Pier88 offers an unpretentious, laidback beachfront Italian dining experience worth of a treat. Exquisite food and a breathtaking view of the white sands and blue sea of Almaza Bay, it is certainly a destination spot in the Matrouh area.
As soon as we settled in, we were served a basket of freshly baked assorted bread slices, which we dipped into an olive oil balsamic mixture. Our antipasti was a Tuna Sashimi to share. Thinly sliced tuna carpaccio drizzled with passion fruit dressing, sprinkled red and black caviar, finishing with drops of an aioli, basil leaves and thyme leaves. The tuna was tender and pink and the sweet and sour combination of tuna and passion fruit gave the dish a refreshing summery feel to it.
Next up we shared the Filetto di Salmone alla Griglia and the Risotto Porcini e Pecorino. The salmon fillet is served with a carrot-ginger puree, curly strips of carrots and cherry tomatoes, sprinkled caviar mix and a touch of lemon dressing. Our second main dish was a risotto. Even though we would associate it to a winter dish, Pier88’s Risotto is always a winner. It’s light and well flavored. To wrap up our mid-week lunch we decided to share a delicious creamy coffee soaked tiramisu. Paired with two espresso shots, it was the perfect ending to a lovely afternoon.
Dishes that Appealed & Beverages
There’s a lot of raving about the pizzas. The beverages menu includes Cold and hot drinks with a full-fledged bar.
Décor & Ambience
Pier88 like most from the industry had to reduce their seating capacity securing social distance standards. Nevertheless the new interior offers an even better view of the beachfront, the place feels more spacious. A large tree with hanging glass bulbs is placed in the middle of their biggest table. Hardwood flooring and tables bring strength and beauty contrasting with the sand. No walls give you a pleasant feel of the breeze and enough natural light.
Clientele Mix: Almazans, fine diners, hotel guests.
Price Range: High-end.
Worth Noting: Brunch is served daily from 11 am.