|Opening hours:||Noon - midnight|
|Price range:||Moderate (LE75 to LE150)|
By Eugenia Ugrinovich
El Mundo is known for its ability to take you to the most remote corners of the world. No worries, the restaurant does not speed up nor takes off in the process of dining but it surely gives you the feeling of the region by using authentic recipes and – what’s more important – a variety of traditional spices.
Located on board Nile Lily, this Cairo’s hidden gem boasts a mesmerizing view of the Nile (use their outdoor terrace for better viewing options) and an excellent interior design that masterfully creates deluxe atmosphere able to talk to couples and groups alike.
Yet, their real ‘crème de la crème’ is the unique ability to take you around the world, serving you with a French soup, a Thai starter, an Italian side pasta dish, a Mexican main course, a Belgian dessert and a topical Hawaiian cocktail – all in one go. The accompanying music – which is basically a blend of world hits – adds to the atmosphere of international union.
I have to say that prior to visiting the place, I read a review of the venue, warning about their small portions. So, once there, I made sure to order a lot: soup, salad, appetizer, starter, main dish and dessert. You should have seen my face when I saw the portions. Basically, the soup alone – the deliciously creamy New England Seafood Chowder – was able to blow me away. Frutti Di Mare Salad managed to impress as well: the presentation, the fine taste of various ingredients and finally – the portion – made me think that the venue did give good value for money. The Appetizer Sampler which consisted of Buffalo wings, fried Mozzarella sticks, garlic mushrooms and chicken fingers served with honey mustard, garlic mayonnaise and marinara sauce was so filling and nutritious (not necessarily healthy if you are on a diet) that by the time the main course – the Indian Butter Chicken – was served my stomach had zero space for this flavored delicacy. I didn’t surrender though, bravely stuffing myself with the tender chicken, simultaneously telling people to move away in case of my explosion.
Needless to say that the dessert – the German Apple Strudel – was barely touched, but I promised it to come over next time and dig my fork into its soft texture.
The service was indulging, friendly and attentive – an important fact considering how busy they were on that day.
Highlights: Excellent Nile view, amazing décor and dishes from different parts of the world.
Must-Try: The soups and the hot appetizers.
Interesting: All dishes are coming with a flag of the country they are coming from.