|Category:||Middle Eastern, Oriental|
|Opening hours:||Noon - 2AM|
|Price range:||Moderate (LE75 to LE150)|
|Payment method:||Cash, VI, MA, DI, AMEX|
|Home delivery:||Heliopolis , Nasr City|
"Authentic", "original" and "memorable": these were only few of our compliments attributed to the famed restaurant Abou El Sid, located on the 6th floor of the well-known mall Citystars (phase 1), and here are the reasons why:
The secluded Abou El Sid takes you away from the modern Cairo (and the ever-busy and loud shopping center), placing you directly in the 50's of the previous century. Held in maroon and brown colors, smartly depicting the tendencies of that epoch; this cozy restaurant boasts huge chandeliers, Oriental carpets with intricate designs, picturesque tiles, huge tables able to take big groups of people, underlying the legendary Egyptian hospitality and antique furniture, featuring big sofas and comfy cushions, making the place an exact replica of the glorious golden era. Yet, the most amazing part of the decor lies in the use of oud and tabla, popular musical instruments and, of course, the pictures of Middle East's legendary celebrities, including Sabah, Laila Mourad, Taheyya Kariokka, Abdel Halim Hafez and the one and only - Umm Kul Thum, whose prominent hits are softly heard in the background.
Even though their menu is not oversaturated with items, the masterfully prepared dishes are able to satisfy even the choosiest gourmand. Choose from their nice array of mezzas and appetizers, among which are the sinfully delicious Lentil Soup (perfect for those who like it hot) or the venue's home-made Vine Leaves served with yoghurt and mint. Fried Aubergines with Garlic and Vinegar are also noteworthy; whereas venue's crispy and hot bread is a culmination of Middle Eastern culinary tradition.
Don't get carried away with the appetizers and be ready to indulge yourself in their palatable main dishes, including the traditional Molokhiya with Chicken and Rice (served with a special spicy red sauce and extra garlic) or the much-beloved Fettah (Egyptian risotto with yoghurt, meat and tomato sauce). Also on offer such delicacies as Spinach and Veal Tagine served with white rice; the renowned Koshari, or the much-beloved Abou El Sid's Tournedos Fillet with Chicken Liver and Sauteed Vegetables.
The selection of desserts is smaller, yet the items are still tempting with their rich taste and skillful presentation: go for the sugary Om Aly with Nuts, or the famous Mahlabiya (Oriental custard).
A tip for the wise: don't order too much, as the portions are generous; whereas the food is a bit heavy on the stomach.
The service can easily qualify as a five-star. The attentive waiters filled up the glasses every time there was a need in it; the menu was thoroughly explained and the food was served within maximum 15 minutes, calming down our hungry bellies.
All in all, Abou El Sid is certainly recommended and is suitable for both: couples and groups of people.
A variety of
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