Dar Ward is a Syrian restaurant with elements of Egyptian cuisine infused into it to make it a truly Middle Eastern dining experience. We visited on a weekend and enjoyed this delicious dining experience along the banks of the Maadi Corniche and we can safely acknowledge its attempt to be one of the best Oriental restaurants in Maadi.
The entire menu is filled with signature home-cooked dishes that use the best and freshest ingredients from the region.
To start, we wanted to take a look at some regional favorites and see how they stacked up, Dar Ward style. The Grilled Halloumi was smoother and less salty than its Lebanese counterpart and while it’s a classic, it was definitely worth it to get our taste buds ready. Of course no Middle Eastern dinner is complete without a hummus dish and to refine our hummus palate, we thought that the Pesto Hummus sounded like the most unique choice. Coming together in a creamy, fresh, thick and mouth-watering dip, it was far better than it sounded. We also sampled the Fattouch Salad, topped with croutons and cheese. Three classic starters taken to the next level with attention to detail and fresh ingredients.
For mains we chose Baba Ghanoush with Syrian flatbread and the Kofta with Cherry Sauce. The latter impressed with its rich flavors and beautiful presentation. The sweet and savory flavor combination was unforgettable and will definitely be ordered again and again. With little room left for dessert, the amazing staff chose two Syrian desserts for us. The Halawet El-Jibn, a traditional cheese-filled pastry drenched in rose-water syrup and topped with decorative pistachios, as well as sweet and crunchy Kataiyef. A regret was not leaving more room for desserts, as the menu had many delicious options.
Other menu options that appealed: Lamb Brain, Mixed Grill, and Kibbeh Sourieh Pomegranate are on the list of menu options that appealed.
Décor: Minimalist, giving all the attention to the beautiful view of the Nile and ambiance of The Platform in Maadi.
Ambience: Cairo casual is definitely how you would describe Dar Ward in Maadi. With candles, mood lighting, and oriental shisha smoking all around you, the ambiance was authentic and inviting.
Beverages available: Soft drinks, flat and sparkling water, fresh juice, seasonal juice cocktails, smoothies, and hot drinks.
Clientele mix: The restaurant was alive with families, couples, friends, and singles all out to grab a bite to eat along the iconic Nile.
Price range: The prices are a little bit higher than other restaurants with similar menus. Considering the amazing location, it’s understandable.
Opening hours: 10:00am – 1:00am
Address: The Platform, Corniche El Maadi
Tel: 01222202080 (reservations encouraged in the evening)