Located on the ground floor of Le Méridien near Cairo Airport’s Terminal 3, Mezzeh offers more than just a good meal. Home to the hotel’s best view, this restaurant overlooks the pool and greenery surrounding it, which you can enjoy accompanied by popular Lebanese tunes, shisha and delicious Lebanese dishes.
With an ultra modern décor that consists of a brown and beige color scheme, the wood, candles and plants create the perfect cozy ambience that place you in a typical Lebanese home. The friendly and hospitable staff of the restaurant greeted us at the entrance.
“We aim to offer traditional Lebanese plates while modernizing the cuisine, which we do through combining the three similar cultures of Syria, where our chef is from, Lebanon and Egypt,” says Anestis Michaloudis, the hotel’s Food and Beverage Director. Chef Hendawy was spot on with his choice of flavors. We first began by trying some of Lebanon’s most famous starters: Hummos, Tabouleh, Yalanji (cold vine leaves) and Sawdet Dajaj while sipping our very fresh Lemon Mint and Guava juices.
It is safe to say that the creamy texture of the Hummos along with its rich flavors truly made this simple mezzah the best we have tasted in Egypt so far, making it a perfect side dish for your meat, but even enjoyable just with a piece of bread. It was very clear that the ingredients for the Tabouleh were fresh, and thankfully not swimming in its sauce, being a milder version of what we are used to. The Yalanji stood out, with the crushed pistachio addition giving it a little crunch to its otherwise soft texture. The Sadet Dajaj, which is chicken liver with pomegranate molasses sauce, was tender and not overpowered by the sweetness of the pomegranate.
For the main course, we dug into the Mixed Seafood Platter that consisted of chargrilled shrimp, calamari, fish fillet and white rice, as well as the Mashawy, which included grilled kebab, shish tawook, kofta, lamb chops and brown rice.
What is truly unique about this restaurant is their presentation. Both dishes arrived at our table on small grills, where they were still continuing their cooking process. Both the seafood and the meat were indeed cooked to perfection, clearly fresh, very tender and with the right seasoning.
We finished off with a Kunafa Nabulsia, which was stuffed with melted cheese and drizzled with syrup, and it was the perfect way to end our experience. We wished the portions would be bigger as we enjoyed the crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside kunafa topped with delicate pieces of Halawa.
You definitely forget about the fact that you are near the airport when you dine at Mezzah. If you are looking for a show, make sure you visit on a Thursday as a belly dancer comes to perform every week. Also, stay tuned for their incredible Ramadan Iftar options.
Opening hours: 12 pm to 3:30 pm, 6 pm to 10:30 pm
Closed on Saturdays