In a spectacular location in the shadows of the great pyramids of Giza lies what was once Khedive Ismail’s hunting lodge, and is now The Mena House Hotel. With its gilded and chandeliered opulence, one would expect nothing but greatness from this fabulous venue, and we’re happy to report that it did not disappoint. It Situated Cairo’s best Indian restaurant specialises in mild North Indian–style curries and kebabs, with an emphasis on tandoori dishes.


The Moghul Room is just one of the hotel’s seven restaurants and is widely celebrated for serving Cairo’s best Indian cuisine. Walking through the hotel’s halls is breathtaking and had us craning our necks and gaping. Located on the first floor, the Moghul Room greets you with a display of floating rose petals, a mixture of spices behind glass, and various other Indian-inspired touches that add to the mystique.


Starting with a complimentary course of two samosas and popadoms with four delicious sauces– tamarind, mint, chutney and pickled lemons– primed our taste buds for the aromatic courses to follow.


The exquisite interiors and decor one a feeling of royalty and the live music played by Indian musicians adds to the grand ambience. Sample the spectacular Tandoori Chicken marinated in yogurt, Dal, Chicken Biryani and the Shrimp Biryani. For dessert make sure you try out the mouthwatering Gulab Jamuns or the Kulfi. This is definitely a great place to enjoy some fantastic Indian food.


Though it’s a long taxi ride from Downtown, the opulent decor, good food and live sitar music make it worthwhile. Offers great Indian food in generous portions, at very expensive prices. Open noon to 3 pm and 7:30 pm to 12:30 am. Reservations are recommended.