In recent years the American smokehouse style has become increasingly popular, with ribs, brisket and pulled beef on the frontline. Of course, everyone has a different preference for spicy, sweet and savoury, but the best barbecue will appeal to a vast range of palates. With many restaurants incorporating bbq items into their menus, some are more specialised. So, it’s safe to say that award winning caterers like BBQ Bros are always welcome in our capital. After causing a massive fuss in the Northcoast and Gouna, they decided to open a store in Sheikh Zayed’s Galleria40.
The current rage is bonding with friends over new trendy flavours in food and alcohol, which is precisely what BBQ Bros went for. Their store is spacious, with various choices of outdoor and indoor seating. The vibe is what you’d expect from an American-style BBQ house with grills, wood, and trinkets. We headed there one late afternoon, when the weather was perfect and the ambience was calm. Our waiter told us there was alcohol available as we chose our starter – which was quite interesting to see that mix here in Egypt finally. So, we decided to get the Bang Bang shrimps (190 LE) – grilled shrimps with spicy mayo, alongside one Heineken beer (85 LE), and one glass of Omar Khayyam red wine (100 LE). The bang-bang shrimps are usually served fried, but our waiter was nice enough to make it grilled as per our request. The perfectly grilled spicy shrimps went impeccably with our drinks, and soon after, our mains came out.
We had ordered the B-connection Burger (265 LE) – 180gm smashed American beef patty, mixed cheese, onion rings, beef bacon, Cuban sauce, and barbecue sauce. The burger was textbook perfection; the beef was juicy and flavourful, and the sauces went flawlessly with the bacon and onion rings – there was no downside to this burger whatsoever.
We also got the Steak Fries (350 LE) – beef tenderloin with special sauce alongside fries or vegetables for our second main, but we got rice as an extra because we couldn’t choose it as a side. Once again, the beef was tender, juicy, and flavourful – the special sauce resembled Café de Paris sauce which is exquisitely delicious and creamy. Our vegetables came in a bit undercooked, but we didn’t mind, as the extra Indian rice (30 LE) and the fries were just faultless.
We wanted to try their desserts, but we were pretty full at that point. All in all, our experience was nothing short of lovely – from the fantastic, friendly staff to the excellent dishes. Their prices are also in the range of any American-style restaurant in Cairo – but adding alcoholic drinks definitely brings a nice authentic touch to this American Diner.