Abdu Restaurant: Good food, tourist-oriented.
Abdu Restaurant is almost infront of ElKelany Hotel, so one night I took a dinner of pizza there. Just as rumoured - the food takes a lot of time and quite expensive in local standard, that's why I said it's tourist-oriented. Besides most people dining and hanging out there are tourists.
But their pizza is deliciously cheesy albeit sloppy, still it's tasty, and big enough that I wasn't able to consume it fully. A lot of choices on their menu but costly compared to East West restaurant which is few meters from Abdu's.
Location is right at the center of Siwa, along the several stores and a barbershop, almost fronting both ElKelany and Youssef hotels. Decent restaurant though.
Favorite Dish: cheesy pizza
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East West Restaurant: Reasonably price restaurant in Siwa centrum.
East West Restaurant is between the intersection and the big mosque, in fact it's almost beside the mosque. It's along the main road near the main square.
I know food in Cairo but not very particular in Siwa, I saw some tables in front of the restaurant and some white tourists so I did pulled a chair too and checkout the menu booklet.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinners. In Siwa town, there's not much choice in fine dining - for those who are for it. East West is a decent one though, I ordered curry chicken and rice, taste good though flies keeps on hovering if you're eating at the tables and chairs outside. I ordered their pizza on my second lunch, it's ok but a bit salty for my taste. It's not your typical western pizza so don't expect that sort.
They serve fresh orange juice and nescafe, don't expect to find cappuccino in Siwa or even brewed coffee.
The guy who serve the food and at the same time the cashier was friendly and speaks english.
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Abdi, abdou.: Whatever.
I'll go with Abdi's. that's how they transliterate it. Anyway, it seemed to be the most popular place in town for lunch or dinner, and not simply because of it's central location off Maidan As-suq. The menu is pretty unsurprising, but athe food was good, servings generous and the service efficient and cheerful. And when one afternoon I rolled up a bit late and all the staff were having their lunch, their response to my 'finish your meal, i'll come back in a mo' was to invite me to share their meal. True hospitality!
Abdo's: Banana Honey Pancakes to die for!
Abdo's is across the road from the Yousef Hotel and is quite the hit of Siwa. It is a street front restaurant so you can sit and watch all the happenings. It's always packed and once you taste the food you'll know why. I had both breakfast and dinner there and both were very good. The banana pancakes for which they're famous are less like the pancakes we know in the US and more like crepes, which I don't like at all. Luckily, the texture was close enough to the middle for me to enjoy them and enjoy them I did. Couple that with some fruit and a Nescafe and you're set for a few hours well.
Dinner was fantastic, not only because the chicken curry I had was divine but because the electricity went off for about 30mins and the waitstaff came around and put candles on the table. Totally different mood; candlelit dinner for 1/10 the price I'd pay in New York.
There is an extensive menu, with both local fare and some European and American dishes. Waiters are friendly and depending on where you sit you can see straight through to the kitchen. I always judge a restaurant in Egypt by their tahina (sesame dip) and theirs was pretty good.
Loved it and would definitely go back and recommend it to others. The only downside for me is the cats....but they seem to come as part of the 'outdoor restaurant' experience in Egypt.
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Abdu's: GREAT FOOD!
This was some great food. I had breakast lunch and dinner at this place. The service was friendly and the food was great!
Baware that the dining room is open air. At night the cats come and beg for food. In the morning, make sure they turn on the fans to prevent the flies from coming in.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Cous Cous or Chicken Curry
Kenooz Siwa: Best one
This Restaurant is the best, but also the most expensive one. Located in the Shali Lodge Hotel the interior is oriental style and new, the palmtrees are also inside the rooms, they are a part of the furniture. The food is most egyptian with some western influences.
East West Restaurant: Indi-Egypt
This Restaurant is a good opportunity to sit and enjoy different kind of food. Mainly it is egyptian, but you also can have indian food. Everything is good. The people are also very kind.
Favorite Dish: Vegetable biriani was the best one. It is originally indian, but this cook made the rice so nice, and the range of vegetable inside is good.
Kenooz Siwa: Best in Town ( if you believe LP)
If sitting on cushions on the floor is fine by you, Kenooz Siwa is up your street. With 1 exception, the food here, a mix of local and European dishes is quite good. Ate here twice. If you come in December, remember to rug up. Its a bit cold for a Brisbane boy. The restaurant is open aired, tastefully furnished with friendly and helpfull staff. It is rumoured that shisha is served ! regrettably no alcohol.
Favorite Dish: Don't go near the pizza... it is the only thing on the menu that was rough.
Its rather a tea-cafe. The night we arrived i Siwa, we had no reservation of hotel / hostel or anything. We negotiatied someone at the bus stop and decided to stya for a night there and look for something better next day.
The guy took us to this cafe, full of theose students groups and we could have some late night tea.
The picture was taken duirng the day,
The New Star: Egyptian feast
Whilst in Siwa I ate here most times. Service was terribly slow and even when we ordered food in advance to try and speed things up they still didn't start cooking until we turned up. You need to slow yourself down and just enjoy the xperience. Everything was extremely fresh. The pigeons, which are a speciality, were brought to the table alive to show us how fresh they were. Prices were cheap, cheap, cheap. One night I had a mixed grill of 3 shish kebabs, plus a lump of poultry (not sure if it was chicken or pigeon) an escalope of meat and french fries, for just under £2.50. Even with the starter of babaganoush, tahini,tomato and cucumber salad and olives with flat bread and a bowl of delicious tomato soup with drinks (no alcohol) the meal was less than £3.50 with tip.
Favorite Dish: Lentil soup was moorish. I also tried the chicken Altook, which is chicken stuffed with spicy rice. Lip smackingly good.
There is a couple of decent restaurants at the central round-bout. Choice are imited here as these cafes make money mostly on tourists and tourists are few.
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