In the heart of the lavish Four Seasons hotel in Cairo is the extravagant Zitouni restaurant. The name which is quite odd probably refers to “Olive-like” colours. The design of the restaurant is modern with beige as the theme color, with elaborate greenish chandeliers, Andalusian arches, and comfy gold-blue chairs.
The welcoming and highly attentive staff definitely gives you a feel of Egyptian generosity. Zitouni offers a three course meal, where the appetisers and desserts are served in an open buffet while the main course is a la carte.
The salad range is significantly remarkable and the ‘Ringa slices’ are just delicious. The menu is pretty basic with the choice of a main course and a side tajin boasting Egyptian delicacies and Lebanese mezzeh. I asked the chef why they have such a limited menu, and he remarked that they intend to keep it small so they can change it entirely every once and a while. The chef also highlighted that their kitchen is open to special orders.
Although the mix grill I tried was a bit dry and hard, it still looked very nice and well garnished, while my friend enjoyed her tenderloin steak with mushroom sauce. As for the tajins, they were quite tasty. If you have a sweet tooth, you will enjoy the dessert buffet even though the oriental desserts selection is very limited.
The chef described his preparation of the Tajins as “always challenging” and that barbecue is the most preferred by Zitouni guests.
The juice served is freshly squeezed and the coffee is incredible.
Generally Zitouni offered a fancy experience with incredible service and satisfactory food in abundant portions. Yet, the quality of the food did not really match the prices. In addition, the restaurant that overlooks a beautiful view of the Nile unfortunately has a problem with character. It brands itself as an Egyptian cuisine albeit the ambience and food is rather continental with just an Egyptian touch.
Regardless, Zitouni is a nice place to go on a date or hold an important business meeting.