A longtime favorite on the expatriate circuit, Carter's fills up just about every night of the week with resident Europeans in a celebratory mood. The Egyptian-themed decor interrupted by ceiling fans and wicker chairs tells you nothing about the Western, bistrolike food (alfresco dining is also available on the terrace overlooking Wafi Gardens). Among the best dishes are lamb shank served with mashed potatoes, red snapper with sautéed spinach, and the venerable fish and chips. Most of Carter's action happens inside, around the long centerpiece bar and small stage that offers live jazz and popular music most nights of the week. As the night wears on, diners should expect spontaneous dancers to surround them as the restaurant evolves into a nightclub. Of course it's possible to come just for drinks. If you're traveling alone, this is an easy and fun place to meet other Westerners.
- © Frommer's 2013