We late-lunched at Felfela off or Tahir square at 15 Sharia Hoda Shaarawi. Simple and tasty middle-eastern vegetarian faire. (mid-eastern salads, beans, falafel ). Disappointing that in the Egyptian cuisine, humus is not a special salad. The lentil soup was a treat with a subtlety of spices and accompanying fresh lemon (actually lime). Four of us ate for EP 100 including tax and added-in tip.
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Very clean. No Egyptian bottom afterwards. Good choice of Egyptian and other foods average price around 80p per meal. I bought 3 main courses, 3 sweets and 3 drinks and the whole bill came to about LE800 (about £7.90).
Favorite Dish: Fillet steak. Ask for it well done though just to be on the safe side.
Listed as one of the "Must Do's" in Cairo by Frommers, Felfela restaurant is one of those places you either hate or love...judging by past reviews on VT and other similar sights.
We found it delicious, enjoyable, great ambiance and overall, a wonderful way to sample some local food with the aide of very helpful staff who tediously explained to us and aided with recomendations.
We would make this a must go in any future trips to Egypt.
Having gone during Rhamadan, the place was quiet and service was impeccable, I don't know if this contributed to our experience or not.
Favorite Dish: The food is all served at once, and I admit, can be overwhelming when you first see the numerous dishes arrive!
Have no fear, you'll get through them all and only after you've had a chance to take it all in, do ou realize it is pre-portioned according to number in your party! We each had "just enough" for a sampling of each item!
We particularly enjoyed the tahini, the lamb kabobs and the felafels were EXCELLENT! Hot, delicious and fresh with fresh herbs, they melted in our mouths.
The Fava beans were also eqaully wonderful as was the lentil paste with lemon.
We enjoyed non-alcoholic beer and sodas for drinks.
Meal was included as part of our "tour" but have it understood that it is quite affordable and reasonable to eat here.
We would happily recomend this place to our clients/friends when visiting Cairo.
This restaurant chain seems to pride itself in its decor. Both the ones I tried near the Giza pyramids and the one in central Cairo just of Midan Talaat Haarb have their own special safari/rainforest decor. They don't stinge on it either, so the resulting ambience is quite unique and pleasant.
For a quiet evening without leaving central Cairo, consider the one off Talat Haarb street. Tables are spaced far apart, and there's a hush all over the place.
Favorite Dish: Try the ice cream dessert that comes with rice pudding. It's a magical concoction on a hot day!
Has an extensive selection of everything Egyptian and desserts such as rice pudding. The larger joints also have clear English menus. Pay first at the counter and present the bill by the food collection counter to get your meal. Cheap but relatively efficient, though it can be overwhelmed during peak times due to its popularity with the locals as well.
Also ate twice at Felfela's proper restaurant joints, and the decor is a great plus. Charge quite a bit more due to taxes, so opt for fastfood if you need to save.
French fries also bear the greatest resemblance to those seen in western countries, so good for those feeling homesick.
A meal would only cost about LE 5.
Favorite Dish: Chicken shawarma is great! It's the way they grill it and the flavourings... just GREAT.
But you can't go wrong with most of the dishes like kebab and kofta.
Again, ambience at the Felfela Restaurant very cosy and you can choose from air-con dining area accompanied with mini fountains to create a sense of tranquility or you can dine outside the terrace, caireness way of enjoying supper with some 'not so loud' arabic music, again you can enjoy pyramids view especially in the night coz on the other side of the pyramids the giza town, between 6 - 9pm sound and light shows operates daily, the benefits of the light shine upon the other side where we were staying and eating.
Besides that there is a personal waite or butler you call it will come and serve you from the beginning to the end. Please give some good baksheehm they work very hard over there : D
Favorite Dish: Typical egyptian meal you shoud start is:
Also known as pitta bread, eat it with sesame & yogurt dip or humus dip.
Cost : 70ptrs per piece
KOSHARI - recommended
A plate of mix salad (combination of pasta, rice, fava beans, and fried onions) served with spicy salsa sauce and mediternean tomato salsa.
Cost : LE13 per plate
Normally served 2 pieces per person, so make sure dont order too much. Need not to comments this, MUST TRY & MUST EAT.
Cost : LE8 per serving
GRILLED CHICKEN KEBAB
Wow..so tasty, grilled with capsicum, the heavenly barbeque smell really makes my mouth watering now...served with chips (why chips?) and some salads and sliced tomato
Cost : LE25 per serving
CALAMARI & EGYPTIAN STICKY RICE
ANOTHER delicious dish, Fried Calamari with spices, so fresh, served wih spiced glutinous rice (very tasty, wish i can eat all of it but already eaten so many dishes) again served with chips? and some salads and sliced tomato.
Cost : LE33 per serving
Total cost is lest than GBP10 (includes beverages) for two person only
GBP1 equals to LE10
Felfela Restaurant is Cairo famous chain restaurant and apparently only available at two places. One in El Tahrir and one at Giza so happens that just few minutes walk from Le Meridien Cairo. You can actually seat at the terrace enjoy your lunch accompanied with a great view of Pyramids.
Do follow up with my next few tips for Dinner at Falafel Restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Like most VT members suggested to try the taamiya falafel! It should be a must try and must eat when you visiting Cairo. Its was truly delicious, full of spice fragrance and I even ate it as my main meal of my first night in the City...
Oh..i miss the falafel. its actually a fava bean deep fried (somehow they did it dry and not oily and crispy the moment you bite it and it really melt in your mouth..its difficult to describe until you eat it your self.]
Cost of the food itself very cheap. My 1st nite take away meal
Taamiya Falafel - LE6 for two pieces
Kofta Sausage on bread - LE8 just like a kebab, but with tasty lamb sausage.
GBP 1 equals to LE10.
Felfela has English speaking staff which is a bonus & they sell tasty, reasonable priced Egyptian specialities. The restaurant caters for everyone but mainly tourists. It used to be strictly vegetarian but now sells meat dishes too.
The food is delicious & i always return to Felfela everytime i go to Cairo. Its always busy which is a good sign of good food!
OK, nothing special. I am a vegetarian so the dishes served in the Felfela next door are actually more appealing. Not to mention much less expensive. The menu is a problem as they do not have the arabic names for the dishes, so you have to ask what each one is in arabic to figure out the dish based on the description.
10% tax + 12% service are added on to the bill at the end.
Funny to write a tip about a restaurant you haven't been to. But the prices are some 5-fold those you find in other smaller, less splurgy places around there. Locals eat with 2-3 Egyptian pounds (that's about 50 cents) but if you want a real clean place you should budget some 6-7 pounds (1 euro). That's why I don't agree with most of you when you rate this place "less expensive than average".
Definitely aimed at the tourist. It has a rustic feel , and always very busy.
The food is Egyptian from meze , [ I love the toumiyya] -molochiya-kebabs- lentil soup- kushari
The history of the restaurant itself is fascinating.
And service is always good
Favorite Dish: I like it all!
Our tour leader took us to Felfela's to experience authentic Egyptian cuisine.
There seemed to be quite a lot of other tour groups also experiencing authentic cuisine also.
I ordered mango juice to drink.
We were served a set menu, the only variation being the main course which could either be shish kebab or shish kebab.
We started with mezze dishes of tahina, pickles, babaganoush, falafel, tomato and cheese salad, roasted eggplant strips etc served with arabic bread.
Then the main courses were bought out, I had the chicken which was not the best quality meat I've ever seen.
Dessert was baked rice pudding which was sweet and refreshing.
Favorite Dish: The roast eggplant, and falafel were the best I've tasted. And the rice pudding was pretty good as well.
The mango juice was thick and sweet - really nice and refreshing. I had about 3 glasses.
Felfella restaurant comes highly recommended by many people and that includes me. Its a great restaurant with a wide choice on the menu and the food is great and cheap! We had vegetable casserole, chips and chicken kebab for ?45(GBP?7).
This chain of resturants called Felfela is well known, they offer all kind of food specially the local egyption food, but you can find italian,french,american and others... all food is fresh and resonable prices
Favorite Dish: the local dish called FLAFEL
Felfela Restaurant, 15 Sharia Hoda Shaarawi
An authentic - that is real - Egyptian restaurant, a place where you are as likely to be eating alongside Egyptians as well as tourists.
Prices are excellent and the service is very good, most of the waiters are extremely helpful.
Favorite Dish: Excellent fuul and ta'amiyya, some decent interpretions of foreign dishes! I would go for a mezze and a decent side salad.