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Pier 88

Pier 88: One of El Gouna’s Main Dining Landmarks

  • Abu Tig Marina
  • 4PM - 1AM weekdays, 4PM - 3AM weekends -
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Alia El Askalany
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Pier 88: One of El Gouna’s Main Dining Landmarks

Literally docked in El Gouna’s waters, Pier 88 is one
of this Red Sea resort’s best and unique dining spots to date. Occupying a
square-shaped floating dock on the water, Pier 88 can be reached via a wooden plank
exactly as if you’re on a boat. The venue is given an effortless yet unique charm by its wooden floors, white wooden tables, a bar surrounding an open
kitchen with red leather high chairs, and grey couches adorned with black and
white pop art cushions.

Whether you walk in for lunch or have a booking for
dinner and drinks, you can never go wrong with the variety of dishes on Pier
88’s menu, accompanied by the gorgeous view of the Abu Tig marina by night. A
concoction of olive oil and garlic heated on the open fire always give off a tangy
aroma of food being prepared, while soft background music by the likes of
Michael Buble and French singers help set the mood.

For starters, we recommend their famous pil pil
shrimps (58LE), which arrive in a small, hot pan cooked with garlic, olive oil
and chilli with fresh bread to sample the juices with. Also recommended is the
assortment plate (62LE) of goat cheese, smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail and
chicken fingers, or their fresh and tasty tomato salad (45LE) with onion, chilli
and olive oil. Pier 88 recently revamped their menu, mixing both new and
original signature dishes, including salmon fillet in lemon butter sauce (109LE),
jumbo shrimps in garlic butter (110LE), spaghetti with clams and broccoli (90LE)
and gnocchi with gorgonzola (85LE).  

Pier 88 is very famous for its tender, juicy and
signature fillet, which you definitely must sample while there. For those who
appreciate their meat, Pier 88 serves the best fillet in the world, the Wagyu
fillet for a whopping 290LE; but it’s worth every penny. Other signature fillet dishes include the
ladies’ beef fillet, which weighs between 160gms and 180gms at 85LE and the
normal beef fillet at 108LE; all with a choice of Café De Paris, pepper, mustard,
mushroom and balsamic sauces. The cheese burger (85LE) at Pier 88 is also a
must-try and comes served with Tzatziki and fries.

Pier 88’s dessert menu might be a bit limited, but you
should definitely leave room for their hot mixed berries (48LE); a tall,
chilled glass of vanilla ice cream with a mixture of hot berries and berry
coulis served straight from the pan onto the ice cream.

Pier 88 is also a great venue for drinks before a night
out, with a Stella or Heineken ranging between 25LE to 35LE, and a range of wine between 40LE and 70LE per glass. On weekends and public holidays when things get moving, Pier 88 is known to play Arabic pop songs that
get everyone jumping on the bars and couches; a night out in El Gouna that is
not to be missed.

360 Tip

Their steak dishes always come with sides of salad and bread; so make sure that the waiters don’t forget them.

Best Bit

Great steaks and starters, the venue works well for drinks before partying, and has an extremely charming atmosphere.

Worst Bit

The venue can get really packed during the busier seasons, so walking in and finding a spot instantly is nearly impossible.

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