Situated in a quiet side road off Cairo’s bustling Lebanon Street, Barocco Lounge is hard to ignore. The café and restaurant beckons you in with its floor to ceiling windows, showing off a chic and modern interior. As soon as we walked in we were greeted by friendly waiters and given the choice of outdoors or indoors seating areas. We chose the non-smoking, indoors area for its large and inviting sofas.
After a hard days shopping in Lebanon Street we felt this would be a great place to rejuvenate and readily ordered our drinks; one deliciously creamy cappuccino (15.95LE), a green tea with fresh mint (11.95LE) and strawberry juice (17.95LE). The strawberry juice was slightly bitter for our taste buds but following our complaint, it was re-blended perfectly with no fuss.
A complimentary basket of garlic and fried bread was brought to the table with a selection of salsas and an extra spicy chilli sauce, which was a welcomed relief to our rumbling stomachs. We proceeded to read through their extensive menu and couldn’t exactly figure out what kind of cuisine this venue offered, as they serve pretty much everything.
After much deliberation, we decided on fried mozzarella sticks (25.95LE), French onion soup (15.95LE) and chicken strips (25.95LE) for starters. Our fried mozzarella sticks were juicy and perfect for sharing, as were the chicken strips. The onion soup was small but exquisite, tempting us into our mains.
For the second course of our meal we ordered the beef tagliata (65.95LE), tomato and mozzarella salad (25.95LE) and a country chicken and cheese sandwich (27.95LE). Accompanied by mash and rice, the beef was tender, juicy and served ‘medium-well’ as requested, but unfortunately was a bit on the salty side.
The country chicken and cheese sandwich was served with paprika sprinkled chips – just how we like them! The generous sized sandwich went down a treat too. It was filled with fresh salad bits and large breaded chicken breasts, fried perfectly until golden brown. We were a bit down heartened by the tomato and mozzarella salad; although it was wonderfully presented, the mozzarella had been grilled, leaving the tomatoes underneath warm and tasteless.
Saving the best till last, we had brownies and our choice of ice cream (23.95LE) to share. The brownie was warm and sweet, complimented with a scoop of excellent caramel ice cream, creating the most heavenly dessert.
For just over 300LE we had a superb lunch for three in a comfortable and fashionable atmosphere and would recommend this place to anyone looking for a good meal – especially those with a sweet tooth.