Founded in 1908, Cafe Riche was the social headquarters of much of Cairo's theater and literary communities and once had a cabaret where Umm Koulthum got her start in 1922. The food has not changed much since then and features such standard French-influenced Egyptian grill dishes as entrecôte in wine sauce with fries. The steak with pistachios is more innovative (and quite good), while there are all the usual local options, including fatta (a meat or vegetable
casserole) and tahini. You can also get a good breakfast here.
17 Shar'a Talaat Harb, Cairo, 11111, Egypt
Jan 11, 2011
This was probably my worst experience in Cairo. For one, this once intellectual hotspot, needs to hop off its high horse and realize that its only a reflection of its bygone glory. We walked in the restaurant at about 6pm and ordered 4 beers. Then the so-called "manager" came and said, "We manage a restaurant...so you need to order food". When we did order some side dishes it he said "...if it does get busy you need to leave". We just canceled the
order and walked out. The food is not special...so there is no need to weather the 'snooty' staff at this establishment
Feb 21, 2003
Good place to meet, stay all day. Quiet, relaxing, unpretentious, absolutely hassle-free. A lone female can feel comfortable here. Good coffee, cold beer, excellent local salads, hot food comes hot. Orders taken fairly quickly, may take time to get the bill.