With no expense spared, the site formerly known as the Balmoral has been transformed into Cairo's hottest bistro and lounge. ... More
With no expense spared, the site formerly known as the Balmoral has been transformed into Cairo's hottest bistro and lounge. Prepare to be dazzled. Recreating Belle Époque design, each room is elegantly done out to recapture the grandeur of the 1920s. Visitors enter via a beautiful marble foyer. Most head straight for the bistro, where paintings hang on richly painted walls. Others make a bee-line for the U-shaped copper bar, while cigar afficionados have a room of their own. Exquisite oriental antiques and dark oak furniture await those venturing into the elegant lounge. Dress up and book ahead. The management has hired skilled chefs to prepare choice Mediterranean dishes. Entrees, such as the tender chicken brochette marinated in herbs, are well-prepared and presented. Alcohol is served (but at exorbitant prices) and the bartenders are renowned for making heavenly cocktails.
Barten at La Bodega is hidden in what looks like an apartment building and impresses with it's decor and luxurious feel. The bar area itself is small, but the crowd are stylish and laid back making for a comfortable, no hassle evening. Although no entry fee, drinks are expensive in Cairo terms. Low level music and lighting set off an ideal atmosphere for talking and relaxing. A good place to start.