Sage: Promising Interior, Blasé Coffee in Dokki
48 Giza Street
next door to On the Run on Tahrir Street in Dokki is a little
café that we’ve always wondered about but forgotten soon thereafter. We decided
to finally check it out and see what this Cairo café is all about.
a tiny place with modern decor and seating, and a simple counter with a shiny
espresso machine in the background. Though it was empty at the time of this reviewer’s visit,
it definitely seems like the type of café to stop by for a quick coffee to go.
the menu states that soups, salads and a mix of cold and hot sandwiches are
available, all that was on the shelf were a few prepared box salads and
desserts. Salads run from 6LE to 10LE for a chef salad; a steal compared to
other coffee shops in the Dokki neighbourhood.
as how we like our foam, we decided to give Sage’s cappuccino (9LE) a shot. We
were disappointed that skimmed milk wasn’t available at the time of our visit.
the cappuccino came served in a small takeaway cup with a small amount of foam
on top. Though the foam was indeed present, the coffee lacked depth.
the other hand, the fresh mango juice (6LE) was nicely chilled and full of
pulp, though heavy on the sugar. Other available juices include strawberry and
orange; nothing exotic or out of the ordinary.
for 6LE, a cup of chocolate and vanilla custard is lovingly prepared with a
great consistency and a surprisingly rich flavour.
interesting drink options include a sahlab mocha (12LE) and tea served with
the type of café that you would go to when in need of a cheap cup of coffee and
you aren’t particularly concerned with the coffee’s quality.