Sunday, November 28, 2010

Recommended Restaurant in Alexandria, Egypt: Samakmak

As part of our tour with Egypt and Beyond Travel (not to be confused with just Egypt and Beyond) we had a wonderful lunch at Samakmak, 42 Qasr Ras at-Tin, 03 481 1560.

Excellent pita with typical Middle Eastern appetizers, fried calamari, grilled shrimp and grilled fish. Doesn't look like much from the outside. Don't let that stop you from going inside.

Upon returning I found the following reviews. I agree totally.

Lonely Planet review of Samakmak:

Owned by Zizi Salem, the retired queen of the Alexandrian belly-dancing scene, Samakmak is definitely one step up from the other fish eateries in the neighbourhood. The fish is as fresh as elsewhere, but customers flock to this place for its specials, including crayfish, marvellous crab tagen (stew cooked in a deep clay pot) and a great spaghetti with clams.

Fodor's review:

This seafood restaurant is located in a suitably rundown area near the port where the fishing boats dock, and it is so close to the landing stage you could throw the fish straight from the dock to the restaurant grill. Inside, the place has a slightly more formal atmosphere than most and serves exquisitely fresh seafood that benefits from the short walk from boat to plate. The staff is friendly and helpful.

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