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Christmas in Cairo: Where to Have Dinner This Christmas

Christmas in Cairo: Where to Have Dinner This Christmas
    written by
    Ahmed El Mezeny

    Let’s face it: while Christmas may not be as
    big of a festive season in Cairo as in other cosmopolitan hubs like New York
    and London; that doesn’t mean that you have to skimp out on any Christmas celebrations
    or dining experiences in the city.

    The good news is that a proper Christmas
    dinner with turkey and all the fixings is far from impossible in several of
    Cairo’s top restaurants and hotels.

    On both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the
    Four Seasons First Residence will
    provide a Christmas event for the entire family. For 400LE, you can partake in all
    activities, a hearty Christmas buffet accompanied by a jazz band, while the
    younger family members can enjoy face painting and photography sessions with
    Santa Clause. The buffet starts at 12PM and lasts till 6PM; make it a family
    outing since your date might get ticked off by the amount of happy children
    running around.

    Want the Christmas spirit and a
    breathtaking view too? Make sure to head to Ramses Hilton’s Citadel Grill or Windows on the World, where chef
    Dimitrios will prepare a traditional Christmas menu on December 24th. Dinner features
    live entertainment and an appearance by Santa himself. As for Christmas Day,
    you can enjoy a lunch buffet at the Hilton
    Terrace Café
    or hit the Citadel
    for another crack at that traditional menu.

    La Bodega is also doing it again this year, serving an all-out French menu
    featuring mouth-watering dishes such as asparagus salad, turkey stuffed with
    cranberries and adorned with chestnuts and a traditional French dessert. This
    French gourmet experience costs 230LE per person excluding taxes and service.

    A quieter Christmas dinner will lead you to
    the pub Don Quichotte in Zamalek,
    where they will serve a Christmas Eve dinner for 300LE (excluding bouchon).
    Turkey is on the menu of course, but the rest of the food is hardly traditional;
    they will provide their excellent oriental mezzas instead of your regular side
    of yams!

    The Fairmont Nile City is going all out
    this season with set menus at their French restaurant Saigon Bleu (425LE) and Napa Grill (325LE) on December 24th. On Christmas Day, you can enjoy a brunch buffet for 198LE at Napa Grill featuring a traditional turkey menu, followed by a dinner for 238LE.

    You can enjoy a four-course Christmas Eve
    meal at the Kempinski Nile Hotel Cairo’s restaurant Blue, featuring traditional Christmas food and European cuisine for
    210LE. Or you can head to Floor 10
    instead and enjoy a set menu of their delectable French cuisine for 310LE. On
    Christmas day, Blue will serve a traditional festive brunch buffet (190LE), or you
    can opt for a shot at Floor 10 ’s set menu for 295LE.

    If you’re in Maadi; head over to Blackstone Bistro for their
    enormous Christmas brunch buffet complete with regular and fried turkey, lamb
    and yams. The buffet will have a full breakfast and dessert station, just in
    case turkey isn’t the only thing on your mind. The buffet starts early on Christmas
    day, complete with a live jazz band; so expect to pay around 300LE.

    Daring enough to try a little
    unorthodox approach to Christmas food? You should try Max’s Restaurant
    in New Maadi for turkey with a side of salmon and broccoli soup all day long on
    December 24th and 25th.

    If you’d like to cut back on the munching
    this Christmas, head to the Cairo Jazz Club for a drink and one of
    their phenomenal appetisers. If you still want to indulge in holiday food, then
    you can try their Christmas set menu, while enjoying the smooth jazz and swing sounds
    of the Riff Band.
    This is a charity event, where all proceeds will go to the SOS Children’s Village

    Nasr City and Heliopolis residents needn’t worry
    about a tiresome commute for a turkey dinner. The JW Marriott will serve an outstanding traditional buffet on
    Christmas day for just 190LE.

    The Meridian
    will also host a dinner buffet on Christmas Day at their French
    restaurant St. Germaine. The buffet
    starts at 7PM and promises a festive candlelit meal for 160LE.

    For those of you living in 6th of October City or Haram,
    don’t fret: The Mena House Oberoi is
    planning a Christmas event, but their plans aren’t final yet; so give them
    a call to find out what’s going on.

    With so many different holiday dining options in
    Cairo; make sure that your turkey isn’t the only thing stuffed on Christmas Day.