Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Goal Café

Location: Abul Feda St., El Zamalek
MC: LE 25.00
Atmosphere: there are two places available for guests; air-conditioned inside the café, and outside in Abul Feda street. It’s noisy inside the café and there’s not enough space between the tables. Since it’s crowded with shisha and cigarette smokers, within 10 minutes, you’ll realize that you should find a source of fresh air, even if you’re a smoker yourself. So, when I was there in winter, I managed to open the windows, an option I didn’t have in summer as the ACs were on. Bottom line; don’t go for an inside table if you’re a non-smoker or simply not a fan of secondhand smoking, like me. Outside tables are much better, quieter, and the lighting is cool.
TV: multiple large TVs inside the café. You can watch Al Jazeera Sports whenever there’s a football match, and Mazzika channel elsewhen.
Internet access: free WiFi connection with average speed. It’s been disconnected once or twice in one hour. There’re power sockets inside the café for your laptop.
Your car: it’s so hard to find a parking spot – typical Zamalek. You have to drive around Abul Feda and surrounding streets to find a spot. When you give up (you will), you might leave your car in a second row in front of the café and ask a waiter to notify you when it should be moved.
Food and beverages: menu is of average variety. Beverages are good, food isn’t that good – it isn’t a restaurant after all, is it?
Service: good, fast service (most of the time)
WC: not as clean as it should be. There was a shortage of soap. No hand dryer.
Remarks: there’s a couple of stores for men clothing at the street corner that you might want to pass by on your way to the café, or when you become less interested in staying with your companions :)
My rating: 3/5

Mohamed Shaaban

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