This expansive restaurant, bar, and lounge is one of the hottest spots in town and one of the hardest reservations to get. The dining area is a series of elegant high-ceilinged rooms, which, with their dark wood and seductive lighting, evoke Casablanca as much as Europe. The see-and-be-seen crowd is as hip as Cairo gets. The kitchen produces a number of specialties hard to find anywhere else, including homemade focaccia with rosemary or olives, gazpacho, honey-glazed duck, and tuna carpaccio. The bar is at least as popular as the restaurant. Be prepared to eat early (by Cairo standards) if you want a shot at getting a table.
Balmoral Hotel, 157 Shar'a 26 Yulyu, Cairo, 12151, Egypt
Dec 12, 2011
Tough to find this little gem. Tucked away on the second floor of a seemingly residential building with no signage to speak of, it truly is an exclusive spot. Unfortunately, the staff acts the part. After asking specifically if ordering just dessert was permitted (at 9pm when the place was half-full), we were seated, left to enjoy the atmosphere for 20 minutes prior to having our order taken. All that only to be told after ordering that the minimum
charge is 100LE per person and we'd have to get creative with booze to meet that target. Desserts cost between 20-35LE - many main dishes are less than 50. Either one they were lying about the 100LE and wanted to be rid of us or truly expected us to order a bottle of wine each with our chocolate apple crepes. Either way, I won't be returning despite the chic ambiance and purportedly delicious food. There are plenty of other gems in the mine.
May 26, 2009
It is a quite nice place, to go , with great service, lovely decor , the food was nice, and we thought that it was a good value for money.If you arrive before 21.30, then you will have a choice of three generous set menues, with lovely food on there.We opted for the last one where we got 2 starters, a main dish and a dessert for 140LE (around 16£) P/p , and drinks were ok two.Very refreshing place to go to.