Sequoia: Famous Nile-side Hangout in Zamalek
During the colder months, the restaurant is covered by a huge white canopy with removable sides to provide shelter from the wind if needs be. The lighting in the evening is provided solely by giant, wooden lanterns with dancing flames that create a cosy and sophisticated ambiance.
Covering an entire half of the menu, is the large selection of drinks; hot or cold and alcoholic or non-alcoholic. After contemplating our choices, we decided on a tropical sounding Sequoia Punch (22LE) and a standard Sprite (15LE). To eat, we ordered a salami pizza (50LE) and one mixed grill (98LE) which we could only assume came with all the usual meats – there are no descriptions of the dishes on the menu.
Rightly confident enough to be named after the place, the Sequoia Punch was a delicious mixture of watermelon and peach juice and should most definitely be served in a larger glass. The pizza base was under-cooked and tasted moderately doughy, however, the flavourful salami did make up for it a little.
The mixed grill on the other hand was simple but tasty, with moist pieces of chicken, tender lamb, hearty kofta and yummy chunky chips. After we’d devoured all of this, and made a couple of queries, the sushi eventually arrived and as always, the fish was generous, fresh and delicious.
For a more personal experience, we’d suggest turning up earlier, before the crowds arrive.