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Tamara Lebanese Bistro

Tamara Lebanese Bistro: Outstanding Set Fetar Menu at Citystars

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Waleed Abuarab
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Tamara Lebanese Bistro: Outstanding Set Fetar Menu at Citystars

Often regarded as one of the best Lebanese restaurants in Cairo, Tamara Lebanese Bistro has been getting in the Ramadan spirit with a set fetar menu; at 170LE a person, this consists of both Lebanese and Egyptian dishes. Visiting the Citystars branch, we ventured out to see if the restaurant could uphold its revered reputation.

Located next to the VIP cinema, Tamara quickly catches the eye with its pleasing design of mostly white with purple accents. The comfortable, spacious seating and tarboush adorning waiters add to the overall ambiance. Arriving half an hour before fetar time, we sat back and watched the place bustle, preparing for the service ahead.

The set menu offers diners the choice of Lebanese appetisers – sambousak, fattoush, hommos, marinated eggplant or pickled tomatoes – as well as a choice between lentil soup and clear soup with vermicelli. The main course includes Lebanese-style grill; kofta, shish tawouk and kabab, along with a side of white rice or rice with nuts and cinnamon. There is also the choice of okra tagine, molokheya with rabbit or vegetable tagine with meat.

Before the meal is served, diners can choose between amar el din or tamr hindy juice; after the meal there is a choice of Lebanese koshaf with nuts, cinnamon with milk, or pumpkin casserole with either rose water or cinnamon and eshta.

The meal was mammoth but also extremely delectable; the grills were prepared to perfection, the bread served with them was delicious, and the vegetable tagine with meat tasted as homemade as it could get. The appetisers were also a hit, as was the dessert which was soaked in honey and garnished with fresh nuts.

When visiting a place for a review, there are several factors that are taken into account; the atmosphere, the food as well as the service and overall value for money. With all this in mind, Tamara Lebanese Bistro delivers a wonderful fetar experience and we would strongly recommend it to anyone looking to enjoy an Oriental meal to break their fast.

360 Tip

Tamara also serve sohour from 10PM-1AM, for 120LE per person. For more info, check out the restaurant's official Facebook page.

Best Bit

Brilliantly made food.

Worst Bit

You're likely to get full halfway through the meal - it's massive!

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