With more and more restaurants and hangouts popping up everywhere in Sheikh Zayed, it is no surprise that some of our most beloved restaurants are branching out there as well. One of Zamalek’s favourite pizzerias, Maison Thomas, recently opened its doors in Majarrah Mall, so it was time for a visit.
At first glance, the restaurant radiated great and inviting Italian vibes. There was an indoors area and a spacious outdoors, which felt more suitable during day time; who doesn’t like enjoying the sun and the fresh air with their pizza? The menus were handed to us as soon as we reached our seats, so after a few minutes of browsing, we decided on an appetiser. There were many options on the menu; however, they weren’t all available, so we went with the cheesy garlic bread (20 LE) – four pieces of simple but flavourful cheesy goodness. The garlic wasn’t too overpowering, the cheese was perfectly melted, and the bread was fresh. It was an excellent value for money appetiser option, and it was served fairly quickly.
Then, it was recommended we order one medium pizza (half and half). The pizza we chose was half Hawaii (65 LE) – Tomato sauce, mozzarella, smoked roast beef, pineapple, cloves, and olive oil, and half Marinara (85 LE) – Tomato sauce, mozzarella, calamari, shrimp, anchovies, oregano, and olive oil. The clove flavour wasn’t at all prominent in the Hawaii half, but the roast beef and pineapple mix was certainly interesting, if you’re pro pineapple on pizza. However, the Marinara half takes the win; the calamari and shrimp were perfectly cooked, and the oregano really levelled up the flavours.
There was still some room left for dessert, so we opted for the Daily Fresh Eclairs; there were three flavours available. The classic chocolate éclair (46 LE) – was our prime preference, so we ordered one to share. Unfortunately, the dessert wasn’t as successful as the rest of the meal; the éclair had a few noticeable downsides. The portion was huge for a well-known delicate pastry, the dough did not taste fresh, and the glaze on top had an undesirable crunch. On the plus side, the filling was decadent and chocolaty with a balanced amount of sugar.
All in all, it was a pleasant experience; the atmosphere was enjoyable, the food was tasty, and the staff were really attentive and understanding. They offered us another dessert and took the éclair off the check without us even asking. Maison Thomas certainly has a lot to offer and will always be one of the most affordable places to get a good Italian meal, from authentic Italian pizzas and salads to pasta dishes and sandwiches.