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Fish Makan: New Seafood Restaurant Opens in Zamalek

     No. 33 on Abul Feda Street is constantly expanding with new restaurants and cafés, and the latest endeavour to open this month is Fish Makan, a pretty seafood restaurant brought to us by the same owners of Mori Sushi.

Set on two outdoor levels with a small interior for the ice box displaying frozen fish, the restaurant is decked out with white tables and chairs, and checked blue paper table covers that are removed at the end of your messy meal. The restaurant’s background music at the time of our visit was of French classics, which clashed with the background music of Abdel Wahab next door and killed any hope of an atmosphere.

Aside from the obvious seafood dishes, the restaurant offers seafood soup, salads and side items like the traditional Egyptian rice dish sayadeya rice (18LE), green rice (23LE) and seafood pasta (55LE). The drinks menu is in this reviewer’s opinion significantly overpriced: 22LE for a glass of fresh orange juice is disproportionately high, as are the soft drinks for 14LE and a bottle of local mineral water for 9LE. A few cocktails and smoothies are available, including the Arabian Champagne and Green Summer, but we stuck to lemonade (24LE).

In addition to the traditional seafood options, the restaurant also offers a kids’ menu including shell pasta with mixed seafood (35LE), shrimp pop corn (35LE) and fish fingers (35LE).

We ordered the whole sea bream (35.52LE) lightly grilled and spiced, two crabs (69.275LE) and six fried large shrimps (159LE for 860gm). For appetisers, we sampled the tarama dip (35LE), a traditional Greek dip of creamy fish roe, and the sardines in lemon, which arrived on one plate but were inexplicably billed as two portions of herring salad for 40LE. The tarama was appropriately creamy and was lapped up quickly with their hot white bread (11LE). The sardines were mashed and soaked in olive oil and lemon, they were as salty as expected but a little messy.

Our order of large fried shrimp was the highlight of this meal. Six large and hot shrimps were fried in batter and served with a small serving of tartar sauce, a very delicious appetiser that we’d come back for. We wouldn’t say the same for the crabs, one of which was served without its claws – there’s precious meat in that. The crabs’ meat tasted bland and not as fresh as we’d like it to be, and at 69LE for two pieces, we were neither full nor impressed.

The sea bream was a delicious main course, though its small size means you should have one each and not share. Its skin was grilled to a nice crispy texture, and its flesh was not overcooked, nor was its flavour overpowered by too much spicing. We prefer our seafood simple, and this dish definitely scored high with our side dish of sayadeya rice (18LE) and sautéed vegetables (14LE).

Despite this, we were nowhere close to being full. While the fish at Fish Makan was deliciously cooked, we hope that the restaurant improves after its soft opening phase and irons out kinks like its very messy bill, crabs and high prices.

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