When we go to Luxor in August it will be our 27th wedding anniversary, can anyone recommend any nice resturants to go to?
Depends how upmarket you want to go...for a posher experience (!!) I would think the 1884 restaurant in the Old Winter Palace would be nice. You have to dress up approriately but it seems popular on here. Type in '1884 restaurant' in the search box to read posts about it while waiting for more replies.
Congratulations by the way ;-)
Hi there. Our favourites were the Lantern and Snobs - Snobs probably just had the edge though. Lovely menus with western and local food - and good Sunday roast dinners as well!! Enjoy!!
The Lantern is my choice. I'm an Aussie so the "fish, chips & mushy pea" experience doesn't work well but they do have a special Egyptian banquet which you will have to give them at least a day's booking notice. A gourmet delight and so much food that you won't have to eat again for a week!
I have to go with The Lantern. We found the food excellent. Debbie is from the UK and cooks a lot of the food herself and supervises everything in the evening.
Just to even things out between Snobs and Lantern, I'm going to go with the Snobs option. Lantern is OK, but bearing in mind this is a special occasion I think the extra attention to detail at Snobs wins it for me. For example, the Head Waiter is in a smart suit, whereas Debbie, who seems to perform a similar role at Lantern, was wearing jeans the last evening we went. You also get the finger bowls, cold towel when it is hot and so on.
They both have their strong and weaker points on food, but again I think Snobs has more pluses and fewer negatives.
Of course, it depends what kind of evening you want, but leaving aside the food, Snobs gets the detail right.
I agree with the first poster that the 1886 is also good for an occasion, but we have been disappointed with the food sometimes, as have others if you browse through the comments in this forum. You could do afternoon tea in the Victoria lounge at the Old Winter Palace, rest awhile and enjoy the ambiance, then get a taxi to an evening meal at Snobs (or Lantern if the finesse of Snobs is not important). Then you get two treats!
Try the Oasis (just around the corner from the Etap/ Mercure Coralia).
It is set in the ground floor of a traditional house, is decorated with local art which is for sale, has interesting music and serves a blend of local and international food. The food is good and you know you are in Egypt.
We were impressed by the choice of non-smoking or smoking rooms!
We recently had guests who were celebrating a birthday while they were here in Luxor. The lady asked if we could arrange a surprise celebration meal for them at a "nice "restaurant. We asked at Sofra and they did everything required, lovely meal (as usual) bithday cake complete with candle (the leftovers of which came back to our house to be devoured) and a rousing rendition of happy birthday!
Sofra have private dining rooms as well as normal rooms and the lovely roof terrace. Althuogh they do not have a liquor licence, it really takes some beating and knocks spots off the already mentioned competition (in my humble opinion, that is). But it depends on what you want.
The Sonesta St George offer a 5 course dinner cruise on a Dahabeya for £35 (we think). We haven't tried this, but it should be marvellous! Maybe another poster can recommend?
Another possibility, might be a dinner (and romantic stayover) at the beautiful Al Moudira hotel on the West Bank. Look on their website
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