U Bistro & Bar great Fine dining spot in Zamalek, without the fuss.
Type of cuisine: The menu focuses is on deep flavors, unique preparation, and enticing presentation. It offers the delicious Mediterranean and French cuisine experience delivered by head chef Fabrice Le Guillou.
Beverages: There is an extensive wine selection, perfectly mixed cocktails, and an excellent sparkling wine selection that will bring bubbles to your life. You will also find a wide selection of softer options.
Signature dishes: A star attraction is the pan-seared scallops served with shrimp and leeks in a cream cognac sauce. One of their main fish dishes is the vegetable-stuffed squid with star anise caramel sauce on the side, served with black rice. The dessert menu is a call to the heavens with their homemade ice cream and sorbet paired with their sweet options. They are the perfect partners in crime.
Dishes sampled: We kicked off with a delicate French foie gras on port wine jelly spread over homemade toasted bread. It had a silky, melt-in-your-mouth texture and a very subtle taste. Our salmon gravlax came with watercress puree and black Iranian pepper; it started the night on a high note. The seafood risotto with shrimp, baby calamari and clams was simple and light. We were immediately transported to the seaside as we dove into sea bass that came with herb vinaigrette and seasonal vegetables.
Dessert: We couldn’t resist finishing with the hot apple tarte Tatin, served with apple sorbet, and chocolate ganache, a show stopper with its crispy bottom and white chocolate ice cream, giving a great mix of textures and flavors.
Décor: U Bistro and Bar is designed by Alchemy Studios, with its black marble walls, lofty ceiling, and carefully placed electric fireplaces. The dining room has an intimate setting, and the lounge area of the restaurant sets the mood for a relaxing night out with friends.
Ambiance: A swanky bistro located in the heart of Zamalek. The bistro is split into three areas. The bar, where you can enjoy the tapas menu, a private VIP room with its own bar and waiters for cooperate events, and of course the magnificent dining room.
Clientele mix: A bit of everyone, from friends enjoying great food and drinks, to businessmen appreciating a meeting outside of the office.
Price range: Not too pricy compared to other fine dining restaurants, as they import their most important ingredients to provide you with high-quality food throughout the year.
Top tip: On weekends make your reservations a week in advance to guarantee an excellent night of fine dining.
Opening hours: 12 pm for lunch until the last dinner order at 2 am.
Address: 157, 26th of July Street, Zamalek.
Tel: 0100 720 4094
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