Essence, Mohandessin

<Original article over at Cairo360>

I’ve been on a bit of an Subcontinental food buzz recently; and an invitation to take AmounsBouche back to Essence Barbecue in Mohandessin was one i could not resist. We both love Massala at the Karvin Hotel, but being bound to the island of Zamalek and its immediate vicinity, we were pleased to finally have an alternative to the horrendous Nawab when the curry bug bites.

Nothing has changed from my previous review – the Pakoras are still among the best things I have ever eaten; pungently spiced with an impossibly light and airy texture and the potato samosas are little potato curry flavor grenades. We did not like the meat samosas, which had a strong lamb flavor, but were bland otherwise.

The kitchen clearly enjoys the process of creation, even going so far as to add a little black salt to the lemonade we ordered. It was a nice flourish, i thought, but it should have been announced to prepare us for the added twist. It was sent back in favor of the more boring ‘regular’ lemonade (but they did add a tinsel umbrella…) Probably more successful is their new Lunch menu, offering both vegetarian and carnivorous options for a flat price of EGP50. Included are four courses, and it can be ordered, and indeed is designed for, takeaway.

The service is still as fresh faced as ever, and the head waiter is more comfortable and familiar with all the items on the menu. We didn’t get a chance to meet the Chef this time, but if you take my word for it, she won’t be leaving cairo anytime soon.

Cooking time: 5 minutes



About Wesam E Masoud
Chef Patron of @chefsmarketmasr, Host of @CBCSofra's #matbakh101. I have one degree in Medicine & 3rd degree burns from cooking.

6 Responses to Essence, Mohandessin

  1. Sarah Carr says:

    Wesam does it have many vegetarian options do you recall?

    • Wesam Masoud says:

      Affirmative: about a third of their menu is dedicated to vegetarian options; even their new Lunch Menu can be entirely vegetarian. I’ve had the Daal Tarkewali before, and honestly I’ve had better (Indira, Holiday Inn City Star), and much worse (Nawab). Other than that, I can’t give much more advice since I’m a confirmed flesh eater.

  2. Sheeko Zalata says:

    Egypt should invade Libya and tacos are fucking delicious!

  3. Karim El Shayib says:

    This is chain, right? Why not talk about different option for food chain like this one? Maybe “best option for food for quickly” Think about it, I would definitely be very interest.

    • Wesam Masoud says:

      As far as I know, this is the only one in Egypt. I’ve met the owner and executive chef, and I’m pretty sure it is the product of their own hard work and imagination. “Best option for food quickly?” Campbell’s Tomato Soup and a Grilled swiss & pepperjack cheese sandwich: few things make me smile faster.

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