Like the 50 Ramadan drama series that have aired this year, there seems to be many Ramadan Tents vying for patrons and attention this year, all hoping to have that magic formula for success.
Tents erected during the month become the alternative for all other dining outlets where one socializes. It’s about antakha, an Arabic word that sounds just what it means: falling back and vegetating. Shisha, mezzehs and tidpits to graze and sample on; sweet cold hibiscus juice and tea; all to enjoy whilst unwinding from the challenge of the day’s fast with good company around.
With Ramadan cutting the North coast beach summer short, finding a good breeze is essential. Carlos on the Le Pasha boat was the perfect place a few nights ago to round up some friends and watch the game. Carlos is like an ahwa balady made accessible to women and young people.
Although not encased under a tent, and very much exposed to the Nile, Carlos is a charming place to gather in large groups. Younger crowds are more prevalent, perhaps all present to take advantage of what many consider (in comparison to other venues during the month) a reasonable minimum charge of LE 100.
Food ordered was excellent, yet service was slightly slow.
Fawanees is keeping it authentic on the Imperial Boat in Zamalek. A folkloric band plays every night, and a tanoura dance is also on hand to add a heavy cultural dose. Fawanees has a great vibe, extremely relaxed and lacking any sort of pretension.
Shisha was judged as being excellent, and food was great. But it’s best feature was the LE 50 minimum charge that invites everyone in.