Written by Noha El Gonaid
Elegant, simple and modern, Filini is offering you an unforgettable Italian experience that is difficult to resist. Located at the newly opened Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo in Heliopolis, this place definitely knows all the ins and outs of Italian taste, flavor and color.
Stepping in, you will surely realize that much thought was put into the décor of the place: the entrance’s beige wall is cleverly decorated with juicy names of traditional dishes, smartly set-up wooden tables feature such must-have attributes as balsamic vinegar and olive oil, whereas the parquet floor and comfy chairs underline once again the true Italian spirit of this unique venue.
Filini’s open kitchen was yet another asset, tickling our senses with overwhelming smells, fusing together garlic, olive oil and various Italian spices. No wonder we were so hungry when the food was brought. We kicked off with fresh home-made bread (Focaccia and Grissini) that was especially tasty once the waiter let us try it with the dip made of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The appetizers were also worthy: we could either choose from an array of separate antipasti items or take a selection of vegetable, meat or seafood hors d'oeuvre, which we did. The portions were exceptionally big proudly presenting marinated and grilled items.
The main dishes soon followed. The juicy and tender Pan Fried Sea Bass and the crispy Fritto Misto di Mare (prawns, calamari, sea bass and aioli served with a finger licking dip) were literally melting in our mouths; while the Rosemary Roast Potatoes and Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese were perfectly complementing the nutritious yet light meal (isn’t that what all women want?)
But Filini has many other surprises: the menu boasts a plenitude of traditional Italian dishes ranging from pasta to pizza and risotto. For additional pleasure (if you consider yourself a die-hard food-lover), check out the dessert menu, which has a variety of mouthwatering sweets like the Toasted Almond Semifreddo or Chocolate Fondant with Pistachio Ice Cream.
The excellence of the restaurant is further stressed by its efficient service and the friendly, attentive staff, making this place worthy of your next visit.
Full-stocked bar features various types of Italian wine and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.