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Masrawy: New Egyptian Grill Opens in Downtown Cairo

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Katie Dryden
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Masrawy: New Egyptian Grill Opens in Downtown Cairo

The newest restaurant to open in Downtown Cairo is the surprisingly sleek Masrawy. Having timed its opening for Ramadan, the new eatery on Bustan Street offers no-frills, wholesome food for fetar and sohour.

There are eight hearty meal options to choose from for Iftar and each offer a diverse and healthy mix of foods including drinks and dessert.

The cheapest of these eight choices costs 22LE and consists of quarter of a chicken, rice, mixed vegetables, mixed salad, Egyptian bread, Oriental dessert, one bottle of water plus a special fruity Ramadan drink.  You can also replace the chicken for meatballs in a tangy tomato sauce with pasta.

The most expensive meal on the fetar menu is the Mixed Grill (80LE); but don’t be put off by this significantly higher price because the portion can easily feed two people. The selection of meat is simply delicious.  Included in the Mixed Grill option is: ¼ kofta, ½ chicken, ¼ kebab, 2 juicy lamb ribs, a thick soup, basmati rice, green salad, tahina salad, garlic salad, bread, a bottle of water and finally, that special fruity Ramadan drink.

The prices at this new restaurant are highly satisfactory considering the diversity that comes in just one meal choice and of course the large portion sizes that we really love and appreciate.  The service is great too; staff is all dressed in bright orange to match the interior of the restaurant.

Masrawy is extremely spacious taking up two large air-conditioned floors plus outdoor seating; it’s clean, fresh and almost sparkles beneath that perfectly adequate lighting.  Large tables are available for families or groups of friends plus some quieter tables for two all prepared efficiently and the food is served in stylish ceramic dishes, which really add to the atmosphere and pleasant dining experience.

Masrawy’s sohour menu consists of a lighter and significantly cheaper choice of meals than feter, but there are only four different choices.  The cheapest of these costs a mere 10LE and consists of a generous serving of chunky foul, two falafel, green salad, yoghurt, bread and water.  On the other hand there is the ‘Masrawy Special’ which costs 18LE and is highly recommended, consists of omelette, a cheese plate, three falafel, salad, bread, yoghurt, french fries and a bottle of water.

There is no daily menu as yet for Masrawy as the focus is purely on Ramadan but the restaurant has managed to burst into the Cairo scene immediately attracting attention and reeling in customers.  The seating is comfortable; the large air-conditioned space is refreshing and they serve a top-notch fetar.

360 Tip

It's maybe a little redundant to say, but Masrawy is, of course, in no way related to the news website of the same name.

Best Bit

Simple Egyptian food done well for great prices.

Worst Bit

Simple Egyptian food done well - you'll find nothing new here.

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