~ Zigolini (Located in Movenpick Resort & Casino ~: ~ Delicious Italian Food ~
As you walk through the promenade along the beach all the hotels have menu's outside so you can eat at any of them as alot of hotel restaurants in Sharm are all welcome to the public.
Our first night in Sharm we went to the Italian at the Movenpick Resort and Casino Hotel.
The restaurant overlooks the pool and the centre of Naama Bay and has a nice warm atmosphere.
The menu is varied with lots to choose from, Steaks, Pasta, Salad, Pizza, Spaghetti and a big selection of desserts and all at a good price.
The restaurant was very clean and the tables were set really nice with candles which was really cosy and quite romantic. If you want an excellent clean restaurant with good standards of food then do come here, you wont be dissapointed.
It is open from 7.00pm to 1.00am every night of the week.
Favorite Dish: We had Pizza and spaghetti bolognese, then ice cream for dessert. We also had some beers with our meal. The meal was good value for money and not as expensive as we thought it would be for hotel food.
Pomodoro (Camel Hotel); On Deck Restaurant (Lido): A few decent restaurants
We found few decent restaurants in Sharm El Sheik (Naama Bay). Two jewels, however, were Pomodoro (Camel Hotel) and the On Deck Restaurant (Lido Iberohotel). Both offered a wide selection of freshly cooked, good quality, good value meals.
Pomodoro offers a high street location, great for people watching. The staff are pleasant and the food excellent. Those with families will really appreciate the combination of European and International cuisine at extremely competitive prices.
The On Deck Restaurant is tucked away from the main Naama Bay strip as part of the Lido Iberohotel. The On Deck Restaurant is just that, an extensive deck that stretches into the illuminated crystal clear waters of the Red Sea. As you dine fish swim just a metre below you. The waiters are as attentive as the location spectacular, and provides a haven of peace away from the sights and sounds of the rest of Naama Bay. The food is slightly more expensive, but well worth the extra. A chillout bar complements the restaurant, providing excellent cocktails or simply a decent cup of tea.
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Al Fanar: Fairytale Clifftop Eatery
At the end of a short afternoon coach tour of the highlights of Sharm el Sheikh, our tour guide brought us to this wonderful spot.
The restaurant and bar is open air, and is perched on a clifftop overlooking the sea.
The landscaping is perfectly coordinated to set off the dusk, sunset, and evening perfection of Red Sea weather. The restaurant and bar covers a large area of open space, and is furnished with wooden chairs, swings, plantpots, straw unbrellas, all hung with fairy lights which twinkle on at the hint of sunset and create a magical wonderland as it gets dark.
I just had a drink, but I am told that the food is excellent and mainly Italian fare.
It's a perfect place to go with the love of your life - it would be hard to find anything so romantic. Walk hand in hand along the cliff path through this venu and watch the sky turn from blue to pink to grey to black. The stars will be twinkling in the sky, in the fairy lights, and in your eyes.
The photos which I'll post here do not really do it justice.
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Kanabesh (on the beach): Lovely Setting
In Naama Bay, there are 2 Kanabesh restaurants. I think they are under the same management.
One is along the main stretch of King of Bahrain St and has a streetside setting. The other, which we visited, is on the beach.
The tables and chairs are laid out on the sand on top of huge rugs so you aren't getting your feet sandy. The cooking station is also on the beach, and everything is cooked fresh to order.
A network of lanterns, multicoloured glass roofs and woodwork covers the restaurant, making it a wonderful setting for dinner, with a candlelit atmosphere.
We liked this restaurant so much we visited it 3 times. If you arrive after 8.30pm, you may have to have a table a set up at the edge of the restaurant area. No big deal, but we preferred being more in the centre of everything.
The food is international, and really good value. For starters there are various soups, salads and mezze available, starting from £1. For main course, there is a mix of steak dishes (£5-£7) chicken dishes (£4-6), pizzas (from £1.60 and which are on a seperate menu which you have to ask for), some vegetarian dishes: vegetable curry £2.50, vegetable gratin £2.50 and a wide range of seafood from £3-£7 which was very popular and many people were ordering.
It's nice to be able to see your food being cooked to order, and you are sure to be warmly walcomed by the lovely owner/manager "Woggy". He is most proud of his restaurant, and treats everyone with the utmost respect - the same way which we treated him. We chatted about Cairo where he is from, and his love of Sharm El Sheikh.
Favorite Dish: Despite liking spicy foods, we really loved the Pizza served here. For £1.60 you'd get a magharita pizza (or any other pizza from their menu, upto about £2.50) which was approximately 12" in diameter. As far as pizzas go, it was delicious.
Thats not to say there is anything wrong with the other dishes we had. The steak portions were generous and cooked exactly how we asked. They came served with either rice or chips.
There was a large drinks menu, and we would normally have a bottle of Obelisk red wine at a cost of around £8. The total bill including taxes would be anything from £15 - £25 for the 2 of us. Approximately 22% in taxes is added to your bill.
There is a good dessert selection too, and Woggy was kind enough to make the creamy Movenpick vanilla ice cream and cappuchino we had ordered complimentary.
So, although there are various restaurants along the beach, and I'm sure most of them are very good, we very highly recommend Kanabesh.
Camel Rooftop: Best rooftop in town
At the top of the Camel Hotel you will not only find a great bar and some great late night food, but also a fantastic view. If you're dying for a good burger and are not too fond of McDonald's get one over here. Thick piece of beef with veggies, cheese and the lot... Good sh!t indeed.
Favorite Dish: Definitely try the burger and order a Sakkara beer on the side. The best combo you can get over here!
~ Peking Chinese Restaurant ~: ~ Excellent Value for Money ~
The food at this restaurant was unbelievable, it was so tasty & although i was full i couldnt stop eating because it tasted so good.
There were 4 of us having a meal together & between us we ordered 8 different dishes & shared them all so we could all try the different foods.
The restaurant is on the second floor & is open top roof, you can see people in the streets from the top & enjoy the views.
The staff are very friendly & speak English very well too. For the 4 of us the cost was so cheap it was only 300 Egyptian Pounds for everything, which included our 8 dishes, rice for us all, drinks (alcholic too) & also ice cream for afters. Id recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Chinese.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Chow Mein & Chicken in Black pepper sauce....Yummy!
See the website below for a full menu.
Hard Rock Cafe, Sharm: Great Burgers & Lush Cocktails
Hard Rock Cafe was a great night out, we thought we'd try it as ive only ever been to the Hard Rock Cafe in Paris. There are men on the door who let you through, very friendly & they welcome you into the cafe.
We had to wait for a table as it was really busy, but the atmosphere was great, lots of people having fun & chatting, a waiter would welcome you over to the bar area whilst you waited for a table & then they would call your name out when a table is free.
The surroundings in the Hard Rock Cafe were great, lots of nice photos all around & music playing, even the waiters got up for a dance to some of the songs which was good.
Favorite Dish: There is lots of American style food to choose from, burgers, pizzas, fries etc.. I had a chicken burger with fries & the portions are really large! I couldnt even eat it all.
see the website above for full menu.
The prices are good too, you paid around $5.00 for a meal. You could buy alcohol here, they had beers, wines, cocktails you name it.... you could buy huge cocktails for $10 & you got to keep the Hard Rock Cafe glass as a sovenir.
Kanzaman Restaurant: Relax Bedouin style
There are loads of Bedouin style bars and restaurants lining the pedestrian zone in Naama Bay - but I think this one is best :)
The food is lovely, the staff are quick and friendly, the price is very reasonable and you could easily fall asleep on those massive cushions.
Favorite Dish: Choose all starters! We had three starters between us and then chose a main each. We were stuffed after the starters. Bread is complementary and we made the mistake of asking for more - they brought us a bakery.... and we couldn't finish all our bread they insisted on giving us a carrier bag to take it all home!
The Souk, Hyatt Regency: A great night
The Souk has a bit of everything! As a bit of a 'foodie', I was a little sceptical; I usually like A La Carte restaurants.
When you arrive, you are lead to your table. Within a minute, you are served some freshly made pitta bread (the bread chef has the traditional oven and you can watch him make the pittas) with tahini. You are also handed a black velvet bag of fake coins. Each is worth 20 Egyptians POunds (LE) or just under £2.
Around the outside of the seating area, are several cooking stations. There is an Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and a dessert station too. Some nights, the Mexican will offer an Indian menu instead. Each station has a chalkboard with that evenings offerings, plus the number of coins each dish costs. So for example, at the Mexican station, a huge plate of nachos covered in cheese and salsa to start was 2 coins (£4), then perhaps followed by beef Enchiladas, 4 coins (£8). You tell the chef what you want, hand over your coins as if you were in a souk , and he tells you how long it will be (usually between 5- 15 minutes) and then you go get your food. Now, as far as Sharm El Sheikh in general goes, the Souk is quite expensive in comparison, but still in line with what a hotel of this calibre usually charges. (And average compared to UK prices).
There is a stage which has several entertainment acts each night, from etnic dancers, belly dancers, music bands. I'm not usually fussed by entertainment, but at the Souk it really added to the atmosphere and all the acts were very good.
Favorite Dish: How do iIchoose one!
Well first of all, the dessert station is to die for. As well as a variety of ice creams with daily special flavours, they also have a display case of every other dessert you could want, as well as fresh fruit with various coulis and purees. One favourite ice cream of mine was (wait for it) BASIL flavoured ice cream (delicious!), and my husband had a passion fruit cheescake with chocolate biscuit base.
As far as savoury food goes, the mealballs I had form the Middle Eastern station were delicious. The Mezze buffet was great too. For 2 coins, you could help yourself, and one plate filled up served both of us for a starter and some!
One night when Indian food was being served, I had veal tandoori which was really good; the meat was a really good cut. As for the Italian station - my favourite. The 'design your own pizza' was good, and cost 3 coins, and each day they would have a variety of pasta shapes such as fusilli or farfalle, and a variety of sauces, such as pesto, alphonso and napoletana. We always had a good chat with the chef there too.
We ate in the Souk nearly every night that we weren't in Naama Bay, and usually finished off hte evening with a sheesha for 14 LE.
Overall, highly recommend if staying at the Hyatt.
Habibi: Locals Grill
This place is a good,down to earth locals grill/BBQ restaurant.The food is great and you get loads of it,every thing from chicken to mixed grill or any meat by the kilo or part of(quarter,half etc) and it is all very,very cheap. A quarter kilo of mixed kofta and beef kebab with rice(really nice),bread,dips and salad is LE22(£2.20).A mixed grill LE25(£2.50) and thats with a soup starter and the usual bread etc.They only serve soft drinks of coffea but are fine if you want to take your own alcohol in with you.You can sit inside but we always sit in the garden at the back.This place now incorperates Yahaa takeaway which used to be along the front of the Aqua Blu.The take away sandwiches from this place are second to none,try the Eggs pastrama sandwich for a real treat,at only LE5 each a real bargain to.
Favorite Dish: Mixed grill/Local food/sandwiches.
Dananeer Seafood & Steakhouse: Best Seafood & Service
We found this hotel after we had been in Sharm for about a 5 days, and ate there for the rest of our holiday!!!! What attracted us was the fact that it was always busy, so it must have been good!!!! The food was delicious & the service great.
Favorite Dish: Personally I enjoyed the Seafood pancakes for starters and the surf & turf for main - a large fillet steak served with either large prawns, or lobster. You couldn't fault the food here, we tried steak, lobster, fish - all the food was the best we tried in Sharm & wonderfully presented.
Tandoori Indian Restaurant: Award winning Indian restaurant
In the patio of the Camel Hotel you will find another excellent restaurant. This is an award winning restaurant and a favourite with the locals and guests. The service again is superb and so is the food. They have many different types of rice and the currys are fantastic.
Favorite Dish: Had a meal with two Portuguese I met while diving. We shared a few currys. Tandoori chicken, Rogan Josh and some other dish. We had white rice with coconut, and fried rice with raisins and nuts. All delicious and served in large portions. On the side we also had poppadums, some garlic naan bread and some other small snacks I forgot the name of. If you like Indian food this restaurant is a must when you're in Sharm!
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Pomodoro: Lunchtime buffet
The pomodoro is Ok in the evening but we found it much better(and cheaper) during lunch time.It is nicely air conditioned with a laid back yet still vibrant atmosphere.The quality is the same as in the evening with either a normal menu and full or salad buffet.
Update.Due to the present downturn in tourism Pomodoro at present no longer operate the lunchtime buffet.It they reinstate it I will report it on here.22/3/12.
Favorite Dish: The salad buffet is the one we always go for.Eat all you want including the superb fresh onion bread,all for LE17 (£1.70).
Sinai Star: Seafood Paradise
This place is great for sea food. Situated in the old town, the queues can be very very long but this just goes to show how popular the restaurant is.
The food is simple but good and for less than £10, they will give you a gigantic platter of seafood (fish, prawns, squid and lobster mainly) which is grilled or fried served with plenty of pita bread, houmous and rice. The platters are big enought to feed four or five people with decent appetites so the cost per head is very low!!
Bear in mind though that this is not the kind of place that you come to for a relaxing meal or to hang out. People come here for the food rather than the banter so dont be expected if you get seated at a table full of people you dont know!!
Favorite Dish: Since I am allergic to shell fish, I had to stay clear of the prawns, but the grilled fish and squid were excellent!!
Little Buddha: Little Buddha, more like HUGE
Wow, i was impressed when arriving into this restaurant. It's absolutely beautiful. The size is impressive too, not what you expect from the outside. We were escorted downstairs, where the huge buddha lives...I don't know why the call it little? Hehe. The layout and atmosphere in the restaurant was brilliant as we were shown to our seats. I couldn't fault the service at all.
We were then given a menu to choose from, a really nice choice. I was daring and decided to have a starter aswell as a main. I had a ceasar salad, which were delicious. I had to stop myself from eating it as i know i wouldn't eat my main. For my main i had orange chicken, which came on a plate, with lots of it. I couldn't even eat a quatre and i was full. It was absolutely beautiful though.
I wouldn't say the meal was cheap, it was approximately 38 british pounds for two starters, two mains, a coke and beer. It was well worth the money.
I will definately be returning again.
Favorite Dish: They had a lot to choose from, but i would say the ceasar salad...you get a lot for a starter, so i think you'd have to be really hungry to eat a starter and a main.
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