Known for its simple yet authentic Thai fare, Birdcage seldom fails to provide a memorable dining experience. Chic, sophisticated and filled with a warm, friendly atmosphere, this is the perfect spot for an family meal, or even a romantic date. Crafted using traditional Thai ingredients and recipes, each dish on the menu is packed with flavor, reminiscent of a classic Thai meal. Not-to-be-missed are their sticky rice variants, best paired with a hearty serving of stir fried scallops or the signature sizzling beef fillet.
Come with an appetite to this American-style diner that will make you forget you are in Egypt. Regulars show up early for its famous breakfasts and grill specialties. Virtually indistinguishable from a small town American diner, the cozy bi-level interior with hardwood floors holds a dozen or so wooden booths. Staff are attentive and efficient, speaking clear English to the almost entirely expat clientèle. Pancakes, beef bacon, eggs and hash browns top the breakfast menu, all of which are served in large portions and best complemented with a freshly-squeezed orange juice.
Tabla LUNA is a Latin American restaurant located in the Maadi neighborhood of Cairo offering modern representations of classical dishes from countries like Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador in a contemporary setting. All the dishes available here are made from scratch using the restaurant's homegrown organic ingredients, providing you with an exotic meal that not only satisfies your palate, but also fulfills your soul.
Set in the heart of Cairo's most famous bazaar, El Fishawy is a venerable tea house that has been managed by the same family since the 18th Century. Established in 1773, this place stays open 24 hours a day and occupies a narrow alley off El-Hussein Square. Inside the cafe, cracked mirrors, smoky ceilings, old wooden furniture and a stuffed crocodile lend charm. But the real draw is the crowd, which is a diverse mix of tourists, chic sheikhs, sheesha chain-smokers and local waiters. Mint tea, Turkish coffee and a variety of other hot and cold drinks are available.
Cairo Jazz Club is an ultra cool venue and a popular nightspot in Ginza. The atmosphere is lively yet laid-back, and the music (which changes every night) is consistently excellent, giving you a great choice of songs. Team you favorite drinks with the international cuisine that features seafood while you enjoy the music and the great ambiance. Before heading straight to Cairo Jazz Club, make sure to make a reservation!
Give your palate a break from the regular and head to Shogun Japanese Restaurant for a bite of authentic Japanese delicacies. A place where cooking is quite literally a performance, here one can witness chefs pull off some neat tricks at the live tepanyaki, hibachi counter. Walk in, grab a seat, and prepare to be blown away, not just by the chef's precision with the knife, but also by the perfectly balanced flavors and textures of the food. From its seemingly endless sushi options, to the signature ramen, tepanyaki and seafood options, there's plenty to tease your taste-buds at this fine restaurant.
One of several coffee bars in this famous hotel, Abou Aly is distinctive for its elegant Asian terrace. It's a good place to go if you want a quiet drink in an attractive setting, and maybe a puff of shisha (waterpipe). The Asian ambience is pervasive, and you might just forget that you're in the Ritz Carlton. In summer, the terrace is a relaxing place to people watch, while in winter it is enclosed and dressed up like a Bedouin tent. A singer entertains in the evenings. The menu is small on snacks, but has several good traditional dessert options. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and alcohol are served at moderate prices. Rich apple-flavored shisha is available, and the attendants vigilantly watch the coals. No alcohol is served during Ramadan.
Sofitel El Gezirah is one of the best lodging options of Cairo. Where else can you get the luxury of dining in eight restaurants in the hotel itself? Window On The Nile is one such facility where you can spend your evenings drinking and dancing. Savor the lovely wines, beers and cocktails, and shake a leg or two on the dance floor. Check out the grand chandelier at the entrance—it will take your breath away! A single visit to this lounge is enough to make you a regular.
Located inside the Holiday Inn Cairo, Indira Indian Restaurant brings flavors of the Indian subcontinent to Cairo. Furnished to accommodated larger groups, the interior of the restaurant is beautifully lit and decked in exotic art. The menu covers a range of Indian dishes that are created using authentic techniques and served in hearty portions. Their Jhinga Pakoras (prawn fritters) are perfect appetizers followed by some Daal Shorba (lentil soup) while the Lamb Leg is a great option for your main course. Chicken Biryani and Gosht Biryani served at Indira come most recommended for those with an ardent appetite. There are several decadent desserts to end your meal on a sweet note.
Located inside InterContinental Cairo, Maestro Italian Restaurant is an epitome of fine dining. Illuminated in gentle lights, the restaurant's sophisticated interior sets a perfect mood for a formal dinner. Maestro's menu dictates classic Italian dishes, and patrons can seek the chef for recommendations over specialties. Seafood is the restaurant's unique proposition, but their steaks are equally delectable. Served elegantly, every dish at Maestro is an explosion of flavors that transport one to the Italian plains.
Nestled somewhere within Fairmont Nile City, L'Uliveto is an upscale Italian restaurant with an impressive interior. The decor consisting of wood and marble flooring, suspended lanterns, leather lounges and plants give this place a welcoming vibe. It is in such a luxurious place that you get to enjoy authentic Italian dishes that are complemented by the wide range of drinks served here.