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Darwish

Darwish: Simple Egyptian Meals in Mohandiseen

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Ahmed El Dahan
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Darwish: Simple Egyptian Meals in Mohandiseen

Gameat El Dowal Street stands as somewhat of a hotbed for restaurants in Cairo. The busy Mohandiseen street consistently attracts both locals and out-of-towners looking to dine – be it at some of the city’s most popular chains or the smaller eateries that often go unnoticed.

Darwish is a newly opened restaurant that specialises in providing Egyptian cuisine at its simplest. Their menu is quick and to the point which makes ordering a breeze. Its simplicity is no indicator of its quality, however, with the restaurant’s cooks dependably serving up excellent meals.

The restaurant exists in a small shop in the centre of the busy street, with its open exterior allowing a haze of smoke to escape from their enticing grill. With limited space inside, the seating area extends outside and is a pretty basic setup of red plastic chairs, tucked beneath metal top tables.

While Darwish offer sandwiches such as chicken or beef shawerma (5LE – 15LE), the real magic is in full-blown meals such as the fried half-chicken with molokheya and rice (22LE) or fata (25LE). Their tehina and baba ghanough (3LE) dips are thick and flavourful, avoiding the watery texture that’s a common shortcoming in many local establishments.

We were glad to find their rice less greasy than what’s usually found when eating out in Cairo; combined with molokheya, it encapsulates an authentically simple Egyptian meal.

Soft, with a slight pull to it, kofta orders (104LE/kg) are placed on a bed of rice before being topped with three to four loaves of bread and, combined with a dip or two of tehina, it all makes for a great bite.

Served in a generous portion and with a perfect grilled texture, Darwish’s grilled half chicken (22LE), particularly the dark meat, held a delicious flavour thanks mostly to perfect marinating and seasoning.  In true Egyptian fashion, we went step further and cut the chicken into small strips before throwing into a plate of rice and molokheya.

As a newcomer to Gameat El Dewal’s competitive, and quite often overwhelming, dining circuit, Darwish may not offer anything revolutionary; however, the restaurant’s excellent, convenient location along with fast, dependable meals will attract many a hungry patron. 

360 Tip

Darwish delivers; call 01141688123.

Best Bit

The kofta was delicious.

Worst Bit

The green salad and mezza dip portions are a little on the small side.

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