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Best Restaurants in Cairo: A Look Back at 2010

Best Restaurants in Cairo: A Look Back at 2010
    written by
    Cairo 360

    After nine months of eating and reviewing restaurants all
    over Cairo, Cairo 360 brings you a recap of our favourite
    dining spots in 2010.You may be surprised
    by our choices; but we’ve based our decision not only on our reviewer’s
    ratings, but also on the feedback that we’ve received from our readers about
    these venues. Ultimately, we are a user-friendly website, and your opinion
    matters to us; so if you disagree with our nominations, email us, poke us on
    Facebook or tweet your opinion, and your voice will definitely be heard!

    1. Best Comfort Food: Casper & Gambini’s

    Ordered in or served at any of its branches, Casper
    & Gambini’s has regularly catered to our cravings, be they fat, juicy
    burgers, healthy salads or gorgeous mini desserts. Its fun and reasonably priced lunch boxes
    also make this Lebanese chain a favourite delivery option. Try This: good melt burger, Chèvre raspberry salad, wild mushroom
    soup, halloumi and vegetables, sticky toffee pudding and their ice teas. How Much? Around 100LE for two courses
    and a drink.           

    Honourable Mentions: Lucile’s, La
    , Crave, Blackstone Bistro

    2. Best Vegetarian
    : Foul Mahrous

    If you’ve lived long enough in Cairo, you may have crossed
    paths with this street stall around the corner from the Canadian Embassy in
    Garden City, which our reviewer describes as serving: ‘the meanest, most
    delicious plate of foul’ in town. With a few plastic tables and chairs lined up
    next to a barb-wired wall, this foul kiosk’s shabby atmosphere is overshadowed
    by its fresh, creamy plate of delicious foul. Try This: Alexandrian-style foul. How Much?
    6LE for a plate, 15LE with salads and fresh chips.                                                                            

    Honourable Mentions: Kazaz, Abo
    , L’Aubergine, Taboula

    3. Chicest Dining
    Spot: Maison Blanche

    You may have to pay an arm and a leg to eat here, but Maison
    Blanche delivers your money’s worth of a highly sophisticated atmosphere,
    superb French cuisine and impeccable service. It’s the kind of restaurant you
    want to put on your best pearls and suits for. Try This: smoked salmon soup, Australian rack of lamb and La Maison
    Blanche lingot-au-chocolat. How Much? 400LE for three courses.                                                                                              

    Honourable Mentions: Floor Ten, Napa Grill, Oak Grill, Aperitivo

    4. Best Steak: Steak

    While Charwood’s has reigned
    supreme for years as the ultimate steak restaurant, Steak Out in Mohandiseen ‘makes
    you want to set up tent and live there,’ according to our reviewer. The service
    is courteous, the menu is huge and the steaks are grilled to tender perfection.
    Try This: fillet with creamy
    mushroom sauce, grilled steak with shrimp, caramel cheesecake and Oreo
    cookie shake.    How Much? Around 150LE
    for steak, an appetiser and drinks.                

    Honourable Mentions: Charwood’s,
    Steaks, Fuego, Pub 28.

    5.Best Sushi: Okashi

    Though many sushi lovers in Cairo
    pledge their allegiance to Mori Sushi, our highest score went to Okashi at the
    Grand Hyatt Cairo for its simple, fresh menu of sushi, which in itself is often
    a rarity in Cairo. Blessed with a Nile view and an exquisite list of teas and delicious
    mocktails, Okashi offers quality sushi with minimalist ingredients, allowing the real flavour to come through. Try This: miso shiru soup, the unagi nigiri, Suzuki and shake
    sashimi, mixed seafood and vegetable tempura platter. How Much? Under 200LE for sushi, unless you order the platter.                                                                            

    Sapporo, Sakura Sushi, Fuego, Aqua, Mori

    Best Seafood: Flying Fish

    There’s something addictive about a fresh, creamy seafood
    soup, and Flying Fish’s soup was
    so succulent; it had our reviewer ‘moaning with delight, wishing for
    neighbouring real estate.’ Despite its nondescript exterior on Agouza’s
    Corniche and its rather empty interior, this restaurant delivered superbly made
    seafood for reasonable prices. Try This:
    the Flying Fish soup, grilled whole fish, and grilled oysters. How Much? 100LE for a three-course meal.

    Honourable Mentions: Fandira, Samakmak,

    Best Healthy Food:

    This stylish restaurant in Dandy Mall definitely doesn’t get
    the credit that it deserves. Offering healthy and fresh ingredients in all its
    dishes, Boosters uses sesame and olive oil instead of butter and will list how
    many spoons are included in each dish. Meals are also low on sodium and heavy
    on lightly grilled or steamed vegetables. Try
    hot and sour prawn soup, tomato and halloumi pesto salad, teriyaki
    chicken, vanilla pod ice cream and lemon cheesecake. How Much? Around 150LE for a three-course meal.

    Honourable Mention: L’Aubergine

    8. Best European Cuisine: Vendome

    Though there are several heavy
    contenders in Cairo
    when it comes to European cuisine, Sofitel Gezirah’s French restaurant had our
    reviewer fawning over its ‘decadent cuts of meat, rich sauces and delectable
    pastries.’ On-point service, a stunning Nile
    view and an elegant atmosphere only add to this pleasurable dining experience. Try This: rack of
    veal with potato gratin, roasted chicken ballottine and chocolate fondant. How Much? Three courses could easily
    reach 300LE.      

    Honourable Mentions: Villa Belle
    , Schatz, Little Swiss,

    9. Best Oriental
    Cuisine: Dargedodna

    This unpretentious Syrian restaurant in Mohandiseen is so good;
    it may make ‘Grandma’s food pale in comparison,’ wrote our reviewer. The
    restaurant’s comfortable atmosphere also makes it an excellent option for a weekend
    lunch with your family. Try This: lentil soup, grilled whole
    chicken, bamia with mutton and the cheese and nut konafa. How Much? Around 150LE for a three-course meal.           

    Honourable Mentions : L’Amphitrion, La
    , Papillon, Amar El Sham

    10.  Best Asian

    This pan-Thai restaurant in the
    Conrad Cairo Hotel won our third perfect score ever given to a restaurant, and
    deservedly so. The restaurant’s graceful
    interior, quiet and impeccable service coupled with the exquisite Asian fusion
    cuisine will have even the most difficult of diners sighing blissfully. Try This: the pad Thai, roast duck
    curry, pisang bakak and the flowering white tea. How Much? Around 250LE per person.

    Honourable Mentions: Nawab, Indigo,
    Maharaja, Massala, Kandahar