Nothing tastes better than the flavors of home. Whenever we travel, it’s those distinct tastes that we crave and miss the most. So when we were offered the opportunity to check out Abou El Sid’s latest addition – the breakfast menu – we jumped right in! True to their culinary roots, Abou El Sid’s authentic Egyptian cuisine now brings you a full breakfast spread, their way. At Abou El Sid, you will feel that you have been instantly transported to the streets of old Cairo. The beautiful sounds of the great Om Kalthoum make for perfect morning listening, and the scents wafting from the kitchen will leave you wanting to order every single item on the menu. Just make sure you don’t have any other food plans later, because nothing beats a good old fashioned grandma approved breakfast.
It’s no secret that we at bazaar love Abou El Sid. From their authentic décor to the incredible music serenading you while you eat – everything is very Egyptian. Don’t even get us started on the their lunch and dinner menu. Yes it’s that good. This go-to spot guarantees a hearty home-cooked meal without the endless pile of dishes in your kitchen sink. Now that there’s a breakfast menu, our mornings just got yummier! Because it’s the most important meal of the day, make sure you go in with an appetite – you’ll want to try everything. With an extensive listing of deliciously fresh items to choose from, your possible breakfast combinations are endless.
Warmly greeted at the door, you’re ushered to a table of your choosing and handed a menu. Now, choosing from this menu can be slightly tricky. You can either go for one of the Breakfast Set Menu options (1 or 2) to pick the items accordingly – or you can attack the menu proper and order everything your heart desires. In true bazaarite fashion, we went for the latter and created a spread reminiscent of huge family gatherings. Taken by the beauty of the dishes that came to our table, we didn’t know where to start! Honoring age-old traditions, we tore into the freshest fluffiest rye bread and dug in.
To start our culinary journey, we had Fried Eggs with Foul the Egyptian way. Perfectly seasoned and tangy, the freshness of the Fava beans really came through. Next on our list of must-haves is Abou El Sid’s rendition of a Scotch Egg – the Abou El Sid Taameya. This falafel came with a full boiled egg on the inside! Spectacularly fresh and innovative, this dish is perfect if you want to keep it light. Still, their regular Taameya is not to be missed. Beautifully crispy and brown on the outside with a sprinkle of roasted sesame seeds and a superbly vibrant green on the inside, their Taameya is simply delicious. With sides of Tahini, Kishk with Yogurt, Bessara, and a Yogurt Cucumber dip – we were sorted. The bread kept coming as we devoured our way through the dips, foul, and taameyas and we couldn’t have been happier.
What breakfast would be complete without a proper egg dish? So we ordered some Scrambled Eggs, and a Potato Mash with Boiled Egg Yolks on top! Creamy and delectable, they complimented our bean-based dishes gloriously. Then came the cheeses – a true staple and testament to Egyptian breakfasts everywhere. Spicy White Cheese, Roumi Cheese, and the ever so glorious Falamanki Cheese left us on cloud nine as we combined them in mini-makeshift-sandwiches. Elaborating further on the cheeses: Roumi is the Egyptian rendition of the Italian Parmesan in a way, while the Falamanki is likened to the Dutch Edam. To top the whole experience off, we ended the main part of our meal with a platter of fresh fruit. But that was definitely not the end of our already filling meal.
To get the true Egyptian experience, one must always, always, end breakfast with Fetir Mishaltit. Fetir is a pastry that resembles something between a Chapatti and a Croissant. Confused? Well, just head over to Abou El Sid for the freshest Fetir you’ll ever have and enjoy the assortment of dips that come alongside it! Honey, jam, mixed nuts and cream – the topping combinations are endless. But we took it that little step further and went old school. Combining almost equal parts of unseasoned tahini and molasses, we created a golden caramel-like sauce that is absolutely mouth-watering! Dip the Fetir in that, and enjoy! You’re welcome.
Abou El Sid is located near the entrance to Green Island on the Arabian Gulf Road. For more information, call 2226 4525, visit www.abouelsid.com or follow them on Instagram @abouelsid_kw or on Facebook.