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    February 15, 2012

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Business Rating: 4.65     Your Rating: 4  
Category: Restaurants / Dinner
February 15, 2012
Say what you want about Sequoia - awful service, waiters begging for tips, yet another minimum charge policy, but....

Their revamped menu is really good. Forget the old Sequoia of 18 months ago where the most exciting thing on the menu was a giant fruit vase. Now the appetizers are plentiful, well-thought-out, and executed to near perfection.

They finally got rid of the tacky plasma TVs and kept Mori Sushi (thank god).

I am partial to the sticky date cake as a sweet ending to the evening! Try it.

Business Rating: 4.5     Your Rating: 5  
Category: Restaurants / All Meals
February 15, 2012
After spending years in Egypt dumbing down my taste buds, ordering Maison Thomas, and thinking it was amazing ... along came Pizza Mia!

No, it's not perfect. It's not Napoli in Cairo. But it's fresh, they sell by the slice, and the prices aren't astronomical.

I have dabbled in an all pepperoni pizza, the basilica, a seafood variety, and one of the "rolled edges" option. Yum, yum!

All were good, basilica was the best.

Good bye 'wet' Maison Thomas, 'dry' Da Franco, 'rip off' Dominos/Pizza Hut/Papa Johns and hello 'amazing' Pizza Mia!!!!!
Business Rating: 3     Your Rating: 1  
Category: Restaurants / All Meals
February 15, 2012
Yes, the decor is great and will be awesome in the Spring when they can open up the giant glass doors onto the Nile. HOWEVER, and this is a big however, the food is really really bad.

Have the Cairenes and expats gotten so used to horrible food that they think Left Bank is good?

I assure you that if Chef Benoit Laboureux (who designed the menu) was sitting with me last night, he would have walked out of the restaurant without paying.

When ordering my curry chicken sandwich from the surly waiter I became excited by the choice between ciabatta, baguette, or toast. I thought, "hey, this is different, this will be good!" What arrived was a dry ciabatta bun with one piece of uncut chicken breast and some curry dressing (from a jar?). No tomato, no onion, no lettuce, NO LOVE. I think the last time I had a sandwich this horrible was from Cilantro, another joke. At 40LE this was a crime.

The Chicken Caesar Salad was fine. Would I order it again? Nope. This is the type of salad I expect when stopping at a gas station to use the bathroom and I am in desperate need of something to eat. It served its purpose.

The pizza selection is sad. Rocket, Anchovy, or Cheese. Wow, how exciting. I read on Cairo360 that this is the best pizza in Cairo (better than Pizza Mia?!), but its quantity did not make up for its inferior quality.

The only redeeming factor was the dessert. The chocolate dome cake was delicious and the Autumn Sheet was satisfying even if their system registered the product as being 40LE (for a tiny piece), when in fact it was 30LE.

On our table sat a small container of mysterious sauce for the entire meal. When we were finished eating, we finally noticed it. What was that? Tasted garlicy. Could have been delicious ... on something. Maybe our soggy McDonalds french fries that came with the sandwich? Too bad it was never explained to us, just plopped down on the table and left to fend for itself.

Despite the stunning decor, I probably wouldn't even return. I'm sad. It could have been a good thing.
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