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    Aug 2014 · Emily Owen

    When one thinks of Cairo, sushi is not necessarily the first thing to come to mind. However with the availability...

    When one thinks of Cairo, sushi is not necessarily the first thing to come to mind. However with the availability of fresh fish in the city, sushi is fast becoming a staple of Cairo’s dining scene. Mori Sushi was one of Cairo’s first sushi restaurants, opening in 2006, and is by far the best known, with over ten branches in three different cities.

    The menu is a large, boasting appetizers, nonalcoholic cocktails and specialty juices, sashimi, nigiri, maki  and various rolls. They also have a grill option featuring Asian-inspired beef and chicken dishes. While the name says “sushi,” most of the menu is Asian fusion.

    Situated off a busy street, Mori Sushi in Mohandessin was surprisingly quiet inside. Decorated in strong blacks and greys with Asian-themed motifs, the large windows let in enough light to offset the potentially moody colors. As a result, Mori felt decidedly urban yet was still comfortable.

    As an appetizer we ordered the yaki tori (chicken kebabs) and the tempura vegetables. The yaki tori was very disappointing, as it looked really good, but the meat was tough. The only redemption for this dish was the sweet hoisin-like sauce that we used to dip the tempura fried veggies in. The vegetables themselves were passable.

    When the tempura salmon, haso maki and ura maki rolls came out, they were temptingly arranged. Neither of us had ever heard of, let alone tried, a tempura fried sushi roll. It seemed foreign to bite into a piece of sushi and find the meat cooked in the middle. After some deliberation, we decided in favor of the tempura salmon, figuring that this is what “fusion” means. Our other sushi was a pleasing fulfillment of expectations after our appetizers let us down.

    For dessert we were surprised to find a very western array of choices. From cheesecake, to brownies with ice cream and crème brulée, we couldn’t deny our sweet tooth’s call. We shared a crème brulée, which was satisfactory but not good enough to order again.

    All in all, it was a pleasant dining experience, but this reviewer felt it was a little expensive for the overall quality of the food and service. However the sushi was good and this reviewer would go back but would stick to what they obviously do best: sushi.

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