I should have known as soon I saw them, that La Bodega was unlike any other restaurant in Cairo.
She might have said, Expect glamour, as I brushed by her.
And, of course, she was right.....
Located in an old Cairo mansion, with all its fine fittings and fireplaces, La Bodego showed off remnants of a more romantic era.
Through golden doorways there was seating under crystal moons.......
and a bar under a crystal waterfall.
All the beautiful people were there. With a kiss kiss, they said hello.
And hung up their purses.
And (gasp) had an illicit smoke.
And then they gossiped Cairo gossip.
The waiters could hardly keep up with the orders for chestnut risotto, crusted salmon, and homemade papardelle.
Or perhaps they were taking intrigue-filled notes culled from the whispered tales around them.
No mater, it was a shimmering night....
But don't take my word for it. Next time you're in Cairo, come for a glamorous evening of your very own....
La Bodego, Apperitivo & Bistro
157, 26th of July Streat
Baehler's Mansions Building
Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
+20 2735 0543/6761 or +20 10 523 2923
Reservations by phone only.