El Konafa Reviews: O’s Pasta
8 months ago
You’ll be hard-pressed to know about this place unless you accidentally stumbled upon it while on your way to Abu Sid Zamalek. This tiny little pasta joint is almost hidden off of 26th July street, and visible only to the discerning eye.
Once you walk in, you’ll realize just how small it is – maybe about five/six tables total, with a small open kitchen that looks into the dining area. The tables are all brightly painted and welcoming, but don’t expect anything fancy.
What’s on the menu
The menu offers a couple of soups, a few salads and around 13 original pasta dishes (don’t go if you’re in the mood for anything besides pasta). I ordered the “Rosemary’s” – penne pasta with lightly buttered chicken breast and fresh mushroom in a rosemary infusion sauce. While I was excited about the description, the dish undelivered a bit. It tasted fine, but it wasn’t what I expected from a pasta place whose one and only specialty is pasta. I felt like the sauce was a bit bland and didn’t differ much from the ubiquitous pasta-with-white-sauce served everywhere in the country.
My trusty companion AR ordered “La Vie En Rose”, penne pasta with shrimp in an oregano/basil/tomato/cream rosé sauce (again, their description). The rosé sauce was definitely better than the rosemary one. Other types of pasta they offer: pesto, beef in a tri-pepper sauce, Bolognese and spaghetti with bottarga, among a few others.
For dessert, their lemon bar is a must.
I have to say I appreciated the whole open kitchen concept and how the owner himself gets in there to whip up a dish or two. I just feel like it underdelivered a tad taste-wise, I don’t know, but let me know your experiences because most people rave about this place.
In a nutshell: it’s a good place to swing by for lunch, but don’t go for a long dinner or if you want an extensive menu and ambient atmosphere.