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“Lost in Translation”
Review of Caffe Moka

Caffe Moka
Ranked #81 of 154 Restaurants in Luxor
Cuisines: Egyptian
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

First the positives.

Caffe Moka enjoys a fabulous shady location just yards from the staff gate at the back of the Old Winter Palace/Winter Palace Pavilion complex. Staff are friendly and welcoming, and it's a proper local cafe where you'll find locals chilling over a shisha.

The free wifi works well (in contrast to the grossly overpriced and flaky connections available around the Winter Palace).

Decor and furnishings are strikingly modern by Luxor standards, and it's spotlessly clean.

The problems we encountered stem from the fact they don't see many tourists. On the day we were there the waiter on duty didn't speak any English. Neither were we offered a menu.

We ordered a latte and a Coke. The cola drink arrived promptly, was ice cold, was opened in front of us and poured into a sparkling glass. Faultless.

The latte caused a problem. No-one knew what it was. It somehow mutated in translation to 'white English coffee'. What I was actually served tasted like a spoonful of Nescafe in lukewarm water topped with a dollop of either what might have been curdled milk or yoghurt. Oh dear. I'm sure they were trying hard to please, but it was undrinkable.

The communication issue meant we also committed the cardinal sin, in Egypt, of not agreeing a price before we were served. These drinks therefore cost as much as in the Royal Bar in the Winter Palace.

I'm sure on another day our experience would be different, and as good as other reviewers have enjoyed.

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Reviewed 23 March 2013

This great little café is situated right beside the Grand Memphis Hotel at the back door of the Winter Palace Hotel. It has changed greatly since we last visited in 2011 and is under new ownership. There are seats and tables, sunshades and sofas and a large screen TV which primarily shows football matches and music. The floor area has all been tiled and is clean and tidy. The glasses when they arrive are sparkling clean and the service is brilliant. The owner takes pride in the café and loves when tourists come to visit – we were treated like VIPs every time! There is also free Wi-fi with a fairly good signal.

You can order food but when it arrives it looks as if it’s come out of a ‘fast food’ café and is presented in polystyrene boxes, but boy is it tasty, piping hot and very very reasonable!! If you fancy a shisha, they are available too, and they serve beer, spirits and soft drinks, along with some lovely coffees and hot chocolate.

A typical lunch would be 4 x chicken wraps, 2 x beers, 1 x water and 1 x soft drink at a cost of approx. 200LE, so it’s all very reasonable indeed. We also used to pop in during the evening on our way back from dinner for a welcome coffee, beer or hot chocolate.

Give it a try – I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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Reviewed 2 June 2016
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