After hearing all the buzz, we popped down to the new Lebanese Diner, located on the busy 26th of July Street in Zamalek. Offering Lebanese food in Zamalek, options like sandwiches and grills, this social spot is cozy yet modern.
Signatures Dishes & Dishes Sampled
Signature dishes include the Homemade Kafta, the Samkeh Trabolseye Sandwich, a grilled fish fillet wrapped in Lebanese bread topped with tahini and Lebanese Diner’s very own house tomato chili salsa, and last but not least, the succulent Chicken Wings smothered in Lemon Garlic or BBQ sauce.
We started with a Taboulleh Salad, Halloum Meshwe, Batatta Harra, and Arayess Kafta. The Tabbouleh salad is cut extremely thin; it was light, fresh, and seasoned with a dash of lemon to bring all the flavors together. If you love Arayes, wait till you try these, Lebanese Diner adds its own twist with melted cheese. Finally, the Halloum Meshwe, topped with mint and seasoned with olive oil and a sprinkle of mint, was the star of the first part of our meal, and we highly recommend this vegetarian-friendly dish.
For our main course, we shared two of their specialty sandwiches to understand what all the fuss was about. And boy did we understand. We took a shot at the Beef Shawarma Sandwich and the famous Samkeh Trabolseye Sandwich. As we took our first bite of the delicious fish sandwich, we instantly fell in love. We had never tried a Samkeh Trabolseye sandwich before, but it is definitely one we will now look out for in the future. Our second choice was the Beef Shawarma sandwich, which we admit is not very original, but we had to try it out after hearing some great things about it. It was a good choice though, as it included high-quality shredded beef served in delicious warm bread.
Lebanese Diner also offers burgers in true diner style, as well as a kids’ menu.
Other Menu Options that Appealed & Beverages Available
The grills and mezze platters for big groups looked very tempting and are definitely on our bucket list for the next time around.
Lebanese Diner offers a wide variety of (non-alcoholic) fruit cocktails, milkshakes, fresh juices, soft drinks and hot drinks.
Décor & Ambience
Lebanese Diner has the feel of an American diner blended with an Arab touch. The light wooden tables and white walls make the first floor of the restaurant feel spacey in an area of town where restaurants are usually tight. There is also the option to sit downstairs at the bar, or upstairs at the bar facing the busy Zamalek street.
The playlist included relaxing instrumental beats played just at the right volume, quiet enough that we could hear each other comfortably.
Clientele mix: All ages, couples and groups of friends.
Price range: Affordable.
Opening hours: 24/7
Address: 118, 26th July St, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
Tel: 0111 900 0585