With the opening of two new Egyptian inspired eateries in Dubai Marina, Penelope Walsh discovers the
basics of this nation’s cuisine.
Forget Alexandria or Cairo, the new hub of Egyptian eating can be found right here in Dubai Marina. In addition to the Egyptian stalwarts already serving up classic food in the area, such as Al Qaherah 1940, Dar Elkamar and King Koshari, the district has recently welcomed two new Egyptian inspired eateries, Helio Lounge and Geddy.
In May, Geddy opened a second branch (the original is in Al Barsha), serving classic Egyptian street food, in a fresh and quirky fast-food setting. Its signature dishes on the menu are feteer meshaltet and koshari, which, according to marketing director and partner Hassan Amr El Sinbawy, are very authentic. ‘These are the most famous and common dishes on the streets of Egypt, going back a long time. Geddy is offering a new concept of authentic Egyptian food, with 100 percent fresh ingredients and expert Egyptian chefs.’ Meanwhile, Helio Lounge opened its doors in March. Here, the menu offers Egyptian classics, with a slightly modernised edge: ‘Inspired by traditional Egyptian cuisine, we kept the taste, but have modernised the presentation, made it healthier and more colourful,’ says chef Joe Barza, the culinary director at Helio Lounge, responsible for developing the restaurant’s menu. Inspired by the growth of Egyptian eateries in Dubai, we scoured the menus at Geddy and Helio Lounge for a lesson in one of Arabia’s lesser known cooking styles.
Trident Bayside Tower, Marina Walk, Dubai Marina (04 432 9457).