Authentic Lebanese Flavors hailing from Beirut and with branches in Dubai, Kuwait and Muscat, Semsom has finally made its way to Levant cuisine-loving Cairo and we got a taste of this authentic Lebanese food!
Signature Dishes & Dishes Sampled
Their signature dishes are totally everything! We were greeted with a complimentary rose water drink, a pleasant and refreshing start to our meal. Semsom serves traditional Lebanese food with a twist, and that is clear right on the first page of the menu. Out of the 8 types of hummus on offer, we chose three: Hummus Arnabeet; Hummus Falafel and Hummus Zaatar and Sumac. Each with its own winning distinct texture and taste combination. Along with our hummus selection we were served a basket of freshly baked pita bread and a bowl of the Freekeh Salad. Much like its cousin tabbouleh, this salad was instead made with buckwheat, a great source of protein and loaded with nutritional benefits. To wrap up with our cold mezze we were served the Beetroot Mutaball, a unique take on the traditional eggplant babaghanoug but made with beetroot, tahini, garlic and lemon. A deep vibrant red color made this coarse puree even more appealing.
As we moved into the hot appetizers our choices came one after the other. First the Chicken Ras Asfour with cashew nuts, next came the Fish Kebbeh Cups: six cups made of fish kebbeh halves filled with golden slices of onion, sweetened by cooked raisins, crushed walnuts and sprinkled with sesame seeds, a delicious bold taste that won us over! We finished up with a large Zaatar Manakish bread beautifully displayed with fresh vegetables and olives, served with bowl of labneh.
We were then easily persuaded to try two of the best-selling desserts. The first was a crushed pistachio dough served with a scoop of misteka ice cream, topped with caramel sauce. The second was a heavenly crunchy caramelized kunafa crust, filled with gooey marshmallow, strawberry slices and Nutella sauce. Devoured with a warm cup of coffee.
Other Menu Options that Appealed & Beverages Available
Everything else on the menu looked divine! The beverages include Cold and Hot drinks.
Décor and Ambience
Arabesque-style tiles along the wall, oriental shaped mirrors and wooden partitions displaying personalized mini backgammon boxes and other ornaments. Cobalt blue, mustard, purple and graffiti dominate the cushions and chair seats. The area is well lit with large glass pendant lights. TV screens showcase the making of the restaurant dishes. The restaurant has a cozy indoor area and a much larger outdoor area within the mall’s food court space, which serves shisha and oversees the residential complex landscape.
Clientele Mix: New Cairo university students, mall goers, families.
Price Range: Reasonably priced
Address: Park Mall – New Cairo
Working hours: Mall hours
Telephone: +2 0122 817 5035
Facebook: Semsom Egypt
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