Popular local eatery serving only one dish: koshary/kushari, a traditional Egyptian dish that's somewhere between chilli and pasta. It's generally made with chickpeas, lentils, fried onions, rice, and small noodle, and is almost always vegan (though some places have taken to adding meat, so be careful when ordering elsewhere). El Tahrir has a simple upstairs dining room and basic service. Just tell the server small, medium, or large. It's conveniently located just east of Midan Tahrir (the famous Tahrir Square). The closest metro station is Sadat. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Sharia Tahrir (Yousef al-Guindi)
Cairo, Egypt

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First Review by earthville
  • raw

Decent Koshary

Posted on 12 / 11 / 2015

It's nice, filling, and cheap, but the quality totally depends on the location. The one in Maadi isn't too good, whereas the one by the North Coast next to Marassi is really delicious! Make sure to ask for extra tomato sauce cause they're not too generous with it.

Pros: Home Delivery, Cheap, Filling
Cons: Inconsistent Quality
  • vegan

Good, filling meal near Midan Tahrir

Posted on 07 / 22 / 2011

Kushari is one of the few traditional Egyptian meals that is almost always vegan (other than some mezze), and many people consider Koshary El Tahrir the best kushari joint in Cairo. The location is two short blocks east of the now-famous Midan Tahrir (aka Tahrir Square, even though it's a circle...)

Service and atmosphere are bare-bones but convivial and authentic and the food will fill you up for hours of exploring Cairo. Three sizes are offered, but only the most perseverant diners would be likely to make it through the large, so i might suggest starting with a small or medium.


Pros: Filling, Tasty, Cheap
Cons: Only one dish available


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Last updated: 2011/07/19


Added: 2011/07/19


Added by: earthville