You'll feel as though you're walking into an Arabian palace when you pass through the portal of this restaurant—the decor might be a touch kitschy, but the food definitely isn't. This is the place to immerse yourself in the full works, Egyptian style, and it serves just about the best Egyptian cuisine in Cairo. The choice of mezze—both hot and cold—is impressive. For main courses you'll have a choice of grilled meats, stuffed pigeon, and slow-cooked meat stews. There's also a branch at City Stars Mall.
157 Shar'a 26th Yulyu, Cairo, 12151, Egypt
May 10, 2011
We ate dinner at Abou el Sid while staying in Cairo and enjoyed the meal, the service and the lovely ambience. The crowd was mostly Egyptian and the menu is entirely Egyptian. We didn't have a reservation so we waited at the bar until a table was available - maybe 20 minutes. Four of us ordered an array of starters, the yogurt and cucumber salad, stuffed vine leaves, lamb kofta and Abou el Sid's lentils. All were very good but I noticed Egyptians
cook meat until it's dry - we encountered that everywhere - so the lamb kofta was the same as elsewhere. The vine leaves were tiny but delicious. I ordered Chicken Molokeya for my main dish and it was very good. Someone ordered Fish Sayadeya and thought it was delicious. I don't remember what else we ordered but we were all delighted with our food. The waiters were busy but cheerful and professional. Overall, a very memorable evening.