Abou El Sid
Good for: people watching, artistic crowd, intimate atmosphere, Wonderful food, intriguing atmosphere
Not good for: families with small children, atmosphere, customer service
- 157 Sharia 26th of July
- 2 2735 9640
- mezze E£12-25, mains E£25-70
Lonely Planet review for Abou El Sid
Cairo’s first hipster Egyptian restaurant, Abou El Sid is as popular with tourists as it is with upper-class natives looking for a taste of their roots – Omar Sharif has been known to savour the chicken with molokhiyya (stewed leaf soup), but you can also enjoy a sugar-cane-and-tequila cocktail at the big bar, or a postprandial sheesha. It’s all served amid hanging lamps, kitschy gilt ‘Louis Farouk’ furniture and fat pillows. The entrance is on the west side of the Baehler’s Mansions complex; look for the tall wooden doors. There’s another branch in Mohandiseen, on Midan Amman ( [tel] 3749 7326). Reservations are a must.