Cairo’s favorite laidback watering hole has landed in Sheikh Zayed offering the locals an oasis of cool drinks, comfort food and live entertainment. We visited on a weekday evening to check out their new digs and enjoy an after work bite.
Their famous chicken wing buckets, and their selection of burgers and steaks.
Visitors will be pleased to know that old favorites from the Maadi and East branches are still as reliable as ever. We started our evening off with The Tap’s famous Wings Buckets, in both medium and mild. Accompanied with handy plastic gloves to keep the mess to a minimum, the wings were nicely drenched in tangy spicy sauce and serve as a great snack for those indulging in the drinks menu. Next came the Chicken Strips Bucket in a spicy buffalo sauce and BBQ sauce. The chicken strips are coated to perfection and not at all heavy as you would expect with fried food. The accompanying BBQ sauce is tangy and delicious.
We ordered the decadent Spinach and Cheese Dip next with crispy bread triangles. This dip is a must try, it is sinfully cheesy and perfect for sharing in a group. The Thai Beef Salad arrived next, a large portion, which is filling enough to be a meal. A combination of shredded beef slices, cucumber, carrots, greens and Thai dressing with a kick, this salad fills the quota for healthy eats on the menu.
Feeling the need for some protein, we ordered the Mushroom and Swiss Burger on a freshly baked Brioche bun. Caramelized onions, herby mushrooms and Provolone and Swiss cheese make this burger a delight, plus The Tap has started baking its bread on the premises, which is definitely noticeable. We capped off the mains selection with an excellent prime cut of local fillet, served with creamy mashed potatoes and crunchy veggies. The meat was tender and cooked to perfection, served on a bed of equally yummy sides.
A new cocktail on the menu is The Haka, a mix of vodka, kiwi juice, passion fruit purée and sour mix. Proceed with care; one could easily down three in a sitting. The Superman has a base of energy drink coupled with mixed wild berries and vodka, so it wasn’t our first choice. The Amaretto Sour was very fresh and pleasant; vodka, sweet & sour mix, and Amaretto syrup.
Other Menu Items that Appealed & Beverage Options
Shrimp Rocket Salad, Mushroom Mascarpone Risotto, Buffalo Chicken Tacos, Cajun Shrimp and Artichoke Dip. The whole menu is designed to be appetizing and worth repeat visits.
Beverage options include a full list of cocktails, Sangria, soft drinks, imported spirits, beers, and local/imported wine is available, as well as hot drinks.
Décor & Ambience
The outdoor patio is the star of this new location. You are greeted by a large L-shaped patio full of picnic-style seating with plush red cushions, umbrellas, and lush green surroundings… very soothing. It feels as though you’re on vacation, without leaving the city. Indoors is a large industrial style space that hosts daily entertainment, a large bar area and TV screens.
The ambience is laidback and chill, the perfect spot for after work meet-ups or weekend partying. Service is topnotch and the area is more spacious than both its sister restaurants.
Top Tip: There is a weekend brunch menu perfect for enjoying on their outdoor patio.
Clientele Mix & Price Range
Groups of friends in their 20s and 30s, couples enjoying intimate meals.
Price range is above average, but still good value for money.
Opening hours: 4 pm to 2 am
Address: Galleria 40, Sheikh Zayed.
Tel: 0106 000 0867. Reserve through Facebook or by phone.