Ahwak Salon de Thé: Elegant New Hangout in Zamalek
10 Zakareya Rizk Street
Anne De Gcairorevamp_user
once in a blue moon you step into a restaurant, where everything about it
immediately feels right. The staff is friendly, the decor is perfect and the
ambiance is delightful. Ahwak Salon de Thé is located just across the back
entrance of the Cairo Marriot Hotel in Zamalek. As soon as you step through the
entrance on the right side of the building, you will feel like you’re walking
into a Parisian garden.
terrace is filled with plants, and the chandeliers hanging from the glass ceiling give the
place its well-deserved allure. There are some small tables where you can have
a cup of coffee or tea, and the small steps on the left side lead into the
indoor restaurant. Little clutches hang on the walls underneath paintings, while
an elaborately designed mirrored wall imposes on the area. Other touches include a cute hat
stand with tarbouches, a Dutch corner with windmills and clogs, and giant
Chinese vases. The restaurant has two
levels with a large painting of King Farouk hanging between the two floors.
small menu, we decided to try the shrimp salad (45LE), the steak with red grape
sauce (70LE) and the dish of the day, roz ma’ammar with chicken (50LE). The
shrimp salad was presented in a bread basket with peppers, mushrooms and
lettuce. It was topped with a creamy yet very light dressing. The shrimp were
delicious and generous. We also loved the accompanying black and green tapenade,
though some more bread would have been welcome.
steak was cooked a bit more well-done than we liked, but it was nonetheless tasty
and easy to slice through. It had exactly the right amount of red grape sauce,
which was sweet with a little hint of sour. The roz ma’ammar, made with rice,
eggs and cheese, was absolutely delicious. The dish came piping hot and was
creamy. The roumi cheese gave the dish just that little bit of spice that it
needed. The chicken was cooked well and we loved rediscovering the Egyptian
why for dessert we ordered the fiteer with black honey and tehina (25LE). The fiteer
was delicious and not very greasy. The honey was half-warm and served in a
generous portion. We also had the homemade pumpkin pie topped with meringue
(19LE). The combination of the two was just right; sweet with a savoury undertone.
our dinner with Arabic coffee (35LE), which was presented in the cutest little
cups and had a strong hint of cardamom. We ordered the kashmash shisha (fruit
mix) and the berries and mint shisha, both for 20LE. The shishas were good and
strong in flavour, and the shisha man regularly changes the coals. The staff is
incredibly friendly and swift. At the time of our visit, the restaurant played
classic songs ranging from ‘La Vie en Rose’ to ‘House of the Rising Sun’ and classic
brings a new flavour to the Cairo dining scene and is definitely worth a visit
with its complete package of grand decor, terrific service and good food.