At this restaurant modeled after a 1940s supper club on Zamalek, one of two river islands in the
Nile, locals and expats sip sugarcane juice and smoke shishas (water pipes) while lounging
on couches. The specialty of the dining room is molokhia, a homey stew prepared with
chicken, rice and the spinachlike mallow plant.
We loved: Molokhia; skarasseya (chicken breast and rice with walnut sauce).
Kosharia flavorful mix of rice and lentils topped with fried onions and tomato
saucewas once a fast food beloved by Egyptian workers. Now it has become a Cairene foodie
favorite, and the three-story Abou Tarek in the heart of downtown has been serving the best for
We loved: Koshari.
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The Sofitel El Gezirah Cairo helped the island of Zamalek reclaim its status as Cairo's
chicest quarter when it opened in 2007. The hotel has a standout restaurant: the traditional El
Kebabgy, which serves Middle Eastern classics like an exceptional mixed grill of lamb and
We loved: Kebabs; lamb kofta; slow-cooked tagine.