I’m not an expert on Egyptian cuisine but (as the saying goes) I know someone who is – the great @yousefalulama – and he arranged for us to visit Cairo 30 at the Pointe on Palm Jumeirah. A bit of trivia before we go on, Cairo 30 is a 1966 Egyptian drama film directed by Salāḥ Abu Seif and based on Naguib Mahfouz’s 1945 novel Modern Cairo. I’m assuming that’s how this well-appointed restaurant got its name. More trivia – Cairo 30 (the restaurant) is owned by the Al Ammor Group. With this wealth of knowledge in hand, let’s move on to the food.
I think Yousef ordered most of the menu. Highlights for me were the Foul, Liver Casserole and Vine leaves with Trotters from the starters – all of which were amazing. We could have (should have) stopped there. Thankfully we didn’t because our mains, especially the Molokhia with Chicken and Tarb (grilled kofta wrapped in lamb fat), were exceptional.
So were the Grilled Kofta and Glazed Mombar, a popular deep fried sausage dish made from sheep casing stuffed with a rice and meat mixture. By this time, we were near comatose but that didn’t stop the restaurant from bringing us some complimentary Basbousa semolina cake with whipped cream to sweeten our mouths at the end of the meal with. Some piping hot tea helped wash it all down.
Service too, was friendly, fast and accommodating. Prices were reasonable; our bill for four (ten items ordered) came to under AED600 – not bad. Our group thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Cairo 30. I wholeheartedly recommend the restaurant to anyone looking for an alternative to the mainstream Arabic cuisine we have gotten accustomed to in Dubai (=Lebanese, Syrian, etc.).
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