The Lobby


The Lobby offers an all-day Breakfast Menu in Zamalek.

Concept: Karim Auf, owner of The Lobby and the brains behind The Batter Half, was tired of eating according to what meal it was. Why not have pancakes for dinner? And so, the all-day menu option was born.

Mantra: It’s always a good time for breakfast

Ambiance: A cozy, quiet restaurant which, paired with their strong coffee, makes a great study spot.

Type of cuisine:  International

Signature dishes: Mushroom Burger, The Lobby Salad and Loaded Three Egg Omelette

Dishes sampled:  Timeless Breakfast and Loaded Three Egg Omelette.

It was a tough call with the breakfast options – from the Loaded Omelette to the Belgian Waffles, we were at a loss. The menu was a wholesome medley of comfort foods balanced with the right combination of local and international tastes. With Auf’s assistance we settled on the Timeless Breakfast and Loaded Three Egg Omelette.

The crispy Egyptian Pastrami is what drew us to the Timeless Breakfast and paired with the poached egg and rich Hollandaise, it was a wake-up call to our taste buds. For our personal taste, though, the egg was a bit on the runny side – we like our whites firmer, so be sure to give your preference when ordering. The pan roasted tomatoes added some zest to the creamy dish.

The omelette was just the right ratio of egg to vegetables and cheese and was fresh on the palette but light on the stomach. Be warned, the portions are quite generous and after a spot-on cappuccino to start, we were bursting after the meal.

In addition to their unique breakfast options, The Lobby serves hearty salads worthy of healthy lunches as well as fresh sandwiches. We didn’t get the chance to try any sweets but The Lobby’s menu is a dessert fiends’ dream – think Nutella Stuffed Pancakes and Red Velvet Cheesecake.

The Lobby is currently working on expanding the menu to include a larger dinner selection – however, the motto of any meal at any time still strictly applies.

Other menu options that appealed: Bangers & Mash and Nutella Stuffed Pancakes.

Beverages: Great coffee, decadent shakes, fresh juices and water.

Décor: A hybrid of an old English library and an American diner.

Take away/ Home delivery: Both.

Clientele mix: The Lobby caters to a mix of young adults, families and Zamalek residents looking for fresh food in a relaxed setting.

Price range: Affordable – good value for money.

Top tip: With a well-curated menu of unique options, be sure to come on an empty stomach.

Opening hours: 8am – 1am

Address: 22a Taha Hussein St

Tel: 02 2735 5875

Facebook page: The Lobby

Instagram: @thelobbycairo

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