El Konafa Reviews: Pane Vino
8 months ago
There are certain restaurants that have been around Cairo forever, and yet the last time you ate there was 10 years ago (this is not a random number, this is the actual amount of years that passed since I had last eaten in Pane Vino). I don’t remember what inspired me to go again – but the fact that it serves Italian food, has an extensive wine list, serves shisha in its outdoor terrace and has a beautiful view of the Nile made it seem like an encouraging choice for a Thursday night dinner.
Pane Vino is the Semiramis Intercontinental’s resident Italian restaurant, on their second floor with indoor and outdoor dining. We went without a reservation and were able to nab the last empty table on the terrace (although the indoor restaurant had far more empty tables, so in either case, we weren’t going to be turned away). On the second floor, you’re high enough to enjoy the sweeping Nile views, but unfortunately still close enough to the Corniche that the noise reaches you but oh well, this is Cairo not Geneva.
They quickly brought out their complimentary bread assortment and accompanying olive tapenade as well as our wine and shisha. The clientele on a random Thursday night were mainly those staying at the hotel and it was nice to see real-life tourists in the country.
Our starters of Caprese salad and tomato basil soup were totally on point. Good quality ingredients, tasty, and presented well. I ordered for my main course the fettucine alfredo with chicken, mushroom, onion and garlic; it might seem like a mainstream choice, but you’d be surprised how many restaurants in Cairo fail to deliver when it comes down to some good ol’ alfredo. My trusty dining companion AR ordered spaghetti aglio e olio (spaghetti with smoked salmon tossed in garlic and olive oil). My alfredo was fantastic and AR wished his had a bit more flavor.
Besides pasta, Pane Vino’s menu also offers other Italian classics like osso bucco, risotto, pizza, veal Milanese, and a handful of fish dishes.
In a nutshell: great food but a tad pricy if you have shisha and wine. Dinner for two, a bottle of wine and shisha was 1000 EGP.
Tip: don’t park in Semiramis’ garage. We parked for two hours and paid 90 EGP. Ugh.