in Cairo

For authentic Egyptian flavours in a tourist-free environment, head to Balcona after 9pm to enjoy a quiet evening of kofta and bread. Black-and-white photos of guest celebrities adorn the walls, giving a sense of history to an otherwise understated decor. Specialities include staples like roasted chicken in walnut or a spinach-based molokhiyya sauce, and moussaka with aubergine, tomato and minced meat. No alcohol. Reservations recommended.