Egypt has a rich history of ruling dynasties, prominent monuments, and a unique gait that has been studied extensively by The Bangles. Sample the flavors of this millennia-old culture with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Egyptian cuisine at Al Masri.
Chefs Sausan and Hatem at Al Masri plate up a menu of authentic dishes that hail from the land of the pharaohs. The meatless musa'ah marries layered eggplant with zucchini, tomato, bell pepper, and taro root fries ($16), while the firakh fe alforn slathers savory cilantro, onion, and garlic sauce over a portion of William Wallace–quoting free-range baked chicken ($18). Kufta mashwiya makes platemates of grilled minced lamb and butter garlic sauce ($20) and the gambari ma'li's deep-fried prawns dip their tails in a side of tahina ($22).
Amid the Egyptian décor, belly dancers swivel their hips during traditional raqs baladi performances every Thursday–Sunday. Diners are encouraged to participate by clapping along to the music, joining the women on stage if invited, or sculpting a likeness of their favorite dancer out of leftover hummus.
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