|Category:||Middle Eastern, Oriental|
|Opening hours:||1PM - 5PM / 7PM - midnight|
|Price range:||Expensive (LE150 to LE250)|
|Payment method:||Cash, VI, MA, DI, AMEX|
|Entertainment:||Belly dancer, Oriental band|
For all Oriental cuisine lovers and Lebanese charm seekers, Fayruz is definitely the place to go. A restaurant that is warm and comfortable on all levels is located within the spectacular surrounds of InterContinental Cairo Citystars hotel.
A luxurious dining experience where all senses are delighted offers its guests a warm indoor or a refreshing outdoor area. Peppered with comfy wooden chairs and elegant tables, the interiors boast a stage hosting a gifted belly dancer and an oriental band every night, whereas the exterior is much quieter, offering shisha and a large TV screen, perfectly suitable for watching football matches.
Yet, Fayruz is not just another Lebanese restaurant, featuring a broad variety of original Lebanese mezzahs, main dishes and a delightful range of special desserts. There is something unexplainably oriental about the venue’s atmosphere; whereas the friendliness and warmth of the place’s staff definitely adds to the welcoming feel of the venue.
We started our acquaintance with Fayruz by savoring the well-known Lebanese drink, the Gellab, a traditional dates melasse flavored with rose water, peeled almonds and pine seeds. Reaching a point when we thought that the evening could not get any better, we were further surprised by the selection of excellent dishes over-saturating the menu.
Choosing from the vast array of items, we came up with quick and accurate decisions, at first picking the traditional Taboula (a renowned Lebanese salad with a modern Fayruz touch, featuring shrimp and green apple for an extra flavor) and then the tantalizing starters (the so-called traditional Lebanese mezuzahs, a combo of both hot and cold appetizers, ranging from Hommos, Moutabal, Tabouleh, Assorted Pickles and Moujadara to Meat Samboussak, Cheese Rokak and Spinach Fatayer). Being pretty full, we still could not fight the temptation to order the Breaded Haloumi Cheese, which is yummy in itself but gets much tastier when dipped in hommos.
After priming our buds up with the delicious starters, it was time to make up our minds on the main dish, but since all the items were equally inviting; we had to resort to the help of the venue’s professional staff, who guided us on their list of house specials. We ordered the finger-licking Shabaket El Sayad – a seafood combo of calamari, sea-bass, salmon, shrimp and lobster served on a tabletop grill.
We finished our meal with a delicious milk pudding – Achtalia – topped with nuts and syrup, rose water and pistachios, which successfully created this fabulous multi-level taste incomparable to others.
In conclusion, the restaurant makes a perfect value for money. Being popular with foreigners, it is actually suitable for all those looking to experience a Lebanese night in a gorgeous setting.
Entertainment (band and belly-dancer) is available every night.