Alezba Garden: child friendly rural retreat on the outskirts of Cairo.
Amar El Sham: a wonderful Syrian sohour place during Ramadan, now its own reastaurant near the Sofitel in Zamalek.
Americani Resto: authentic Thai food–perhaps too authentic–catering to the Thai student population of Al Azhar.
Andrea’s Maryutea: Much copied, never equaled, this place deserves regular visits.
Aperitivo: a delightful update to La Bodega’s restaurant space, serving up Italian country food.
Arabesque: restored nightspot in downtown; gone from comatose to happening in the space of a few months.
Aux Delices de Marie: Delightful French countryside cooking at the foot of the Abu Sir pyramids. Unfortunately, now closed.
Bella: not so bella Italian food at the Garden City Four Seasons.
Bistro: an excellent new downtown bar and bistro.
Blackstone/Maadi: a wonderful new American bistro in Maadi.
Blackstone/Zamalek: The successful bistro comes to Zamalek.
Branzino: Thai food out in the Cairo suburbs
The Bread Guide: guide to Cairo’s best baguettes, co-written with my friend Catarina Berglund.
Burger Factory: the best of Cairo’s recent burger fad.
Cafe Mex: a new cafe/shisha addition to Zamalek’s street scene.
Cario Kitchen: delicious home-style Egyptian food – already in Zamalek – arrives in Maadi.
Cellar Door: decent, if not exceptional, international food in Maadi.
Chantilly: old-school splendor along Korba in Heliopolis.
Chop Chop: A decent Asian chain newly arrived in Giza.
Cortigiano: passable Italian food in Dokki.
Don Quichotte: A timeless favorite tucked away in Zamalek, a favorite of Cairo’s senior hipsters.
Estoril: Fustily wonderful old-time downtown place with the best toumeyya in town.
Flying Fish: Classic fish establishment in Agouza which has stood the test of time.
Fromagerie: delightful, if a bit pricey, imported French cheese and home-baked breads. Closed unfortunately.
Fuego: passable suburban dining.
Gourmandise: Maadi’s new branch of this French cafe with superb bread.
Grizzly’s: Competition for Zamalek’s best diner heats up.
Hana Barbeque: Zamalek’s landmark Korean restaurant reopens.
Kamala: delightful Asian fusion food at the Fairmont hotel in the Sawiris towers.
Kebdet El Prince: very possibly Cairo’s most delicious tastes, tucked away in Imbaba.
La Bodega: one of Cairo’s enduring classics. The Bistro side now needs a new home; Aperitivo continues.
La Maison Blanche: Extraordinary, extravagant, quality in the First Mall.
Little Swiss: fondue and Swiss food in Maadi.
Lucille’s: An American diner in Maadi. May have the best burgers and pancakes in town.
Maharani: wonderful Indian food at the Pacha.
Makani: very competitive sushi at this widely available cafe.
Malek El Gambari: Classic local seafood joint in Shubra.
Massala: Spectacular Indian food on a side street in Heliopolos, run by a scion of the Oberoi family.
Matam Al-Khartoum: delightful down-market authentic Sudanese outpost downtown.
Melange: suburban food still lags way behind, this one’s in Sheikh Zayed.
Munch and Bagel: nearly New York quality bagels in Zamalek.
Napa Grill: Californian cuisine at the Fairmont.
Nawab: an unpretentious new Indian joint with a great range of dishes in Zamalek.
Nola: upscale new cupcakes in Zamalek.
On the Border: Surprisingly good Mexican food in City Stars.
Outback Steakhouse: something got lost in translation when this arrived.
Palas ’85: gritty but authentic Malaysian food with a Thai twist in Nasr City.
Pizza Mia: authentic Italian tastes on an unpretentious Zamalek corner.
Rifai: traditional grill in Sayeda Zeinab.
Saffron: Despite location, a suburban gem in 6th of October.
Saigon Bleu: overly indulgent French-Vietnamese fusion cuisine in the Fairmont.
Samar Al-Nil: Ethiopian food in Dokki with a glorious helping of Sudanese and Ethiopian fusion.
Sequoia: Is the doyenne of the Zamalek dining scene worth the hype?
Stavolta: fresh new gelateria in Maadi.
Sugar and Spice: a delightful new bakery in Zamalek started by a friend of mine. Closed unfortunately.
Taboula: Solid Lebanese food in Garden City, right near my office.
Taj Al Sultan: Indian/Arabian food near to Khan Khalili
Tempo: Decent dining in a suburban landscape on the Allegria golf course.
Trattoria: Zamalek’s neighborhood bistro
Uighur/Barakat: Authentic Uighur food serving this western Chinese community’s students studying at Azhar.
The Virginian: Faded, hill-edge bar in Moqattam commanding an extraordinary view of the city.
Wagamama: noodle chain comes to the Sawiris towers.
Zo: Excellent affordable Asian cuisine from the creators of Makani.