Dar Gdodnah: A Syrian Smorgasbord in Dokki
For starters, a complimentary breadbasket is served with marinated green olives and dipping sauces that include olive oil with zaatar and chilli pepper.
For 6LE, the lentil soup was spot-on with a sufficient amount of both lemon and cumin, pairing well with its creamy texture. Orzo, hulled grains and tomato soup are also available.
Although we tend to skip trying sandwiches, a few tempting options included charcoal-grilled shish tawouk on Shrak bread (12LE) and Dar Gdodnah liver, also on Shrak bread and for 9LE.
The main courses at Dar Gdodnah are numerous and primarily centre around a variety of grilled platters. Pigeon, rabbit, mutton, jumbo shrimp and veal are all available, though we decided to keep it simple and stuck with a whole chicken. For 42LE, it was tender and spiced with minimal ingredients. The chicken was served over a mound of rice and paired with sautéed carrots and zucchini.
We can’t forget to mention our favourite part of the meal: delicious Shami mombar (26LE). Stuffed with rice, minced meat and nuts, the mombar was tender and infused with just the right spices including cinnamon.
Stuffed to the max, we couldn’t indulge further but Dar Gdodnah does have desserts. Included is their signature konafa with nuts or halloumi cheese (10LE) as well as Om Ali with nuts (9LE).
If you’re looking for an all-around satisfying meal with many options to choose from, look no further than Dar Gdodnah.