Traditional Egyptian breakfast for the Gulf

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Visiting Abu Shakra, an Egyptian food restaurant in Abu Dhabi, is like dining in Cairo.

This working class restaurant evokes Egypt’s crowds and frenzied pace. In its crowded kitchen space, a single cook grabs from assorted bowls of hummus, fried eggplant, and French fries, all sitting within reach on the counter.

Even its main location – on the ground floor of a faded apartment tower with paint peeling from its concrete facade and wires dangling from dusty windows – would fit in more in old Cairo than in the UAE’s modern capital.

Abu Shakra’s food is as authentic as it comes.

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