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Bharez: Reasonably Priced Egyptian Home Food

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Bharez: Reasonably Priced Egyptian Home Food

Eating home food outside of home always seems like a weird idea. Why would someone pay good money to get something they could have at home for free? Well, unless someone in your house is as good as the chefs at Bharez, this restaurant is definitely worth the visit.

You can find this restaurant quite easily, it takes a corner off Gameat El Dewal Street, right below Papa John’s and very close to the Atlas Hotel. We instantly noticed and admired the decoration, their unique banner, colourful lights, and all in all relaxing design that put you in the mood for oriental food. They also have a family corner for more privacy.

Their service certainly exceeded our expectations, both regarding friendliness and speed. We dived into the menu to pick our feast and opted for a variety of dishes. We chose the Pan Fried Mouza (90 EGP) which was expertly cooked, allowing us to taste the strong flavour of the meat. On the side, we added a Vine Leaves (30 EGP) plate. Despite the low price, this dish was plenty for one person, and could easily cover a table of two. Also, the spices were right on point.

Excited by the diversity of the menu, we added the Baked Rice (Roz Me’aamar) with Chicken (65 EGP), which is a speciality at Bharez. It comes as a tajin of rice with pieces of chicken which tasted brilliant, especially the baked rice. We thought to add a Mombar (30 EGP) platter with our main, but it didn’t fare very well, something which the staff was very attentive to when we told them.

Finally, we could not pass up the opportunity of trying their Plain Molokheya (15 EGP), which simply made our day. Honestly, it is arguably the best molokheya we’ve tasted in Cairo, and for 15 EGP, it’s a steal!

Our visit to Bharez was a great one. Their service is excellent, the food is mostly brilliant, and even their salads tasted fresh, especially the green and eggplant salads. Add to that very reasonable prices, and this place could quickly become a go-to for Egyptian homelike dishes.

360 Tip

The Vine Leaves dish will cover two people, so take note when ordering.

Best Bit

The majestic molokheya tajine.

Worst Bit

The Mombar platter was a miss.

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