Maha's Fine Egyptian Cuisine
Words and Images by Pelin Keskin
The best way to describe this place is 'Egyptian brunch' but it's funny that the term 'brunch' is used to describe the 'late breakfast' concept when it's been a custom for many different cultures for many different years. If this is Egyptian brunch then dim sum is Chinese brunch and so on and so forth and so you understand my reluctance to call it that.
Anyway! When we turned up here on a weekday it was mainly to avoid having to wait an hour on weekends but we still waited about twenty minutes because of two excellent reasons; it is a small space and it is just that good. I am a fan of small, intimate settings so the fact that Maha's satisfied this pretentious fake-deep preference of mine was amazing!
We ate the 'Cairo Classic' and the 'Sunny Eggs and Foole' with Turkish coffee to drink. The food was nothing short of incredible. What was even more incredible was the warm hearted feeling you get from this place. Maha's is named after a woman, like many women of colour, who is passionate about cooking for her loved ones. The difference is that Maha has turned this passion into a business. This way it's not just her family that is praising her cooking but also random ass food critics like myself. She has her family helping her out and that's the warm feeling you get from coming here. You are served up hearty food with pungent pride. It might not be a tangible thing but you can taste that too.
The only thing I wish was different is that the cups they serve the Turkish coffee in need to be smaller. Other than that, totally worth the trip.
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