The Kiosk: Outstanding Burgers in Heliopolis
42 Abdel Moneim Hafez street, Almaza
Hidden in Heliopolis’ Almaza area right near Tivoli Dome and across Schatz restaurant, the Kiosk is one of the latest burger restaurants to hit Cairo’s dining scene and somewhat of a hidden gem.
From the ceiling lamps, to the vintage newspaper wallpaper, the Kiosk has a quirky DIY aesthetic that even extends to the bathroom which is covered in a Justice League print that will turn the heads of comic fans.
As soon as we took our seats, we were greeted with a paper menu and a pencil; one-of-the Kiosk’s-fun-quirks to circle out our selections instead of ordering them.
There are no appetisers, so we went straight for the burgers, opting for the Monstrous (48LE) – a 200g classic beef patty topped with lettuce, tomatoes, crispy string onions, a slice of bacon, roasted potatoes, mushrooms and melted cheese, with a sunny side up egg that we had removed from our selection – as well as the Rapture (47LE) – a 200g patty stuffed with cheddar cheese and beef bacon bits and topped with iceberg lettuce, onions and a melted cheese sauce and a side of the Muchacho French fries (20LE).
Starting with the Monstrous, the patty was well-done – as we requested – but remained juicy enough, with the taste perfectly complemented by the melted cheese, the crunchy onions and all the flavours in the toppings. Perhaps the thing that stole the show for us was, surprisingly, the buns – they were fresh and just the right kind of soft.
The Rapture, on the other hand, came pouring with cheese from almost every side and when we took the first bite, we were immediately hooked with all the flavours, the juicy tenderness, the same amazing bread buns and the cheese which was, well, everywhere.
The muchacho fries were just the perfect addition to our burgers; topped with bacon bits, amazingly gooey melted cheese and a special sauce which was kind of tangy but gave the cheese a flavourful punch, nonetheless, it was definitely a great combination of tastes.
We ended the night with yet another heavenly dish; the Heaven Sponge (35LE) – caramelised French toast served in a pan topped with a large scoop of Vanilla ice-cream and drizzled with Pepsi and Caramel sauces. The French toast was crunchy on the outside, soft and spongy on the inside and after absorbing all the sauces, it had a punchy sweet taste. The ice-cream was a bit hard to break into at first, but as it melted, every spoon of this dessert was to die for; it was the perfect dish to end the night.
All and all, our experience at the Kiosk was fantastic. The evening was a great one with not just one, but two amazing burgers that will have us going back one or two times more.