I'd been told this place was one about the best in downtown Cairo and because I am recovering from flu thought I would treat myself. The pictures on the wall are very amusing, the staff seem happy joking with each other wearing some sort of Egyptian/Ottoman get up. I chose the steak au poivre. Perhaps I am hallucinating but under the mediocre pepperless gravy I tried to guess - Maybe they are testing out some frankestein meat grown from a culture in a top security monsanto establishment - whatever it was it wasn't fillet steak or fillet mignion as the yanks would have it. Well, this is truely disappointing and 100 le/ ten quid for that and a half bottle of water when you add the 12 percent service and the 13 percent local tax. I gave 200 le and my change was conveniently in denominations of 10 le or above - clearly I was expected to tip I looked in my pocket for a 5 le note and left. It is tragic when a place seems to trade off a reputation that it hasn't deserved for some time and uses it to rip off new customers and downtown Cairo uis full of such places, In Egypt they often do not seem to understand the concept of once bitten twice shy or "repeat business" .
I think however I will give it another chance but I won't have anything on the expensive end of the menu until I am confident they know what they are doing and do it.