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Discover the best restaurants in Egypt

16 Dec 2014 16:25 PM

Discover the best restaurants in Egypt
Egypt has a very distinguished culture, which resonates itself partly through its cuisine traditions. Locals will tell you of dishes such as the mahshi and the macaroni béchamel, whilst they’re also incredibly proud of their seafood offerings.

Making the decision of where to eat can be a little overwhelming, given the amount of choice that is available. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of the best eateries for you to visit during your stay in Egypt.

Cairo


As the capital of Egypt, Cairo is home to some of the most diverse and delicious establishments in the country. A popular choice amongst both visitors and locals is the Citadel View Restaurant which, as the name would suggest, boasts a spectacular view of the Cairo Citadel.

Just a fifteen minute drive from Ramses Hilton Hotel, this particular place offers a wide range of Egyptian favourites, such as the spicy sausage with pomegranate syrup, while there are several French-inspired choices on the menu.

With main courses costing up to £90, it is a little on the expensive side, but the popularity of the restaurant shows most people are willing to pay for a high-quality meal. Make sure you book a reservation 24 hours in advance to avoid disappointment.

Likewise with the Sequoia restaurant, which can get especially busy on the weekends. Conveniently for those staying at Hilton Zamalek Residences, it’s just a ten minute walk away and is located right by the Nile.

Its pricing is similar to the Citadel View and it enjoys a laid back atmosphere, while its Mediterranean dishes combine the best that the likes of Egypt, Morocco and Lebanon have to offer. Rosemary Chicken, Hamour Fish Fillet and Cheese Stuffed Kofta are notable inclusions on the menu.

If you fancy something a little more affordable, then one of the many Abou as-Sid locations is just a fifteen minute walk from Ramses Hilton. Visitors are often impressed by its colourful nature, with many of the walls decorated with local artwork.

Their menu consists primarily of Egyptian foods, with a selection of ‘home specialties’ like Molokheya with Chicken and the Mixed Grill Platter. The desert menu is not one to be missed either, with everything from Pumpkin Gratin to Rice Pudding available.

Alexandria


As the second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria provides its locals and visitors with a host of fine dining options.

Seafood is a particular favourite here, with the city boasting a 20 mile coastline along the Mediterranean, as well as the biggest seaport in the country. Those who enjoy fish-based dishes would be advised to take a trip to Kadoura.

After a five minute taxi journey from Hilton Alexandria Corniche hotel, guests are presented with a table outside on the narrow street. A menu isn’t provided, but you’ll be able to visit a small shop next door to the restaurant and choose what you want to eat from a wide selection of seafood options to choose from – including prawns, red and grey mullet, bluefish, squid and sea bass.

It can cost anywhere between £40 and £80 per kilo of fish, but the servers will also offer you a selection of mezze.

Sticking with the seafood theme, you might also fancy trying the Samakmak restaurant, which has the added novelty of being owned by a former queen of the local belly-dancing scene - Zizi Salem.

Whilst based approximately 20 minutes away the Green Plaza Hotel, upon arrival you will understand why Samakmak is one of the more popular establishments in the area. Their specialties include high-quality dishes such as the crayfish and the spaghetti served with clams, which keep customers returning for more.

If fish isn’t really your thing, however, don’t worry. There’s a fantastic steakhouse in the area known as Hosny Grill, again just 20 minutes from the Green Plaza.

Diners are drawn to this particular restaurant by the delicious grilled chicken, while the kebabs are also popular among visitors. An assortment of vegetables, salad and rice are served with meals, all for a relatively reasonable price of £30 - £50.

Sharm el-Sheikh


Located just by the Red Sea, Sharm has a much smaller population than the larger cities of Egypt, which naturally means fewer dining options.

But what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for with quality, while many are impressed with how little time it takes to get to some of the best restaurants in town.

In fact, if you’re staying at Hilton Fayrouz Resort, you have a fantastic option right on the premises. The Starlight Dinner Restaurant gives you a great opportunity to experience the local cuisine as you dine against a mountain backdrop, with a weekly Egyptian buffet proving to be especially popular.

However, it can get extremely busy, so even if you’re staying at the resort you are advised to make a reservation 24 hours in advance.

If you fancy venturing out into the city, then Soho Square offers a whole host of restaurants to suit various styles and tastes – and it’s only a ten minute drive away from Hilton Sharm Dreams Resort.

At the Luxor, they describe their meals as being “fit for a Pharaoh” – and they’re not wrong! It is quite expensive, but for a real high-end, genuine Egyptian meal there is nowhere better.

The mixed grill, consisting of veal, lamb and chicken is their signature dish and is served with rice and various vegetables – all made with local spices and aromas.

Or, if you prefer somewhere with a little more variation, you can head to Fusion 21 - a slightly cheaper establishment with a mix of Egyptian and Mediterranean foods. Soup is generally served with freshly baked bread as a starter, before you tuck into a main course of Greek, Italian or even Moroccan origin.

Enjoyed a delicious meal in Egypt? Let us know your recommendations!

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