Zooba: Traditional Egyptian food in a modern venue

Hend Kortam
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The cozy restaurant on 26 July street in Zamalek is hard to miss. Bright blue painted doors, underneath the colourful Zooba sign beckoning casual passers-by into the exotically decorated tiny restaurant.

Zooba presents a menu based on the revival of traditional Egyptian street-food, in a modern and hygienic way. The menu features Koshary and a variety of sandwiches, from Hawawshi, a spicy Egyptian meat sandwich, to liver and cheese sandwiches. Besides the variety the price is also a welcome surprise, ranging from EGP 5 to EGP 15.

For those who are looking for a healthy meal the menu offers some real Egyptian salads, including Baladi Salad, a traditional green salad, and Root Beet salad. A long list of fresh juices is also on offer, featuring all-time favourites like mango and lemon juice next to harder to find Doum juice.

Zooba is a tiny place with limited seating but if you find the place packed you can always make your order take- away. Be sure to add some of the pre-packed delicacies like dips, jars of pickles or oriental desserts wrapped in prettily designed boxes.

The menu is written on a chalkboard in both English and Arabic which adds credibility to the restaurant’s attempt to offer traditional Egyptian food in a modern, deli-style environment.

Starting today, Zooba offers a special Ramadan menu for Iftar and an impressive array of Ramadan desserts. An eclectic mix of the homemade desserts is on offer to pick up on the way to an Iftar, from a normal size box all the way up to a colourful bucket filled with deliciousness.

Zooba’s diverse array of products can be easily be found elsewhere in Egypt but Zooba has cleverly added its own touch and flavour to traditional Egyptian food.

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