By Moataz Sedky
The capital of rock, the famous Hard Rock Café, located in the heart of Egypt, just inside the luxurious Grand Hyatt Hotel, is an impressive location suitable for those who want to party till the wee hours of the morning, or those looking for huge portions of the well-known ‘hard rockish’ dishes and place’s incomparable atmosphere.
One of the most incredible things is perhaps the décor of this venue: overlooking the mysterious Nile, creating a feel of relaxation and tranquility, Hard Rock literally breathes with rock and all its attributes. The pink shirt owned and worn by Elvis Presley, the various musical instruments with celebrities’ autographs, famous photos and, of course, their unforgettable music – all make you think that you sit in a company of famous rock stars.
But as much as the décor is overwhelming, the food is even more appealing. Kick off with their famous Combo Jumbo that includes most of the starters, including the palatable Santa Fe Spring Rolls, the finger-licking Hickory-Smoked Chicken Wings, Onion Rings, Potato Skins and Tupelo Chicken Tenders that have the ability to quench the hunger of up to four people. Go on and order for the main the dazzlingly hot Fajitas (your choice of grilled chicken, beef or shrimps served with the Mexican salad Pico de Gallo, shredded Jack and Cheddar cheeses, fresh Guacamole, sour cream, shredded lettuce and hot tortillas) or the Hickory-Smoked Bar-B-Que Combo (your choice of BBQ ribs, chicken or smoked pulled pork brought to you with fries, ranch beans and fresh coleslaw). For the dessert don’t miss out the tantalizing Apple Cobbler (comes warm with vanilla ice cream, topped with walnuts and caramel sauce).
Hard Rock’s variety of cocktails is also noteworthy; their huge bar carries a broad variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, cocktails and smoothies able to please each and every client. Especially recommended is their Wild Berry Smoothie that you can have in their signature cup, available to clients for an extra fee.
The crowd comprises of the hotel's clientele: high-class guests of all ages and ethnicities. The service is efficient (dishes are served within 15-20 minutes), boasting extremely friendly and knowledgeable waiters, trained and supervised by the exceptional management of Hard Rock, smartly maintaining the international standards of the venue.
· The restaurant has an exclusive private V.I.P lounge overlooking the entire venue, which is perfect for special occasions.
· Salsa Night on Wednesdays from 8:30pm till 1:30am.
· Minimum charge applies; reservation is a must to guarantee your favorite table.
· A merchandise gift shop is attached to the venue, selling a range of Hard Rock’s branded products (T-shirts, caps, shorts, accessories and even cups) for reasonable prices.
· Wireless internet is available (scratch card is required).