The Lemon Tree & Co.
Visit the The Lemon Tree & Co. for upscale casual fine dining in Zamalek.
Dining Signature dishes: Tea-Smoked Salmon and South African Veal Tenderloin
Menu overview: The menu is concise. Brief, but comprehensive. Over the course of the past three years, The Lemon Tree has had 21 menus, showing how versatile the chef is and illustrating the seasonality of dishes. “The main aim, we learned, is to have total control over the production line – adopting a farm-to-table model and encouraging local producers,” explained Mirette Osama, Chef and Co-Founder.
Dishes sampled: We were kindly guided through the menu by the Chef. As suggestions are always welcome, we started with a set of appetizers. The Goat´s Cheese Truffles – cheese balls served with dried strawberries, so light, but at the same time rich in flavor, they were served with crushed nuts, golden honey and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. The Puff Sausage Rolls – crispy dough bags filled with Armenian sausage with a hint of sweet chili were perfect for a bite or two. We also sampled the Vietnamese Shrimp Popsicles – shrimp dough with a hint of sesame oil served on sugar cane sticks – a chef´s adapted recipe from a classic Asian dish. They say you eat with your eyes first and the presentation of the food certainly enforced this saying. For a first course, we decided to share the Prawn and Asparagus Risotto cooked in creamy rosemary and carrot broth, which was very well executed and we were wowed with it. As for main dishes, we opted for one meat and one fish. The Honey Orange Ginger Sole with ginger orange sauce on a bed of mashed potatoes and one of the house signature dishes, the South African Veal Tenderloin – succulent beef cooked medium rare garnished with grilled bell peppers accompanied by a mix of potato and sweet potato wedges. To round off our delightful dinner, we ended up sharing a very interesting dessert: White Chocomosa – little bites of pastry filled with white chocolate and nuts on a bed of gooseberry sauce. The Lemon Tree Katameya is about a passion for food and music.
Other menu options that appealed: The Cocoa Coffee Fillet and the Tea Smoked Salmon (house-smoked in a blend of tea leaves)
Décor: The restaurant atmosphere is relaxed, welcoming and warm.
High white wood ceilings, rattan fixtures, a lot of wood and a sandy palette brought an unpretentious yet elegant feel. The seating arrangements are divided between high tables, tables for larger groups and two bars – one of them with an eating counter. The large windows give an exquisite view of the Katameya Club House pool. The fairy lights adorn the branches that are hanging from the ceiling over the bar give a mystical ambiance and extra charm to the place. The music is understated and complements the atmosphere and the dimmed lights make it rather inviting
Beverages: Full bar with Signature Drinks.
Clientele mix: Mixed age groups, trendy crowd. 25 is the minimum age.Price range: High-end
Opening hours: Weekdays from 7 pm to 1 am; weekends 7 pm to 2 am
Katameya/ North Coast 02 27592599
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