Ristorante Tuscany bravely occupies a quite elegant ambiance, along two other restaurants (Saraya and Steak House), on the first floor deep inside Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Khayyam Casino in Zamalek.
The mellow pastries are cut freshly on the middle fountain that serves as a table for the utensils, and are served with olive dip, peperoni dip and basil dip. Every delectable bite is worth getting fat for.
The deep-fried shrimps appetizers ‘Frito Misto Di Pesce’ is so pleasingly but the spicy tomato basil sauce lifts the humble fish to the sublime. If you are looking for something light, fresh and untraditionally tasty, we recommend ‘Panzanella’ salad with romaine lettuce, basil, plump and cherry tomato and fresh mozzarella.
In the main course, the grilled chicken plate has the requisite wow factor, served with chopped herb, roasted potatoes, garlic marinade and lemon caper juice. While the mouth-watering veal escalope ‘Scalopine al Limone’, with its juicy lemon caper sauce and side bights of roasted potatoes and asparagus, is the defiant star of the main course.
For dessert, the ‘Cannoli’ is perfectly crisped on the outside covering a layer of heavenly cream on the inside and sprinkled on both sides with fresh pistachio powder and served with a delight of cherry compote. While the flavorsome rich creamy ‘Tiramisu’ is the real winner.
The leading, highly respected and multi-award winning Malaysian-based Genting, has teamed up with Misr Hotels, a subsidiary of the Holding Company for Tourism and Hotels, to open the first Crockfords Club outside of the UK at The Nile Ritz-Carlton. To mark the official opening, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place followed by an exclusive and lavish party attended by prominent members of the diplomatic, business and social communities. The Genting President and CEO Paul Willcock spoke of the importance that such investments play in revitalizing tourism in Egypt, a country with a unique heritage, and the hope that this investment will give impetus for other investors to explore similar opportunities.
Egypt has a lot to offer when it comes to Oriental cuisine. If you don’t know where to stop for a meal that translates the true essence of Egyptian authenticity, nothing is quite as fine and delicate on the taste buds as InterContinental Citystars’ ‘Al Khal’.
Make sure to try their Orzo Soup, totally unbeatable. The Lentils Soup is very tasty. The Spicy Old Cheese is mouthwatering. You will fall in love with the Stuffed Vine Leaves and Aubergine with Babaghanoug and Yougurt Salad, while The Alexandrian Liver is delectable and cooked to perfection.
For the main course, The Shrimps Tagine is a different story, the Moza Tagine is finger liking with the rich and inviting veal served in a bed of equally delicious vermicelli. Yet the true King of the show is the Molokhya with its nice and richly fulfilling stock that was freshly prepared in a wheel stove by the table. It can be served with shrimps, chicken or rabbits.
Believe us when we tell you that it is hard to resist the fluffy and crispy Egyptian desert that is freshly prepared in the hotel’s bakery. The Konafa is finger liking and the Basbousa with Crème will take you to a different world. Om Ali is delicately perfect and The Milk Pudding and Milk Rice on the other hand are heavenly with roasted pistachios sprinkled on top.
Located in the Cosmopolitan District, Cairo’s Luminous Luxury Hotel Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski embraces the elegance and sophistication of royalty combined with an invincible avant-garde hospitality service. With diverse themed restaurants that are firm to please different tastes, our hearts fell for its Tuscany inspired bliss, Lucca.
Served on the house as you ponder over the menu, is a platter of Bread Sticks with Zucchini and Olive Dips for a light starter. Their mouthwatering Antipasti Selection combines Octopus, Marinated Sardines, Stuffed Breaded Olives and a combination of perfectly right flavors.
The Beef Tagliata served with Bay Leaf Potato, Arugula, Parmigiano and Veal Jus was simply cooked to perfection whether medium or well done. Their Branzino in Guazetto with Sea Bass, Artichoke, Cherrie Tomatoes and Olives was rich and scrumptious, while the Osso Buco with Veal Shank, Saffron Risotto and Gremolata was so delectable and heavenly.
The dessert at Lucca will make a light and just perfect end to our meal. The Tiramisu was very fluffy. Make sure you try their lip smacking Tartufo with chocolate cream hazelnut that will defiantly leave you craving for more.
Offering a gourmet all-you-can-eat dining experience that's unmatched anywhere else, Cairo Marriott’s BBQ Brunch features the most impressive carving stations in town. Guests can revel in a variety of sumptuous delights. Live-action cooking stations offer a variety of sushi, pasta and meat selections that are sure to tickle the taste buds! The pasta station is the undoubted highlight. The freshness and quality of the ingredients is palpable. Prepared freshly of Cairo Marriott’s whole grain signature pasta, we’re big fans of the way it is placed inside a pure heavenly cheese block before serving! The Potato Gratin with Bechamel, Grilled Chicken and Fish Panne are all hearty and filling. While the Spinach with Bechamel was well balanced and full of flavor. Salad selection is fresh and colorful with a variety of smoked salmon, steamed seafood along with Tahini, Baba Ghanoush, corn, and pasta and tuna salads. The dessert station is filled with finger liking delicacies that include a mix of oriental and western delights, fruits and heavenly ice-cream flavors with all the essential toppings! You can also enjoy a variety of hot and cool drinks, as well as the finest alcoholic beverages, all-inclusive.
Located on the second floor at Kempinski Nile Hotel, Osmanly maybe simple by design but the food is a real cut above. The atmosphere so intoxicating almost makes you feel you're in Turkey. Osmanly’s menu is truly unique. We highly recommend trying their heavenly creamy ‘Lentil Soup’ with sautéed red lentils, glazed onions and croutons. For appetizers, they serve an excellent selection of hot and cold mezzas, the portions of every offering are so substantial. In the main course, the ‘Kuz Tandir’, 12-hour slow cooked lamb leg with wheat-vegetable keskek, has the requisite wow factor, while the ‘Istanbul Kebab’ is the definite star of the main course. If you are looking for something untraditionally tasty, the grape leaves wrap ‘Sebus’ lifts the humble plate to the sublime. If you are aiming for a great finish to a great long meal, make sure to leave room for desert because they are truly saving the best for last! Their yummy ‘Kunafe’ is out of the world; there is no better way to describe it than a true Turkish delight!
Marked as a classic European restaurant infused with local flair, The State restaurant at Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski picks the best of what every country has to offer. The brunch buffet is divided into several sections offering a flavour for every taste and mood. A definite crowd pleaser! You will find a variety of the yummiest assortments, all served in the highest quality! You will love the Duck Confit, Sweet Potato Gratin and Chicken Shawerma. While the Green Beans, Beef Sausage and Potato Wedges were cooked to perfection. Seafood lovers, we found your heaven on earth! We suggest you begin with their mouthwatering Creamy Clam Chowder Soup with Corn! The Seafood Jambalaya and Fish Sayadia are delectable. Their salad station is rich with all you’d crave from Calamari, Herring and Shrimp salads. You don’t want to miss their Salmon and Tuna salad; it’s the real deal! Other salad varieties include oriental basics from Labneh with Mint, Tabouleh, Fattoush and Baba Ghanoush. However if you are a little picky, you can create your own signature salad for you will find a variety of fresh vegetables, pickles, cheese assortments, dry nuts and all the essential toppings. Those looking for the sweeter side of the buffet may feast their eyes upon attractive world-class desserts including individual candies, pastries and cakes. In addition to a selection of oriental goodies and fresh fruits! Don’t worry, your kids are not forgotten! They are promised to enjoy a special set buffet of nuggets, mini burgers, Pasta Al Forno and club sandwiches in addition to a wide variety of toothsome and colourful candies. That’s not all, Royal Maxim Palace offers you a peace of mind, as your little bundles of joy receive the royal treatment at Le Petit Royal Kids Club, where they’ll be entertained and supervised in a safe and fun environment while you enjoy your relaxing brunch!
Insight was invited to a weekend of pampering at Cairo’s Luminous Luxury Hotel Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski. It was such a marvellous weekend as we got the chance to linger and dream in a world of palatial services.
Some of us enjoyed the sublime sense of relaxation as they checked into a Superior Pool Room. The room is an intimate accommodation with a magnificent backdrop of the palace in a contemporary setting with the impressive pool view at The Palace courtyard. Those who were looking for a relaxing simplicity enjoyed their stay at a Deluxe Room. The room lights up with ideal soft furnishings in various subdued shades of brown and beige. Both rooms feature a queen-sized bed, a working desk and a Nespresso machine in addition to regular room features.
As we were opting for an unforgettable experience we were having a peace of mind knowing that the kids are also receiving the royal treatment at Le Petit Royal Kids Club, where they were entertained and supervised in a safe and fun environment during our stay. Le Petit Royal Kids Club provides all types of activities with a light and colourful room that is equipped with early learning games; while a second room has a television, PlayStation - video game console- and board games.
The hotel is trademarked with its diverse themed restaurants that are a true representation of culinary heritage. The first night we couldn’t help but find our hearts leading us to the Tuscany inspired bliss, Lucca. The Beef Tagliata, served with bay leaf potato, arugula, parmigiano and veal jus was simply cooked to perfection. The Branzino In Guazetto with sea bass, artichoke, cherrie tomatoes and olives was rich and scrumptious, while the Osso Buco with veal shank, saffron risotto and gremolata was so delectable and heavenly. Although we didn’t find our favourite Tiramisu but the smacking Tartufo and Semifreddo Al Torroncino wiped our short disappointment and fulfilled our sweet tooth.
The second day we enjoyed an elegant breakfast and brunch at The State, a classic buffet dining room offering European dishes accentuated with a local touch. The State picks the best of what every country has to offer. The restaurant sets itself apart with its elegant interiors offering a refined dining experience within a casual setting. We enjoyed our brunch way beyond the first time we tried it; they definitely went beyond their powers this time. We loved the newly Asian station that offers a selection of fresh Asian delights ( all prepared by order).The new entertainer was also nice and subtle - not too noisy but nice enough to add to our enjoyment.
For our third night we were supposed to try out Romanov as it came highly recommended but we were still in pool hair and attire and Romanov is very dressy and posh - so we opted for the Asian charm Yana and we were in for an amazing experience. We wanted to try everything and therefore opted for half portions when we could but every single thing arrived to perfection and exceeded our expectations. The Tom Yom was better than any we have ever tasted; we loved the Pad Thai with tamarind sauce- mouth watering. The Prawn Tempura- freshly imported from Thailand- was beyond delicious; we couldn’t get enough of it. The sushi was very fresh - we could’ve just stuck there for the rest of the evening. For main dish we tried the Spicy Thai Red Curry and we fell in love with every bite of it. After all these options we still had room to finish this unforgettable meal with fried banana and ice cream! Although, we couldn’t move after this food extravaganza yet it was worth every minute. Definitely to go again and again.
Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski sets itself apart by presenting a captivating luxurious authentic European service. The palace is conveniently situated for both business and leisure guests. If you want to enjoy an elegant getaway away from the noise of the city, head to the Austrian palatial landmark and you will be treated to a flow of majesty.
Offering an escape from the rigours of city life, The Nile Ritz-Carlton Spa offers a sanctuary of pure indulgence for all your senses, with nine treatment rooms, including one for couples, a sauna and steam room, and an array of holistic treatments.
Spa Facilities and Treatments
Create a moment of peaceful bliss to remember with one of The Nile Ritz-Carlton’s two signature treatments. In The Peloid Treatment Chamber you can start with a full body exfoliation, after which different types of mineral mud are applied. Relax and allow the benefits of the steam room to encapsulate you before having all muds rinsed off. A full body massage ends this magical experience. The relaxing and radiant Sea Holistic Experience is a unique massage that uses gentle warmth and the fragrant scent of lavender flowers in a combination of light strokes pressure and stretching. Thai-inspired sea boluses eliminate tension knots one by one and restores balance to the body with an exfoliation using sea salt oysters and a radiance boosting facial treatment.
Choose from one of five relaxing facials, tailored to each guest’s unique skin. Seawater Pearls is an intensive moisturizing treatment based on the application of specialised marks with highly active ingredients to produce radiance and a boost of moisturizer to your most valued asset – your skin.
Youth Revealing Pioneer reaches the height of biotechnological performance and restores skin’s youthfulness, softness and luminosity, and is perfect for those looking for the combination of high performance and well-being for visible changes after the first treatment. Marine Breeze is a breathe of oxygen in a treatment that brings all the benefits of a seaside stroll into your treatment room. Designed to oxygenate and purify, this treatment is ideal for combination and, or oily skin types. Formulated with marine extracts, it also protects the skin against environmental pollution. Hydra Express is an express, yet effective, treatment offering you luminous, glowing skin even when you do not have the time. Skin Escape for Men features specific professional products that are used to deliver a more adapted solution for the treatment of the male epidermis. The treatment is adapted according to the desired outcome; moisturized, rejuvenated, soothed or oxygenated.
Lie back and relax as a team of highly skilled professionals provides the latest in body treatments. Coconut Scrub is a full body exfoliation, which is mixed according to your specific body need. Marina Body Wrap is a seaweed body mask rich in iodine, a natural element that is vital to keep the metabolism running efficiently. As the body absorbs this, thyroid function is enhanced, aiding in any slimming programme. A series of treatments will optimise long-term results. Detox Body Massage features a relaxing massage for the back, scalp and feed, combined with a detoxifying marine mud application.
Choose from an array of massages that will leave you feeling nourished, revived and refreshed. The traditional full body
Swedish Massage uses medium to firm pressure to promote relaxation and ease muscle tension. The Balinese Massage combines a series of techniques deriving from acupressure and reflexology, with aromatherapy to enhance relaxation to both the body and mind. The Aromatherapy Massage is a tailor-made full body massage combining classic techniques along with personally prescribed blend of the finest essential oils. The Volcanic Stone Massage contains heated volcanic stones, which are used to massage the whole body releasing deep-seated tension. Ideal for anyone suffering from muscular aches and pains.
The Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage is designed to alleviate deep-seated tension and muscular stress using specialised techniques, concentrating on specific areas of concern. While The Foot Massage is a specialized treatment uses reflexology techniques that focus on specific areas of tension and strain in the feet. It induces a feeling of deep relaxation, releases muscles tension and relieves stiffness. The Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage eases aches and pains, and relieves localised tension.
The Fitness Centre
Release tension and energy at the 24-hour fitness centre, with state-of-the-art equipment and access to a personal trainer. All cardiovascular equipment in the health club are equipped with a series of TV and radio channels, video and audio instruction, iPod docking station, heart rate sensor, and various exercise programs to suit the needs of both the beginner and advanced runner.
Or take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, where the area is equipped with 17 private pool cabanas that can be enjoyed for the day and a kid’s splash area with water guns to entertain the younger guests. Those who prefer can enjoy warmer waters in the form of a heated pool.
City Resort Membership
The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo, offers exclusive access to its 5-star facilities, including the state-of-the-art fitness centre, sauna and steam room located in the spa and its iconic swimming pool. In addition, members will receive a host of value-added services, such as a personalized gym induction by a trained team member, along with a complimentary one-on-one fitness assessment, allowing you get the most out of your time at the magnificent City Resort.
Located in one of the most prestigious quiet streets in Heliopolis, The Fondue Pot offers a wide variety of mouthwatering options made with high quality ingredients to meet every taste and mood. (In)sight’s foodies got the chance to visit The Fondue Pot and try out their latest menu and it` exceeded our expectations!
The restaurant’s ambience is all about giving the guest the perfect Swiss experience. The brick walls and check patterned table-sheets complement the entire feel of the place giving it a unique European flair. The wooden interiors and bells inspired by the original Swiss chalets add to the essence of the Swiss life.
When it comes to variety The Fondue Pot never fail to impress. You will lose your soul lingering over the heavenly taste of the cheese fondue... honestly we can’t pick a favorite! We also recommend the heartwarming Chicken Tomato Bisque and Mushroom Soup. Their appetizers range from Kase Chicken Fingers to Zucchini Fries with Onion Dip. All finger-licking good.
The new menu contains a wide variety of ready cooked main dishes that are filled with delicious steak, chicken and seafood options. We loved The Peppercorn Steak with peach sauce while The Valaisanne Chicken was cooked to perfection. Yet our most favorite dish was The Salmon Teriyaki.
Indulging in dessert is the main aim and The Fondue Pot offering more than ten different types of chocolate fondue that will just melt your heart away … we highly recommend trying their new red velvet fondue, you will thank us later! If you don’t feel like fonduing (God forbid) you are far from forgotten! Their dessert menu includes Fried Vanilla Ice-cream and La Gruyere Meringue with double cream. Just savor the experience.
Thank you for a lovely experience and a great addition to your lovely menu.