Tucked discreetly behind Cairo Marriott Hotel,Miette; this bijou spot offers delightful bites and beverages for any time of day. The French bistro and bakery offers breakfast, sandwiches, and salads.
Signature Dishes & Dishes Sampled
The menu features several Miette signature items, such as Chocolate Millfeuille, Miette Omelette and Grilled Cheese Sandwich. And friends have raved about the cheesecake. It is worth noting that all bakery items, including bread, are flown in as frozen dough from France before being baked here.
Our perennial favorite, Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon featured in the menu, so it was a no-brainer. Always a test of any chef’s skill, the eggs came out creamy and just right, garnished with curls of smoked salmon and fresh fronds of dill. The addition of nicely seasoned potato wedges and a large baby leaf green salad with a liberal drizzle of tangy vinaigrette made for a substantial meal.
Our latte coffee came with a cheeky little biscuit on the side, but our eyes were still drawn to the Almond Croissant in the pastry display a few feet away. We couldn’t resist, after all, it had been flown all the way from France just for us. It would have been impolite to ignore it. And yes, it was everything we hoped for.
Other Menu Options that Appealed
Miette has a great range of sandwiches and salads, so we would love to try a few. We would find it hard to say no to the Grilled Cheese Sandwich of course, that is a classic that will never go out of fashion. And, no doubt, we would end up munching our way through the dessert menu. Lemon Tart, anyone?
If coffee’s your thing you will be spoiled for choice. We would challenge any café in Europe to match this selection. Fresh juices, smoothies, shakes and a tea section round out the options.
Décor and Ambience
Corner bistros and cafés abound in every French neighborhood, and Miette could easily be mistaken for one. Retro wooden chairs and a simple décor are accented with little green plants in pots lining the walls. The space barely accommodates the five tables and display case, but the coziness was not uncomfortable. Everything was spotlessly clean, and the music was distinctly French. We noted that there was a lot of takeaway trade, with people popping in to grab a sandwich or a few coffees to go. It seems that word has spread quickly.
What We Loved
The attention to detail! The service was professional, warm and attentive, and we found phone charging plugs neatly slotted into the base of the banquette beside each table. Everything seemed geared to making customers feel totally at home, in the nicest possible way.
Clientele Mix: Your typical Zamalek crowd, plus tourists from neighboring hotels. This is a super spot to escape to when you need a break on a shopping excursion.
Price Range: Moderate, especially considering that any items are imported to ensure a consistent quality.
Worth Noting: Miette delivers to Zamalek, Garden City and Mohandesin.
Opening hours: 8 am to 12 am, and 1 am on weekends.
Address: 18 El Gezira St., Zamalek
Tel: 0100 465 4731