I thought it was only an ordinary take away cafe in Giza. After reading the tips from other members, I found out that Felfela is a chain restaurant actually. Anyway, the one I am going to write is Felfela cafe, JUST FOR TAKE AWAY, in Giza near the pyramids. I and my friend took the step pyramids, Giza tour and shopping, and sound and the light show within a day so eating our lunch in a restaurant could waste our time in Giza. Drop by in Felfela cafe to take your food and eat your lunch in the car when you go to the pyramids. Eating in the car will be ok for most of the tour cars. There will be many people in that cafe. You just go to the cashier first and ask her/his advices for your meal, they can speak English well. Pay your meal, collect your coupon, and give your it to the attendants, on the sides of the cashier. Your meal will be ready within a minute. It is located on the main road and having limited parking area. Well, it is only a fast food take away cafe, you can not accept more. Anyway, the taste is good and you could spend more time in the pyramids instead of the restaurant.:-))
Favorite Dish: Try shawarma chicken, a sandwich with marinated chicken grill filling. Shishtawouk is a good choice for a heavier meal. There is a big pancake with the honey on top. I forget what the name is.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Great authentic atmosphere in this restaurant (interesting birdcages & fishtanks around).
Very popular and busy. Get there early, or make a reservation.
Amusing and charismatic staff.
Many dishes to suit vegetarians.
Again, not the cheapest. If I recall we paid 400LE (approx. £30). For a mixed mezze for 2 (around 4 dishes), 2 beers and 2 glasses of wine.
The food was REALLY tasty in here though.... I even preferred it to Abou El Sid's.
Favorite Dish: Again a mix of Mezze dishes for me.
My favourite was the Shakshouka (a dish of baked vegetables, topped with a fried egg, then finished with spicy minced beef and parsley).
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 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.
There are two Felafel operations. The first is a chain of fast-food outlets doing the Egyptian street-food staples ...falafel, fuul, eggs, fries &c. The setup is easy to follow: you pay first , get a ticket which you give to a counterhand, you get your food. It's edible enough (Egyptians eat the stuff) & the prices reasonable: (Egyptians eat the stuff) & the computer ticket system means you know you're not getting ripped off. althoght the prices on the signboard are a bit out of date. (current inflation rate in Egypt is near 8%) It's pretty well spotless and you can get in one hit a combination of things that might involve two or three vendors if bought on the street.
You can sit and eat there (standing up with the TV seemingly always playing Umm Kulthoum) or take your food away.
The restaurant, a few doors up, is a different kettle of fish. I personally disliked it a lot.
I thought the decor cheesy, the food (stuffed pigeon) indifferent and the service dreadful.
Favorite Dish: Takeaway: You can do better, but you can do a lot worse.
Restaurant: The food is no reason to come here. If you don't like the ambiance, AVOID
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.
A busy restaurant located just off Talaat Harb Street. Greeted by a Maitre D and quickly shown to a clean and pleasant table ready for us. They had a good selection of Egyptian/Middle eastern foods or less exotic if you're not feeling too adventurous. The service was prompt and the waiters very pleasant with sufficient English. There is plenty on the menu for Vegetarians.
We all enjoyed our meal and felt satisfied at the end. I can't remember the bill at the end but it was probably in the order of about GB£6 - 7 each including drinks.
Favorite Dish: The Baba Ganouche ( pureed aubergine) as a starter was very good. We were all very hungry and they kept bringing more unleavened bread to mop up the various mezze dishes. My daughter enjoyed her chips and she liked the chicken as well - no complaints.
Located in downtown Cairo, steps from Talaat Harb Street, Felfela is Cairo's most famous restaurant for traditional Egyptian cuisine. The large dining room is cavernous and divided into several areas, each of which is decorated with old world antiques. Due to its fame and ability to accommodate large groups, Felfela is popular among tourists. However, it is also popular among the Cairene population. It is well worth a visit for a safe introduction to authentic Egyptian cuisine.
Favorite Dish: Koshari and Om Ali (for dessert).
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!
Our first offer was to go to a "buffet" for about $20.00 each. This is a lot by Egyptian standards and is a cash grab for tourists.
With some pressure from us our guide eventually remembered a local place, which turned out to be a chain called Felfela. This was
wonderful. We had a feast of a fluffy sort of pita, hummus, salad, veggie burgers, and grilled meat all for about $7.00 each.
We'd go again!! This is a great way to sample some local dishes on the cheap!