Italian Restaurant and Bar in the Heart of Zamalek
The Tavolino menu states, “Italian cuisine is free-spirited, flavorful and compelling!”. A mixture of classic and modern Italian culinary culture, Tavolino serves Italian food for all tastes, ranging from their great selection of pastas and risotto to their luxury beef and seafood.
Mantra: Modern culinary concepts, to classics.
Décor: Tavolino is located on a busy street, but once you enter, it charms you away from the hustle and bustle. Its rustic yet tasteful décor adds to the simplicity, and the mirror-like walls lend an air of sophistication to the atmosphere. The music adds to the warmth, helping create a magical and relaxing place to dine!
Dishes sampled: Il Taguere Delle Bruschette VV, a fine starter of grilled bread topped with tomatoes marinated in extra virgin olive oil and rucola, served with a side of mozzarella cheese. The bread was brushed with oil, leaving an undeniably mouth-watering taste behind. For the main dish we chose the chef’s favorite Beef Tenderloin with our choice of mushroom sauce and grilled vegetables; the dish was garnished with sides of crisp mushroom mixed with onion jam; the beef was tender and juicy. Our next choice was Tavolino’s favorite seafood dish; the sizzling Grigliata Di Pesce, a dish of fresh calamari, sea bream fillet and jumbo shrimp grilled on charcoal, served again with our favorite grilled vegetables. This dish is a seafood lover’s dream!
To satisfy our sweet tooth, we went for the famous Italian dessert, Panna Cotta. The taste exceeded our expectations, it was creamy yet soft, drizzled with berry compote of our choice. It is a perfect dessert for a Valentine’s dinner, as the presentation of the dish alone is heavenly. Chef Ahmed Saeed also prepared his favorite dessert, the dark chocolate dream: Chocolate Crosata, a freshly-made fantasy. The dishes tried were all outstanding in both taste and presentation.
Other dishes that appealed: Since the seafood was to die for, we’re eager to also try the seafood risotto – Risotto Alla Pescatora, with shrimp, calamari, mussels, and crab.
Top Tip: Tavolino boasts a wide variety of vegan and vegetarian food, which fits well with the diverse atmosphere and menu, and the grilled veggies are “wholesome of awesome”.
Clientele mix: Locals, ex-pats, couples, and friends. Perfect for anyone who appreciates culinary art.
Beverages: A good selection of wines and alcoholic cocktails; fresh juices, tea, coffee and soft drinks. Every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday there is a happy hour from 6 to 8 – on every glass of wine you have a free one .
Price Range: Reasonable
Worth noting: Tavolino is ready for catering!
Opening hours: 11am-3am
Address: 5 Abo El Feda Street, Zamalek
Tel: 0128 073 4673