- Pub 28, or simply 'The Pub' as it is referred to by its regulars, is another of those Cairo institutions that you're unlikely to simply wander into if you're not a local resident. For one thing, the exterior of the place is decidedly dingy and the sign that displays the name is barely readable in the dimly-lit section of Shagarat El Dor Street. Once you enter the pub, it's decidedly dark, enhanced by poor lighting, dark brown tables and wood panelling. This bar caters to all age groups, with one of the most eclectic crowds you will ever see in Cairo: from the elderly regulars visiting their favourite haunt to the young college students that make you wonder about Egypt's ID policy. Food-wise, the Pub serves…well, pub food, albeit with a distinct Egyptian twist, and the mezzas alone are enough of a reason to visit the place. Definitely go for the white feta cheese with tomato dip, and order it with chopped up onions and hot peppers if you're feeling adventurous; you won't regret it. The meatballs come grilled and spiced really well, the kofta is char-grilled, and the kebda is grilled and crispy; all very popular appetisers. For the main courses, the steaks are good for the most part, although the place really would benefit from a more consistent meat supplier because sometimes the order can be rather stringy. The pub's signature dish, however, is definitely the sayadiya (fish tagine with rice), which features very crispy fish and rice cooked just right. The sliced fillet steak, which is really juicy and tender, is also another great choice. All dishes are very moderately priced; you can easily have a meal and a drink for under 100LE, unless you order the steak for a main course. The drink selection is pretty much what you would expect from any old pub in Egypt. All the local beers, wines and most of the imported liquors are available but don't even think about ordering a sophisticated cocktail– you may get a puzzled look from the bartender. Atmosphere-wise, don't expect to hear the latest hits; as some like to joke, the music playlist has been closed to additions since 1986. And definitely do not expect to see any dancing. Pub 28 is a great place for a conversation over a drink and some delicious food. The pub is an especially popular destination for late weekend lunches.
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