Koshary El Tahrir

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    ( 4 reviews )

Sharia Tahrir (at Yousef al-Guindi), Cairo, Egypt

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.

Categories: Egyptian

4 Reviews

First Review by earthville

very good - Edit

very good food and very cheap

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Down-home food - Edit

We ate on the ground floor of the branch by Tahrir square...the cook was right behind the counter, dishing out koshari. At lunch time, people were dashing in and out, but we took our time. We ordered Medium, which was filling and mostly pasta rice, with a bit of lentils and chickpeas. A small dish of tomato sauce is served with it and bottles of hot sauce and lemon juice are on the table. The hot sauce is VERY hot, as my husband found the hard way. It was very inexpensive. The decor is quite sterile, but I would recommend the place for a quick and filling vegan lunch.

Pros: Vegan, inexpensive

Cons: Not much atmosphere, tables not wiped down between

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Decent Koshary - Edit

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

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Good, filling meal near Midan Tahrir - Edit

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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