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Bun’z Mini Sandwiches

Bun’z Mini Sandwiches: Little Bites, Big Flavours in Heliopolis

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Nermin Habib
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Bun’z Mini Sandwiches: Little Bites, Big Flavours in Heliopolis

It’s always nice to hear about a Cairo restaurant putting a new twist on an  done-to-death idea. Bun’z Mini Sandwiches does just that, by grilling mini sandwiches at their modest shop on Hassan Yousry Street in Heliopolis.

The store is more or less a kitchen with just a cash register and a countertop, and space for customers to stand while eating; considering the size of the sandwich though, this is more convenient than uncomfortable. However, there are four plastic tables on the mildly busy street outside.

We were shown how big – or, in this case, how small – the sandwiches were and opted to add a few more to substantiate the order. Sandwiches and burgers are priced between 5 and 6LE, apart from the Smoked Salmon (8LE) and Caviar sandwich (16LE).  Two choices of dessert are also available – waffles (15LE) or crepes (10LE). We ordered a classic burger, a smoked salmon, and a Philly steak sandwich to which we added a large (8LE) – as opposed to a small (5LE) – combo of fries and soda.

The sandwiches are individually wrapped, complete with a sticker clearly indicating which one is which. Although we had seen the size of the sandwich beforehand, it was still surprising and a little disappointing to see that it’s so mini.

None-the-less, we tore into the smoked salmon and a burst of tangy capers, mild, fresh-tasting salmon and creamy Bun’z spread interlaced to make each mouthful pleasantly zesty. What impressed us the most was how well-stacked the sandwiches were so as not to leave any empty bread space around the edges. Of two classic burgers, though very well-seasoned, were somewhat dry and inconsistent as one was juicier and filled with more trimmings than the other.

The Philly steak was the best of the bunch, with bite-sized shreds of incredibly moist steak and flavourful chopped mushrooms, onions and melted Monterey jack cheese that welded everything together brilliantly; we were genuinely disappointed that this one didn’t come in a larger size. The side of fries were by no means extraordinary, but did the job.

Unfortunately just one of Bun’z’ sandwiches is unlikely to satisfy a typical lunchtime appetite, and these little, delicious bite-sized sandwiches would most probably be better suited to catered events.

360 Tip

Bun'z delivers to Heliopolis and Nasr City, but also offer catering services to the whole of Cairo; call 02 22905119.

Best Bit

The staff are really big on customer care and went out of their way to make us happy.

Worst Bit

The sandwiches are so small that we left feeling unsatisfied.

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