The first is Fairuz Restaurant, which serves phenomenal Lebanese food. We ate there twice, choosing several different plates to share. Everything was very fresh and tasty. I would easily pick Fairuz as my favorite restaurant of the trip.
Zaza is a restaurant that has live entertainment belly dancing every night. The location is at the end of the strip high above town. You have excellent views of Sharm while you eat a great traditional Egyptian meal.
The belly dancing show was lots of fun. They started off with fire dancers and other performers before the belly dancers came out. We had just as much fun watching the other patrons as we did the show. In one case, a woman from the crowd was better than the dancer!
Layaly Kan Zaman is located on the corner of a long strip of restaurants. They serve fish and seafood, curries, steak, chicken, and traditional Egyptian dishes. We had an excellent meal here and service was great. They threw in a shisha pipe and omitted tax for our group.
We visited Hard Rock Café for Martin’s birthday. It was nice to have a big juicy burger and things like nachos and milkshakes. We had an amazing time but of course it’s still a Hard Rock. You already know what to expect.
Abou el Sid was the most notorious restaurant of the trip. Service was terrible, the food came out at different times for everyone, and the quality wasn’t what was expected. I ordered the rabbit and it was nothing like any rabbit I had ever eaten, and not in a good way. It was at this moment our group of four became forever known as the Egyptian Rabbits, and coined the term “Egyptian rabbit”, meaning “something that has been passed off as wonderful but completely below expectations”.
Here’s a tip: every time you pass a restaurant, you’ll probably be begged to come in and try it. If that happens and you’re interested, ask the host for a deal, such as no tax, a free shisha pipe after dinner, or free drinks and starters. You’ll usually be successful.
For nightlife, there’s no shortage whatsoever. Pacha Nightclub is one of the biggest places and we were always offered free cover and drinks. There are also several small bars for dancing, watching sports, or just drinking with friends. We really enjoyed our night at Monty’s English Pub.