By: Aliaa Elsheribini
On the coast of Sidi Heneish Village you’ll find a quaint restaurant characterized by raw wood, wicker, and palm leaves, right by the crystal clear water. Welcome to Babbo’s Taverna. A golf car escorts you from the village to the newest and trendiest place on the coast this year.
Type of cuisine
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with great seafood as well.
Signature Dishes & Dishes Sampled
Signatures include Grilled Seabass, the Wild Squid Eggs, and the Burger in Andrea’s fresh homemade bread. Babbo’s is also known for its Watermelon Margaritas with Jalapenos, perfect for a hot summer day, and breezy summer night. We were first served margaritas to cool off, priming our palates for what’s to come as plates of food landed on our table.
By far the most innovative dish on our table, the Wild Squid Eggs came with a spicy tartar sauce, and proved to be rocket start: a crispy fritter on the outside, soft and delicate on the inside. We then dug into the ‘catch of the day’, Grilled Seabass, to find a fresh herbed white fish that melts in your mouth. Naturally we had to try the Seafood Pasta, filled with tender shrimp marinated in red sauce and hints of olive, which you can start to taste with the second bite. We refreshed with a White Cheese and Watermelon salad, the right balance of salty and sweet, and the Parmesan Arugula salad.
The Pizza Margarita came thin-crusted like Italians do it, and the now famous Burger came in the beloved Andrea freshly baked bread making these two dishes ideal for after the beach.
Saving the best for last, we went for the Sirloin Steak, which did not need any extra seasoning or herbs as it stood on its own. Grilled in its own fat and cooked to perfection—cooked on the outside and pink on the inside. The plate came with gravy sauce and grilled vegetables that had a natural caramelized taste, a definite must-try.
Other Menu Items that Appealed
The menu is visible on a big chalkboard, it includes the catch of the day—on the day of our visit it was Seabass, one of the specialties. There isn’t a single item that did not seem appealing, even breakfast, which includes a selection of eggs and foul and pancakes. Next time we’re waking up early and going for that delicious breakfast, feet in the sand, mind relaxed by the view and mouth savoring every single bite.
Décor and Ambience
Babbo’s Taverna is simple yet exotic. Something about the décor, the mesmerizing view, the mellow beats playing in the background, and the fresh food selection transports you to the Bahamas or a Greek island. It is a spot suitable for family meals after a nice swim, fresh juice while sunbathing, or a nice nibble over drinks with friends at night. The welcome was warm and friendly and service throughout showed a true sense of hospitality.
It’s laidback yet chic, and we cannot wait to see it transform after 10 pm someday.
Clientele Mix: Family-friendly, and suitable for groups of friends and date nights.
Price Range: Moderate upwards
Opening hours: 10 am -10 pm
Address: Sidi Heneish Village, Matrouh Governorate
Tel: 0102 274 8822