Egypt was home to many wonders of the ancient world, from the Great Pyramid and Lighthouse of Alexandria to the Hanging Buffets of Cairo. Taste timeless greatness with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Egyptian cuisine at Al-Masri.
Chefs Sausan and Hatem send modern taste buds back in time with Al-Masri's menu of ancient Egyptian recipes. Diners dip the tamiya appetizer's ($6) fried fava-bean falafel into cool tahina sauce and root through the tomato, onions, and roasted almonds covering the taggen samak ($20) to reveal tender baked fish. Cilantro, onion, and garlic sauce use ovens as covers to help infiltrate the firakh fe alforn plate's ($18) free-range chicken, and the musa'ah dish ($16) avoids all meats in favor of layered eggplant with zucchini, tomato, bell pepper, and taro-root fries.
Every Thursday–Sunday, belly dancers swivel their hips during traditional raqs baladi performances to a spirited soundtrack of diners' handclaps and music. A collage of Egypt's 7,000-year history wraps around the restaurant's décor, inspired by the royal tomb of King Tut and complete with the teenage monarch's Cleopatra centerfold posters.
I have a beef dish . . . with cucumbers and yogurt plus a dessert with rose water and nuts on it. It was interesting and very good.Sana S., Yelp, 6/15/11
I was amazed at how well they used the space and made it appear much larger than it actually was . . . ornately decorated in regional Egyptian farekeith p., Yelp, 3/4/10
58% of 57 customers recommend
“Sunday night buffet was great food.”
“Loved my lamb shish kebab, and my friend's fish also was delicious. Also, they have belly dancers on days they are open so it was something I didn't expect. The...”
“Loved my lamb shish kebab, and my friend's fish also was delicious. Also, they have belly dancers on days they are open so it was something I didn't expect. The restaurant is cozy and there is plenty of parking outside.”
“Sunday they have a delicious buffet where you can try several dishes. ”
4031 Balboa St.
San Francisco, California 94121