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Sunday, 19 March 2023

There’s no set menu at Fasahet Somaya, but it’s always a culinary experience


This miniscule eatery packs a punch: Downtown’s Fasahet Somaya only seats about 10 people and has no set menu. Instead, the restaurant’s owner, Somaya Al-Asyoty, plans select dishes each day, depending on what she sees at the market and inspires her. Eating at Fasahet Somaya is like having a home cooked meal — traditional Egyptian dishes like molokhiya, tiny buttery quail, and stuffed vegetables are often on offer. At other times, Somaya experiments and surprises guests with new dishes like slow-cooked lamb with chocolate. And she keeps an eye on each table to see how they enjoy their feast. The atmosphere at Fasahet Somaya is home-y and the food is filling. Get in early before the evening queues start, or put your name on the waitlist and head to an ahwa or nearby Horreya for a quick drink beforehand.

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