I have driven by the Pyramids many times and each time I tell myself I'm going to stop. Well, stop I did.
It was the Friday before New Years' Day and I had the day off. Lucky Me. That meant that I could visit the Pyramids for their all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for US$9.95.
Even though I arrived for a late lunch, at 1:15 pm, the place was crowded. All of the tables in the front half of the restaurant were occupied.
I was lucky. I got to sit right next to the buffet. There were quite a number of items on today's buffet. From what I understand, Egyptian food is much like other foods from areas around the Mediterranean, such as Greek, so it was no surprise that most of the foods on today's buffet reeked of familiarity. Here's the rundown:
-beef & lamb shawerma
And here's my first plate...
The hommos, is a dip made from garbanzo beans, tahini, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice. While it was nice, it didn't have enough flavor for me. Something was lacking, but I really couldn't put my finger on it.
The beef and lamb shawerma are marinated and cooked on a spit. Once the meat has been cooked, it is thinly sliced. These strips of beef and lamb were perfectly seasoned and quite juicy. Taking the strips of meat from the bottom of the pan helped, they were a lot more juicy than those on top.
The Greek salad was crumbled feta cheese, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, and a few kalamata olives on a bed of romaine lettuce. Tossed with some of the house dressing this was light and refreshing. The amount of dressing that the salad was tossed in was just right.
Next to the shawerma and the Greek salad, the falafel was the next best item here. It was crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside.
Didn't realize it was so green on the inside until I took this picture. Falafel can be made with either fava beans or with chickpeas, and these were made with fava beans which is why they are so green (thanks Jonny for the info!). It was quite tasty and they actually looked like small meatballs. I ended up eating about a half dozen of these before I even realized it.
For dessert, there was only one item on the buffet, homemade rice pudding.
It was smooth and creamy with just the right balance of sweet spiciness. The cinnamon and nutmeg really helped make this delicious. I also liked the fact that there were quite a few nuts sprinkled on top. The crunchiness of the nuts provided a great contrast to the smoothness of this dessert.
When I was done eating, the waitress presented me with a little box.
Inside, held the bill for my lunch. Interesting touch.
After years of driving by, I finally got to try the food here. I must say that I was quite pleased with the dishes that I had. I'm actually thinking of returning during dinner time so I can watch the belly dancers while sampling dishes from the à la carte menu.
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