Alex Top: Cheap, Quick Koshary in Zamalek
Cheap food options, especially
koshary, are slim pickings when it comes to the Cairo neighbourhood of Zamalek. It’s a staple in many Egyptians’ lives, and most people crave a tub of fresh, hot koshary
every now and then. This Egyptian fast-food outlet not only serves koshary; but
other options as well.
Although it’s just a hole in
the wall on Taha Hussein Street
just before Yamama
Munch & Bagel, Alex Top seems to keep Zamalek patrons satisfied. Many opt for takeaway or delivery, but dining
is available inside as well. Reminding us of a bingo hall, chairs are lined
along card tables; providing more of a communal dining experience.
Our favourite part of dining
on site is the little pitchers that they provide, filled with oil and spices. If you prefer ordering takeaway or delivery, you will receive those pesky
little plastic bags oozing with sauces. When it comes to koshary, Alex Top
likes to get creative. Sizes start with the Super Exclusive and go up to include the Fuel and Special. If you’re feeling extra hungry, the Alex
Top Family is huge and costs around 9LE.
For 4LE, the Super Exclusive portion
always does the trick. While it could have done with more chickpeas and deliciously
fried onions, finishing the entire bowl has always been feasible. When
comparing to other koshary places around, their koshary tends to have a more
even flavour. The oil’s garlic is in abundance while the spicy sauce is never
too hot, providing great texture to the dish. Alex Top doesn’t stop there; for
10LE and up, other dishes are offered, including a variety of tagine dishes featuring
chicken and beef.
When you’re in Zamalek and in need of a cheap, quick meal, Alex Top is your best bet. The customer service is efficient and quick;
both on site and in its delivery. As for delivery experience, the koshary is still
warm by the time it reaches us, and considering the delivery charge is only 2LE – it’s a safe bet.