Restaurants and bars in Luxor June 2008
Sheraton Hotel : "La Mamma" Italian Jules had salmon and lemon starter 1/10 lets just say the salmon was “well traveled” and veal as main 9/10 I had lentil soup (more like tomato) 5/10 and for main, pepper steak 6/10 price comparable with UK (not cheap by Egyptian standards)
Sheraton hotel main restaurant breakfast buffet : (included on B+B) typical continental style buffet breakfast 6/10 acceptable but would not have liked to have paid for it!
Sheraton hotel Indian restaurant did not eat as prices too high (example pilau rice LE40 approx£4 and most curries e.g. jalfrezi LE125 approx £12.50)
Sheraton hotel main restaurant dinner buffet : food again ok limited choice of meat. chicken or wait for the one chef to individually prepare cook slices of beef (queues formed for this service) and expensive approx £15 per head without beer, the local beer incidentally was the most expensive we found in Luxor locally produced (not the Belgium variety) Stella 4.5% alc by vol @ LE30 Egyptian approx £3-00 for 500ml bottle and local Sakara beer at LE35 approx £3-50 for 500ml.
Maximes Restaurant (5mins walk into town from Sheraton) Egyptian restaurant well presented in upstairs triangular shaped room food good and reasonably priced (no alcohol).
The Two Johns at the Gaddis Hotel Khaled Bin El-Walid Street : This bar and restaurant entered through Gaddis hotel head strait through from the front of hotel and then upstairs at the back of the hotel, clean and cool bar but not a great deal of atmosphere, but at the time we visited we were the only customers (approx 7-00pm) Stella LE10 we did not eat.
Murphy’s Irish bar side street adjacent to the Steigenberger Nile Palace Khaled Bin El-Walid Street, imposing front entrance in non-impressive side street. Bar decent inside, looked like disco and bar downstairs and a restaurant and bar upstairs with pool table. Stella LE10 did not eat but food prices seemed reasonable (like most restaurants visited in Luxor the menu was not very adventurous!)
Ali Baba Bar and Grill (open air) probably one of the best views in Luxor situated behind Luxor temple past the ubiquitous McDonalds, heading south, totally Egyptian? and sort of tatty around the edges (and in the middle for that matter) But spoke English, bar not very cool on a hot June day, beer not particularly cold but cheap as anywhere LE10 food was served but we did not eat. Definitely recommended for authenticity and spectacular view. (warning as with some bars in Luxor the entrance is usually by an uninviting hallway and passage, this one seems designed to trip the unwary, as the entrance to this upstairs bar is by rickety stairs with a carpet that does not seem to be attached anywhere! Be warned!)
7 Days 7 Ways Restaurant and Royal Oak "pub" English managed restaurant 5mins walk from Sheraton hotel. Highly recommended and Best food value/quality/service we experienced while in Luxor. Stella LE10 bottle of Egyptian wine LE75 approx £7 we ate here twice whilst in Luxor and the food and value where the best we had! Again the entrance is though a narrow hallway situated between shops an could easily be missed it does have a sign above the doorway for 7 days 7 ways and Royal Oak pub which is in the same building on the floor above and is run by the same people with the same cleanliness and value for money!
Mercure Hotel Cornish El Nile Street, this was only hostelry we managed to visit the previous time we where in Luxor 3 years earlier Highly recommend the eastern style mixed grill which comes on its own charcoal burner at the LE CHAMPOLION Restaurant, which although unusually positioned in the foyer area, it serves excellent food with a friendly smile, Also recommended is the EL SARAB BAR bar located to the right as you enter the hotel which has a happy hour? sic! between 5pm and 7pm but rather unusually its pay full price for the first drink??????