Upper Deck: Sushi in the Sky
We head back to the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza's Upper Deck, this time to feast on their succulent sushi... And we were not disappointed.
Since the Four Seasons Cairo Hotel at Nile Plaza flung open the doors to the effortlessly stylish and incredibly cosy Upper Deck, we’ve become regulars at the haute hospitality haunt, making it our go to place for after-work drinks, pre-party drinks, middle of the day drinks and general drinks. With an awesome set up that makes each table its own private living room (complete with remote control, hello E! News) we headed over once more with purer intentions. And what’s purer than freshly caught and expertly cut prime seafood? Yes, it was time for sushi.
We settled into our lounge, ordered a bottle of wine (not that innocent after all) turned on our favourite channel and began to peruse the sushi menu. Unlike most sushi restaurants, Upper Deck’s menu is just one page – all the Japanese classics and a few creative creations the team at the Four Seasons have perfected themselves. This, of course, made ordering a breeze and an unintimidating experience. For two people we ordered a platter comprised of our favourite choices. We went for the traditional maki rolls, choosing both tuna and salmon, and each bite was as fresh and light as the one before it. The sashimi too was perfectly cut, delicate in texture and the perfect red and pink hues, respectively.
We were also recommended to try their New Style Nekkei Sashimi by our assigned waiter. We opted for the salmon version and were presented with a stand-alone, gorgeously decorated dish brimming with paper thin slices of fresh fish, marinated with hot extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, spring onions, peppers and chillis. The result was an explosion of flavours with Oriental nuances. Our Gunkan ‘battleship’ rolls were also perfectly composed bites, topped with complimentary ingredients such as sesame seeds and caviar.
When it came to Upper Deck’s own signature creations, we opted for the New California Roll made with Alexandrian shrimp, giving the classic fusion roll a local twist. The Tempura Philadelphia gave us the comfort of cream cheese to cut against shrimp tempura and salmon, while the Crunchy Red Hot Tuna was a hot and crispy bite we’ve been thinking about since. With expertise in both front and back of house, Upper Deck continues to wow us without overwhelming us and that sounds like the perfect combination if you ask us.
Find out more about Upper Deck on the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza’s Facebook page here.
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