The Cairo 360 Editors’ Choice Awards 2017: Asian Cuisine Award Winners
For many years, the dining scene in Cairo has been limiting our culinary tastes to not more than fast food, international and Italian cuisines. Until one day, an unknown hero, to whom we are warmly indebted, landed on our homeland one of the world’s exotic and diverse cuisines; Asian cuisine.
As risky as it was, the venture has been a success; not only does Asian cuisine cater to carnivores, vegans, vegetarians and even health-food fanatics, it’s a delicious alternative to our every-day food. But with the influx of so many restaurants serving up the best that the Far East has to offer, only a few of have hit the highest notes and continue to do so.
So, without further ado, here are the winners of the 2017 Cairo 360 Editors’ Choice Award in the Asian Cuisine category.
Formerly known as Spice, Four Seasons Nile Plaza’s 8 took Cairo by the storm with its authentic Cantonese dishes that are a whole world away from your average greasy Asian food. Food aside, 8 boasts a top-notch service, a unique Nile view and an eclectic décor that will take your breath away.
Despite serving the kind of Westernised version of Chinese cuisine that foodies scoff at, Peking is one of Cairo’s first Chinese restaurants and, over the years, it has become an all-time-favourite, thanks to its big flavours, eclectic menu and reasonable prices.
Intercontinental Cairo Semiramis’ Thai cuisine specialist, Birdcage, has never failed to impress us here at Cairo 360. Whether it’s the elegant atmosphere, the professional but warm service, or the less-is-more approach to the food they serve; there are many reasons to love what is the best Thai restaurant in town.
Since opening in 2008, Fuego has been offering its customers the best of both worlds; a delicious variety of Californian steaks and Japan’s gift to the world, sushi. Speaking of sushi, we’ve been lucky enough to taste the goodness of every single kind they have, thanks to Fuego’s renowned All-You-Can-Eat offer, and our job as food reviewers. It’s hard, but someone has to dot it.
L’Asiatique (Le Pacha 1901 West)
Here at Cairo 360, we’ve given L’Asiatique the name ‘Little Asia’; simply because it offers some of the best dishes from various locations of the continent; from the Japanese sushi, to the Thai Pad Soup to the Chinese dumplings; there’s absolutely something for every Asian cuisine-lover out there.
The youngest sibling of the A-list venues, Sequoia and Left Bank, provides a sophisticated Asian experience, which matches that of any restaurant you find in international hotels; from the refined modern décor, the VIP service to, obviously, the amazing food.
While many long-standing restaurants tend to play it safe by keeping the menus largely untouched, Mori Sushi took the risk of losing its regulars and decided to recharge its menu with not five, not ten, but TWENTY new items recently. And guess what? It was a great move – one that earned the restaurant chain a well-deserved 4.5 star rating, which is a rarity on Cairo 360.
After its turbulent start in 2008, by having been moving to different locations around Zamalek, Sabai Sabai finally came to a fresh start in 2012, when they settled above Zamalek’s Metro Market, and worked their way to become Cairo’s best Thai restaurant in town. Did you know that Sabai Sabai means ‘carefree’; we guess Thai food lovers are Sabai Sabai, because they now know where to go.
Check out all this year’s Cairo 360 Editor’s Choice Award Winners here and stay tuned for more on the best that Egypt’s capital has to offer!