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Downtown Cairo has been the urban and commercial centre of the Egyptian city of Cairo since the 19th century. Popular among tourists, downtown has a bustling dining scene. We take a look at the best restaurants this neighborhood has to offer.
Sushi has been embraced the world over. From America to Australia, the raw fish dishes have managed to find a place in every city – and Cairo is no different. A lot of Japanese-themed and sushi-serving restaurants have opened up, but Sushiramis is one of the finest. Located in the InterContinental and sharing a space with the Corniche Café, it is a classy space with pretty decor and a live pianist. The menu has all the classic nigiri and sashimi selections, including maguro (tuna), sake (salmon) along with unagi (eel) and tako (octopus) among others. Try their combination platters as they are delicious.
Garden City, Qasr an Nile, Cairo, Egypt +20 2 27957171
Located on the 36th floor of the Ramses Hilton Hotel, Windows on the World offers spectacular views over Cairo. The restaurant offers international cuisine along with cocktails. Try the goat’s cheese salad for starters and then move on to the grilled sea bass fillet for the mains. End your meal on a high with their sweet temptations (a selection of French pastries, oriental pastries and cake). With its excellent service and dim lighting, Windows on the World is an good choice for romantic dinners.
1115 Corniche El Nil, Downtown, Cairo, Egypt +20 2 25777444
Get your creative fix at Le Grillion. Filled with artsy types, it has a relaxed, fun atmosphere across indoor and outdoor sections. The outdoor area is mainly for drinks and shisha, while indoors is for dining, and both have different menus. Most of the dishes come from the grill. Don’t leave without tasting the artichokes with minced meat.
Al Ismaileyah, Qasr an Nile, Cairo, Egypt +20 2 25743114