Advantages Very cheap well cooked food. Witty waiters, lacey loos!
Disadvantages Unfortunate location down an alleyway but don't be daunted.
We found this little gem of a restaurant one evening whilst wandering about trying to find some dinner close to our St Joseph Hotel in Luxor. We were tired and didn't want to make much of an effort. The restaurant is about 100 metres past the Hotel Sonesta on the Nile side of the street. It is at the end of a short and unprepossesing alleyway but don't let that put you off and don't let the fact that you have to negotiate quite a few randomly parked bicycles put you off either. (It's next to a bicycle repair shop!)
The outside of the restaurant is idiosyncratic to say the least! It is brightly painted in not very subtle shades of orange and green. Large flower displays abound and there is a distinct air of 'geometry run mad' in the design of the facade and patio area floor tiles! It put me in mind of Escher on speed. Black and white tiles in places that you never expected to see them!
Inside the Ritz was spotless, painted in two tones of a definitely more restful green. The decor was a bit "Hollywood meets the Casbah." but it was exuberant and different and it gave us something to look at. (I am still trying to work out what the figure on the indoor water fountain represented.) Pictures and mirrors dotted the walls in an eclectic display. Plants chivvied for space on the windowledges and shelves.
It isn't a huge restaurant, at a guess I would say it seats around fifty diners. A party of eight came in when we were there and the seating was effortlessly rearranged to accomodate them. (They ordered an Egyptian type Meze and it looked fantastic!) We later found out that they were all local tour guides, so for me that was a good omen if the locals ate there.
The table linen was clean and crisp and the tableware was sparkling. The place looked as though it was tended with pride. A little posy adorned each table. It just felt like a happy and comforting place to be.
As it was all on one level I think that wheelchair access would not be a problem.
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