Newly opened, Canadian restaurant chain Eggspectation is the latest addition to Cairo Festival City’s restaurants and it did not let us down. We popped in for a weekend brunch and found it pleasantly busy, we reckon it will quickly be added to the list of best breakfast places in Cairo!
Signature Dishes & Dishes Sampled
Signature dishes include the Lobster Mac & cheese, Filet Mignon and Lobster Béarnaise, and the BBQ Burger.
We were asked to have a seat at the bar while we waited for a table to be free, and were suggested the Honey Blue drink – an exquisite mixture of banana, blueberry, honey, and yoghurt that had a thick and creamy texture, and also enjoyed an American coffee to give our day a kick-start. Having whetted our appetites, we were soon prepared for the meal ahead.
The team at Eggspectation made recommendations for a very special selection of dishes. After a short while, our food arrived – the Bad Boy Burger and the Lamb Chops – colorfully put together plates of joy. The Bad Boy Burger arrived with a side portion of fries, and as we placed the top bun on a glorious sunny-side up egg, the egg oozed all over the burger dripping down the tomatoes, onions, lettuce, cheese, beef bacon, and the big and juicy burger patty. The Lamb Chops came with crunchy sweet potato fries and a dip of cilantro and cream sauce, balancing out the lamb chops, and alongside there was sautéed asparagus, which had a nice zing to it- each nicely complementing the other. The meat was bursting with flavor and tender, cooked to perfection.
Not only was the quality of food impressive, but the quantity as well. The menu was varied with loads to choose from; juices and coffees, starters and small dishes, salads, pastas, meat dishes, burgers, sandwiches, crepes, seafood, soups, flatbread dishes, omelets, breakfast foods, and desserts.
Other Menu Options that Appealed & Beverages Available
Other dishes that appealed to the senses included the Portuguese Piri Piri Chicken- roasted chicken breast marinated with smoked paprika, and the Shrimp Tacos- grilled shrimps served on a flour tortilla with fresh avocado and a sweet and savory mango salsa.
There is a wide variety of beverages, namely smoothies, including many healthy ones, as well as a fine list of coffee concoctions. We loved the Banana Java drink, a well-crafted mixture of expresso, chocolate milk, honey and banana, as well as the Tropical Teaser, an elegant fusion of mango, banana, pineapple, and fresh orange juice.
Décor & Ambience
The restaurant has a warm vibe, with an abundance of yellow ceiling lights, blending in with the light, up-beat, Western pop-music in the background. The service team was friendly, and the restaurant was filled with a hubbub of excited chatter. Wooden walls in neutral tones were decorated with yellow-based, modern, simplistic paintings that contrasted well with the navy-blue couches and white and navy-blue seats.
Clientele Mix & Price Range
The tables were filled with a mix of Egyptians and expats of all ages. Family friendly, it also appealed to couples that chattered excitedly over their food, and of course, groups of friends that came pouring in. Others were doing work, hunched over their laptops with a smoothie in hand. A friendly, warm, bustling place.
The price range falls between middle to high range, reasonable prices given the large portions and sublime quality.
Worth noting: Despite the name “Eggspectation” giving a connotation of a breakfast or brunch place, the restaurant also caters to lunch and dinner experiences.
Opening hours: 10 am to 11:30 pm
Address: Cairo Festival City Mall
Tel: 02 2616 8270