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WIF – Wings in Flavours

WIF-Wings in Flavours: Buffalo Wings Now in Zamalek

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Anne de Groot
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WIF-Wings in Flavours: Buffalo Wings Now in Zamalek

Finally,
a new venue has opened in Cairo serving something other than sushi, cupcakes or exotic shisha. WIF, which stands for Wings in Flavours, has opened up its doors
on Taha Hussein Street in Zamalek and specialises in crunchy buffalo wings.

When you
enter the tiny space, take the very cool wooden stairs up. The restaurant is
divided into three different sections, each of which is decorated slightly differently.
Design-wise, WIF is a dream with wooden and stone walls, and chains and
oriental lamps hanging from the ceiling.

At the time of our visit, flat-screen TVs around the room were screening a football match, while LCD screens
showed the WIF Twitter account’s live feed; so your tweet could be up
there too. The wooden tables are relatively low and have either a couch or
different seats. The egg-shaped pepper and salt shakers are possibly the
coolest that this reviewer has ever seen in Cairo. Dettol dispensers are on every
table because the management understands that eating buffalo wings is messy
business.

WIF’s
menu includes several appetisers such as mozzarella sticks (28LE), spicy wedges
(22LE) and onion rings (25LE). There is a salad bar where you can make your own
salad for 30LE. You can create your own burger (46LE) or just opt for the evil burger
(52LE).

Of
course, we opted for WIF’s signature wings. We had the nine-piece original
(42LE) with sides of honey mustard (5LE) and orange glaze sauce (6LE). We also sampled
the six-piece blue cheese wings (34LE) and the six-piece teriyaki wings (32LE).
The original wings are very, very spicy, so if you can’t handle it, take a mild
sauce like the orange glaze to sweeten the wings up a bit. The blue cheese
wings are a must-try for every blue cheese fan. The sauce is creamy
but still has that authentic blue cheese taste, while the teriyaki wings are
simply divine.

The wings are quite big with tender meat; they’re well-prepared,
so the meat comes easily off the bone and the skin is tasty. You can choose
from portions of six, nine or twelve pieces. We also sampled the mashed
potatoes (15LE) as a side, which tasted fine but wasn’t particularly special.

For
dessert, we sampled Willy’s ice cream, an Egyptian brand specialising in natural
ice cream and local flavours. We had a scoop of guava, karkadeh and peanuts
(10LE per scoop), all of which were delicious and well worth the trip to WIF
alone.

At the
time of this reviewer’s visit, the restaurant’s background music was
significantly loud and pumping, making it difficult to have a conversation. But
then again, this was on the venue’s opening day, and we’re sure it will be much
quieter in our future visits.

So if
you’re in the mood for a new type of junk food with flavour, head over to
Zamalek to grab yourself some juicy wings and be prepared to get messy.

360 Tip

Don’t want to ruin your perfect manicure? The restaurant provides disposable plastic gloves you can eat with.

Best Bit

The teriyaki wings are simply wonderful.

Worst Bit

Not enough tissues at the table and there is only one (unisex) bathroom, which means long waits.

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