Marsh Café: Juicy Ground
23A Ahmed Orabi Street
crowded summers in Cairo have us begging for a reprieve. A clean,
friendly place to take a break from it all – preferably with air-conditioning –
is all we ask. Ahmed Orabi Street in Mohandassin happens
to hold just such a such a place. Specializing in juice and shisha, this café offers the perfect summer
to be a running joke that Marsh Café was named for the small plot of saturated
land adjacent to the kitchen. Despite being a bit of an eye sore, it never
prevented the café from enjoying a steady patronage of regulars. Management must have realised that the café
would do well with a bit of a face-lift however, because our most recent visit
found us in a slightly unfamiliar setting.
Thankfully, the drinks and service were just as they have always been:
refurbished outdoor seating is shielded from the sun and the dust from Ahmed Orabi Street by
deep red cloth. The smell of sweet
shisha fills the senses, while smartly placed fans keep the air from going
smoky and stale. The inside seating area
is a bit of a trade-off: shisha is forbidden, but patrons do get to enjoy a robust
air-conditioning system and comfortably cushioned whicker furniture. The red motif is seen throughout the café,
accented by light beige walls for a rich yet bright interior.
food at Marsh Café is forgettable. The
menu is extensive and humorously translated into English, but sish tawouk and
shawerma sandwiches simply needn’t cost 20LE.
The coffee selection is wide, including everything from Turkish coffee
(8LE) to Nescafe (10LE) to lattes (12LE) and specialty coffees. The real reason for visiting Marsh Café however
is its extensive juice selection. For a
flat rate of 10LE, Marsh’s fresh juices plant the seeds of sweet summer
escapism in its diners. All of the
expected flavours are available, but for those getting tired of the usual mango
and strawberry nectar, apricot, plum, prickly pear, grape, and so many more fruits
are squeezed to perfection at Marsh.
Pair a juice with an equally sweet shisha (8LE) and slip away into a
sweet summer dream.
impressive as the juice is Marsh Café’s service. Not only was the staff timely in delivering our
order and check, but they were attentive and informed to boot. We were checked on several times during our
short stay and a waiter even took more than a few minutes to explain the many
creative juice concoctions on the menu.
Such service with a smile definitely left us wanting more Marsh.