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Beautifully remodeled to resemble a stone mansion, complete with a grand staircase at the entrance and a dining area that feels like a drawing room, Papillon serves superb Lebanese food. Although the menu is inevitably biased toward meat, including delicious lamb kebabs and kofta (ground meat shaped as kebabs), you can fashion a vegetarian meal out of the substantial appetizers. Be sure to try fattoush (a salad with fried-pita croutons) and the hummus, which comes with warm ‘aish shami (a puffy bread).
- Address: Tirsana Shopping Center (across from the Zamalek Sporting Club), Shar'a 26 Yulyu, Mohandiseen, Cairo
- Phone: 02/3347–1672
- Location: Mohandiseen
- Reservations essential.
- Credit cards accepted.
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