Birdcage – When you’re craving some kind of spicy lemongrass coconut milk deliciousness to get your Thai food fix on while you’re traveling, this restaurant in the Semiramis Intercontinental hotel in the heart of downtown Cairo is the best of the best – globally even. In a city where upscale fad restaurants come and go with the changing whims and tastes of Egypt’s upper-class consumers, this place has stood the test of time and taste by sticking around and continuing to thrive more than 20 years on. A reservation is suggested in case it’s a busy night, but they can often accommodate a small party without one too.
Arigato – This new-ish place has respectable sushi and other Japanese cuisine. The only downside is that the kitchen can be a bit slow even when it’s empty, but the dishes are delish and the presentation of sushi rolls is just… magical (we won’t spoil it for you though).
Sushiramis -this is a small sushi bar with a few extra sit-down tables in the lobby of the Semiramis (get it – Sushiramis) InterContinental hotel in the heart of downtown Cairo at the foot of the Kasr el Aini Bridge and just off Tahrir Square (which isn’t even square-shaped, but oh well). The menu is a tad limited, but if you just want sushi it’s good and quick.