in order to fight the new evil. While it does reach a certain level of superiority above its previous installments in terms of visual grandness and action set-pieces, X-Men: Apocalypse has failed to raise the stakes in its supposedly closing chapter– sure there is more death and devastation on display but the consequences are free from any emotional impact - with Singer struggling to find sentiment and meaning in his a little too serious world of mutants. On the other hand, however, the movie delivers on the action front with a couple of sequences - including Quicksilver's (Peters) dazzling showdown inside of a burning building and Magneto's takedown of Auschwitz – while Apocalypse's very own mythological beginning earns the movie points for creativity. Performance wise, X-Men's younger cast doesn't exactly ooze confidence in their very first X-Men outing, however, they are all still very likable and watching them learn to embrace their powers is entertaining. Meanwhile, the turbulent relationship between Xavier and Magneto – both McAvoy and Fassbender reliable in their roles– takes a seat back with the duo sharing very little screen time this time around. As for the major villain of the story, well, he is not as threating as the movie might want him to be and despite Isaac's best intentions, he doesn't really manage to resonate as anything but a one-note villain. X-Men: Apocalypse may not be one of the series' finest entries to date. Big, colorful and not as loud as it should have been, the movie offers more of the same; which, depends on how you look at it, is not exactly a bad thing.

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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 Nile Ritz-Carlton's Summer Wedding Offer: Your Dream Wedding Made Easy

When it comes to weddings, Egyptians, in no uncertain terms, like to go all out. Come to think of it, we're a nation that loves to mark any occasion in the most theatrical and sensational of ways. But with wedding season seeping into Cairo right now, the holy union of marriage – and all of its tri