If there were awards for restaurants with authentic vibes, this place would get top prize. There is such a feel of old Cairo about the decor that it’s a little disconcerting. With only lazily twirling wall fans, the ground floor can get a little muggy; the upstairs dining room (with an annex room for smoking shishas) is a lot more comfortable, though less atmospheric. The menu does a good job at covering the usual suspects, including a fabulously smooth babaganoush and earthy feta cheese salad. The mezes are a cheap and filling starter for two to three, while the meshawi – a fragrant plate of smoky, grilled meats and vegetables – is another good sharing option.
This restaurant REFUSED to serve us free tap water which is ridiculous and insisted we pay for bottled water which I refuse to do because (a) its terrible for the environment and (b) we were spending so much money on the bill that its a bit insulting to not be offered something so basic like water.
Posted on Fri 03 Jul 2009 10:26:18
food reviewer said: “El Cair restaurant arab street”
El Cair had a good ambience but the food had no taste. the worst humus and falafel you would ever eat is found in that restaurant not to mention the service. we had to wait a good 25 minutes before we got menus to order and another 30 minutes to get our change back ! its a shame given its locatioin and potential!