26 Lotfy Hassouna Street, Dokki
09:00 - 03:00
While most restaurants tend to open up in the outskirts of Cairo, like New Cairo and Sheikh Zayed, we’re glad to see Dokki still has the appeal to bring in new talent. While walking down Lotfy Hassouna Street in Dokki, we came across a new spot called Rmrrma. We were instantly taken in by the unique decoration, and decided to go ahead and see what they have to offer.
A spectrum of colours greeted us at the door. We like the banners they have everywhere, and the cheerfulness that its colourful chairs brought us. Unfortunately, it was a bit undone by the smell of hot spices taking over the air-conditioned restaurant.
Their menu gives an ode to the “Kings of Street Food” as they call them, the top-name restaurants in street food such as El-Brense, Ezz El-Menoufy, Abou Tarek, or Sobhy Kaber. And through that, they explain the reason behind their name and what they’re all about.
From the wide array of choices, we opted for a diverse meal. Our order included pastas: Sogo’ Pasta and Chicken Pasta for 15 EGP each. We also ordered Rice with Chicken for 12 EGP, and a bunch of sandwiches at 5 EGP each, except for the Oriental Sogo’ (10 EGP), and the Kofta (12 EGP). As you can see, their prices are almost worryingly on the low-side. But what about the taste?
The pasta was delicious, and the portions quite good as well. We loved how the Sogo’ spices didn’t overpower each other at all, and the chicken was well marinated with their sauce, slices of onions, and tomatoes. As for the Rice with Chicken, it seems quite simple, but with peppers, onions, tomatoes, and a bit of sauce, and despite the chicken and sauce being served in ungenerous amounts, it was worth it.
Next up were the sandwiches. The Chicken Liver and Alexandrian Sogo’ sandwiches were on fire, both in terms of their good taste and levels of spiciness. It was quite interesting that the Tahini Sauce was a bit sweet, which added a unique touch to the sandwiches. While the Kofta Sandwich did nothing to steal the show, it was the Oriental Sogo’ sandwich that we truly fell in love with.
Finally, we opted for the Sogo’ Tajin, hoping it would be the right conclusion to an interesting meal. The Tajin was actually quite small, and was served with rice, French fries, and assorted pickles all mixed together, which turned us off quite a bit. However, one bite in and we were reminded that street food is about taste, and never about presentation. While the Tajin looked small, it was filled with a generous amount of brilliantly tasty Sogo’ with thin slices of onions, peppers, and tomatoes, all smothered in melted mozzarella, allowing you to dig in with Fino Bread.
All in all, we enjoyed our experience at Rmrrma, and we’ll definitely be giving it another visit soon.
Translated by: Sherif Khairy