Stacked: Creative Club Sandwiches at Zamalek Deli
2 Taha Hussein Street
Besides the sandwiches that come in your choice of white, brown or squid-ink black toast, Stacked also have soup of the day and a range of salads. As simple as the menu, the place’s front view is all black but for the yellowish-white light boxes spelling out the name of the place. All the more simple, the interior of the place is comprised of a black wooden bar with five high-chairs overlooking the street.
Shuffling through the menu, we opted for Stacked chicken in brown bread (40LE) and the deadly-named 007 (45LE) in white bread. While any sandwich comes with your choice of potato or sweet-potato fries on the side, we decided to choose both, each to be a side to one of the sandwiches we opted for.
Made of three layers of toasted white bread filled with lettuce, roast beef, flat Yorkshire pudding and shredded carrots with beef jus mayo, we started with the 007. While the sandwich’s many ingredients promise a fiesta of flavours, the humongous amounts of lettuce and shredded carrots tamed what was supposed to be a dangerously-good sandwich; they overpowered the taste of the rest of the ingredients, especially the roast beef, which was both scarce and thinly sliced.
But being thinly sliced worked well with the outstanding potato chips; fresh, golden and crispy, they were easily marked as a highlight of the visit.
Filled with roasted rosemary chicken, emmental cheese, herb mayo, tomato and lettuce, the Stacked chicken fared a lot better. Unlike the 007, the chicken pieces were plentiful and well seasoned. And though the chicken had no traces of rosemary, smooth creamy taste of the emmental cheese brought all the ingredients together.
The sweet-potato chips were scrumptiously sweet, however, they weren’t quite as good potato chips, because they were not as crispy as the latter.
Opting for one of the dessert items on the menu, which happen to be provided by delivery-only bakery, Baked , we ordered a peanut butter fudge brownie bar (20LE), which unfortunately, was a little stale.
Like a marble cake, the bar is a blend of peanut butter fudge, chocolate cake and brownie batter. While the consistency of both of the brownies and peanut butter fudge were perfect, the cake part was crumbly rather than soft. It was only after we tasted it that we noticed that it had been made three days earlier, as per the label. Apart from the lack of freshness and the crumbliness of the cake part, the dessert as a whole was rich and subtly sweet.
Since the dessert is, technically, not theirs, the 007 was the only disappointment at the time of our visit to stacked. Apart from that, the tasty food was made with noticeably fresh ingredients and the service was both efficient and fast. Who said fast food can’t be light on the stomach?