Last week I was led to discover one of Egypt’s hidden fine dining treasures at Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel.
Because I am always late, I was rushing to find the venue. When I saw an elegant dark wooden entrance at the end of the corridor, I stepped slowly and skeptically – past the wine cellars – into ‘The Grill’. I heard the classical music, which was coming from quite a fascinating mini-orchestral band and a grand piano.
Chef Joachim Textor gave a warm welcome speech over some very sophisticated canapés and some well aged wine. From sushi to venison, it was all there in small, bite-sized hors-d’oeuvres.
Then, all the guests were escorted to their candle-lit tables in the dining room overlooking the Nile. The classy appetizers were served; Smoked Salmon Mille Feuille, Sesame Crusted Yellowfin Tuna Tataki, Alaskan King Crab and a Pan-seared Scallop with Papaya Salad. Needless to say, that they were all quite artistically plated.
After that we were met with a duo of soups. One was a clear, dark Forest Mushroom Tea, while the other was a Lobster Cappiccino… Yes, Lobster Cappuccino! Both served in a tea cup and a cappuccino cup respectively. This was pretty original and they were both deeply flavorful.
To refresh our palates before the main course, a delicious tiny Mango Sorbet was served. It was gone in no time!
The main was just an absolute feast on a dish. Beef Wellington, Duck Breast and Rabbit Loin each accompanied by a micro-side of matching cooked vegetable. The meat was fairly tender and the sides where sweet and soft with a crisp outer coating.
A very refined set of desserts to suit all tastes, concluded this magnificent night. Fresh assortments of common and exotic fruit and a very soft dark chocolate pudding cake.
If you are aiming to impress or want to taste something to brag about, then I highly suggest you show off at The Grill!