Abou Shakra was the first restaurant I have been to in July 2015, in Cairo, during Ramadan. My fiance took me there, in one of their branches close to our home, close to a Western Union in Al Haram. The memory of that first visit to Abou Shakra will always stay with me. The place was full, all tables were occupied by large families, grandparents, parents and children, everyone waiting for the sunset in order to have the first bite of food for the day. I was impressed by the traditional yet modern design of the small restaurant, by the waiters dressed up in elegant costumes with neckties and bowties, fast service and 5* manners. As soon as the clock hit 7 p.m. and the sunset was announced,waiters started bringing all the foods for everyone at once,all the Ramadan drinks and everyone started eating and chatting and drinking in this cozy atmoshpere as if in a familiar environment, surrounded by friends or as part of one big family! The food was served fast, was hot, delicious, the drinks were cold and refreshing…classical music! The night was a dream and after that first time me and my husband went many more times to Abou Shakra always returning with pleasure and looking forward to a familar reliable delicious taste, quality food and service, this interesting combination of traditional, oriental and modern interior design, classical music, cleanliness and the good cozy feeling when being greeted personally by the manager and treated as an old customer, as a friend!
As you will see from the photograph I will upload or from checking the official website yourselves, Abou Shakra has beeen around since 1947, that is quite a long time and the story of the restaurant is the story of a humble employee who was looking for an extra job and whom God led to a simple diner at El Kasr Einy where he started bookkeeping and reviewing daily accounts. One day the owner wanted to retire and decided to sell the shop so he gave it to the accountant who took many risks and focused all his attention and energy into making the restaurant into what is today: 10 branches in Cairo and Alexandria – Egypt, four in Saudi Arabia and one in Kuwait.
The 2 branches my husband and I – and later my sister and her husband, his brother and his wife – went to do not appear on the official website of Abou Shakra , my guess is that maybe they are a franchise and not owned by the original owner or part of the original chain. I don’t know the reason really, but I spent quality time and ate delicious food in the 2 Abou Shakra Restaurants I visited, namely one near Western Union in Al Haram Street and one in Gameat Al Dewal Al Arabeya Street.
If there is one negative thing I can mention is that their home delivery food tastes nothing like the food in the restaurant, or better said is totally tasteless, and very expensive. They need to improve the catering/home delivery food taste and quality or remove it completely from the list of services they provide.
In conclusion, I recommend this restaurant from the bottom of my heart, if you ever visit Egypt and Cairo in particular, make sure to take a break from visiting and stop by at Abou Shakra, eat some delicious traditional food – maybe some stuffed pigeon – , enjoy a Turkish coffee or get refreshed with a ‘lemoun ba na’na’ (mint lemonde) :).
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