We may sometimes need a break from the motherland but never from the Kushari.
While we might swear at our beloved city every morning as we make our way through the traffic and on to work cursing the day we ever decided to leave the house, there are a few things about Egypt that we can't stand to be separated from (except for very short periods of time). One of those things is food. Is there any better feeling than coming home after a long day out or a long night partying and finding mama's molokheya and ma7shy waiting for us? No, no there isn't. That's not to say that when we travel, we're not up for trying new foods but there are days when nothing will bring us comfort like a good bowl of kushari. So to save you the heartache of being away from mama's kofta and ensure that your trip to Europe is the whole package, here's a list of 16 of the best Egyptian restaurants in Europe.
True, every time we think of Paris, our mind wanders to that whirlwind romance we so deserve. We imagine meeting that mysterious French man right by the Eiffel tower…or right by an authentic Egyptian restaurant. Yup, the city of love is also home to a delicious falafel place that you should definitely try out with your new beau. And obviously, nothing says romance like a couple of falafels.
Adress:18 rue de l'etoile, Paris 75017
Contact: +33 (0)1 44 09 71 53
While we love ourselves fancy duck a l'orange and escargots a la Bourguignonne, nothing fills us up like a good kushari. Luckily for us, the good folks at Kouchery Du Bon Coeur will gladly cook us up a few bowls for when we're feeling a little homesick.
Flying pie is London's home of feteer, they just call them pies. It started off when three friends couldn’t decide on the exact origins of these pies so they decided to open a a restaurant and make pies themselves. These guys are also experimenting with different ingredients like blue cheese instead of good ol’ plain cheese.
Address: 10 new row, convent garden, London, WC2N 4LH
Contact: 0207 836 9505
While we love ourselves some fish and chips with an iced cold beer, nothing beats a good Kushari meal. Koshari Street might not be exactly the way mama makes it but it comes oh-so-close. It's got two locations, one in St. Martin's and one in Borough market.
Address 1: 56 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4EA.
Contact: +44 (0)20 7836 1056
Ahl Cairo is a little gem in London that celebrates Egyptian cuisine. They've got ta3meya, fteer, fattah, you name it! Be sure to drop by if you're feeling homesick.
Usually you'd find us dancing a little salsa and nibbling on a few tapas when in Barcelona but ever so often, we're in the mood for a traditional meal. And when that happens, El Nilo is a good option. it’s not limited to Egyptian cuisine as it also offers all kinds of Mediterranean dishes.
Address: Dos de Maig, Barcelona, Spain
El Basha Restaurant offers a little sheesha to go with our Egyptian meals. So you get to feel at home for a day as you munch down on your fattah and take a few puffs of your grape-flavoured sheesha.
Adress: Passeig de Colom, 22, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Contact: +34 675 98 21 08
Let’ face it, when we’re in Amsterdam, food is definitely one of the things we’ll be indulging in most. So it’s a good thing, that we’ve found a little slice of Egypt for when we’re feeling hungry. We're cheating a little with this one though, as it serves all sorts of other Middle Eastern dishes too.
Address: Jan Pieter Heijestraat 119, 1054 MD Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact: +31 20 683 3583
Toetanchamon is has a bit of everything with Egyptian, European as well as Dutch cuisines. It's worth checking out.
Adress: Europaplein 67, 1078 GW Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact: +31 20 662 9043
Restaurant Amira is a family-run eatery but that's not even the best part. They even serve mumbar so you know it’s legit.
Adress: Donaustraße 131, 12043 Berlin, Germany
Contact: +49 30 6233790
Marooush is a little bit of everything. It's a restaurant, a café, a lounge and a club because in Berlin who says you can’t party and have dinner? And they've got belly-dancing shows.
Address: Knesebeckstrabe 48 10719 Berlin-Charlottenburg.
Contact: (030) 887 118 335
Located in Vienna, Hamama comes with raving reviews from TripAdvisor and we've heard that they're very generous with their portions.
Address: 1010 Singerstrasse Nr. 20, Vienna 1010, Austria
Contact: +43 1 5134615
Koshari Ter is meant to be on the cheaper side of the spectrum where restaurants are concerned. So for those days where you’ve spent way too much on the partying or sightseeing but still want to have a good filling meal, this is your go-to.
Address: Raday utca 5, Budapest 1092, Hungary
Contact: +36 70 773 0047
When in Rome, do as the Egyptians or at least that's our version of the saying. Ali Baba has both Egyptian and Turkish dishes among other cuisines. And it's vegetarian friendly!
Address: Via Dell'Arco di Travertino 27, 00178 Rome, Italy
Contact:+39 06 8897 9701
Restaurant Pyramides' interior kind of reminds us of Cairo's glory days. With its gorgeous chandeliers and imposing red curtains, it's definitely worth a trip for the days we want to feel like we’re having Kushari with the kings and queens of Brussels.
Address: Rue de Brabant 159, 1030 Bruxelles, Belgium
Contact: +32 484 96 02 00
Falafel Abu Milad is a great option for the days we're craving a falalfel after a night out partying on the town or perhaps even if you're craving a traditional sort of breakfast.
Address: Liosion 1, Athina 104 38, Greece
Contact: +30 21 0522 4880)