Meya Meya

Restaurants, North African Lisson Grove
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Lord only knows how many people have slogged up Edgware Road to Meya Meya, only to then stand aghast at its sanitised takeaway interior before turning and shuffling off back down the street. Pity them for not knowing that the restaurant proper actually lies down a pokey flight of stairs, and that it’s here where those in the know dine on the Egyptian fiteers (stuffed filo pastry envelopes most closely resembling a pizza) for which Meya Meya is best known: the Cairo fiteer, for example, contains a hearty helping of smoked beef (basturma) alongside tomatoes, peppers and olives. Those willing to explore the menu will find plenty of alternatives to fiteer, including Egyptian staples such as fuul and falafel – the former well seasoned, the latter crunchy on the outside, authentically green and fluffy within. It might not look like much, but Meya Meya is full of surprises.


Venue name: Meya Meya
Address: 13 Bell Street
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm, dinner served 6-10.50pm daily.
Transport: Tube: Edgware Road tube
Price: Main courses £3.50-£7.80. Set meal £12-£16 per person (minimum 2). Unlicensed. Corkage no charge.
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Akram Ramadan H

First the restaurant's name is now "Ahl Cairo", so don't be confused when you arrive there and don't find Meya Meya sign, same food though.

Your first impression when you arrive there might be a bit of a disappointment because of its humble façade and interior, but I can definitely assure you that looks cannot be more deceiving. Take it from an Egyptian, this is probably the only place you will find in London (if not UK) that you can taste true Egyptian cuisine. (which fyi is totally different from Lebanese, Persian, ...etc)

I have been there many times with different friends, the variety of the dishes in the menu always succeed to meet everyone's needs. From a carnivorous Nas Mix Fiteer to vegiterian Koshary, all served fresh and delicious in the same way you would have had them in Egypt. Although it is not a Michelin stared restaurants but you will find great hospitality from the staff there. It is hard for me to pick my favourite dish, but for sure you will not regret ordering Koshari, Fatta, Fiteer or Falafel.

So if you are an Egyptian expat who craves for your mother's food, or you visited Egypt and can't get over it's unforgettable flavours, or simply want to explore new cuisines, don't look any further, this is your place!


For anyone hankering for Egypt its the real thing. Such great value. I have been several times and chef only brings his A game every time. The pickles are fabulous and the fatta delicious. The fiteer is great but go for the hawawshi or molokheya and rice. Just like ommi makes!


Try the falafel wrap with feta & tomato, a special coffee & a rice pudding. Love this place & the amazing service.