For a culturally forward, authentic and funky dining experience, Radio Cairo, located in the swanky suburb of Cremorne delivers just that.
Rated number one in the area by TripAdvisor, Radio Cairo has been serving up hit dishes since late 80s/early 90s, which are packed full of African, Indian, and Caribbean flavours.
It’s a refreshing restaurant as the food speaks for itself and therefore has become an institution in the area, with locals and visitors going there frequently to dine and/or order takeaway.
I visited Radio Cairo recently as part of a pre-movie dinner date, as it’s right across the road from the iconic and classic Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace which is also a must-do in Sydney! But that’s for another blog post.
As the old saying goes ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ and this is true for Radio Cairo – from the outside of the restaurant, it doesn’t look anything fancy. However, once you go inside you start to see why this place is enjoyed by the locals.
With a humble, warm and electric decor, Radio Cairo celebrates its cultural origins and radiates a relaxed atmosphere.
Entrees spice things up
To kick of our evening we ordered the Cajun Popcorn featuring New Orleans style seasoned shrimp and spicy apricot sauce; Afro Fries being hand broken crispy spice dusted jacket potatoes with aioli on the side; and finally the South African Lamb Sosaties which is marinated lamb fillets spiced with apricot, char-grilled South African style served on a skewer with sour cream and chili.
Each dish was packed with flavour and cooked on point – no pretentious over the top styling, simple and homely. My favourite out of these three was the Cajun Popcorn.
Mains a meaty feast
Next it was onto the main dishes that consisted of Cuban Juju Sirloin Slippers and Kenyan Beef Rump and Potato Curry.
Yum! I think this sums it up. Both dishes delivered a tantalizing feast making us feel like we were jumping from Cuba to East Africa and Malaysia with each spoonful.
They had good portions, full of balanced flavours, fresh and not boring. After a while you get the same kind of dishes/cuisines in Sydney, so this was a delight to have a style so unique, tasty and executed well.
The Cuban sirloin dish featured a well-cooked Angus grass fed steak marinated with exotic juju-Cubano spices. While the Kenyan Beef and Potato Curry was a classic East African dish served as sweet, hot and sour.
Dessert a heavenly treat
What’s a dinner date without dessert? So, next thing we know a Deepest Darkest Chocolate Cake and the special menu’s Butterscotch Pudding is placed on our table. The following few minutes were a heavenly blur as the sugary treats were quickly devoured.
Overall, my Radio Cairo experience was a highlight in Sydney and features in my top 1o. Even though it’s been around since the late 80s/early 90s it continues to be a vibrant restaurant serving up tasty and unique dishes. Also the service is great, price is affordable, atmosphere is down-to-earth and they offer BYO and a healthy wine, cocktail and spirit list.
I recommend this place as a perfect date night option – by having dinner here before a movie at Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, which is a classic 1930’s cinema. This venue plays both the latest and retro films such as Big Trouble in Little China and Ferris Bueller’s Day Out.
Tip: Make a reservation at Radio Cairo in advance as this restaurant gets booked out quickly.
83 Spofforth St, Cremorne NSW
Cost: Entrees $5.75 to $15.95; Mains $17.75 to $27.75; Dessert: $5.50 – $11.50
Tel: (02) 9908 2649
Rating: 4.6 out of 5
Overall, my Radio Cairo experience was a highlight in Sydney and features in my top 10. Even though it’s been around since the late 80s/early 90s it continues to be a vibrant restaurant serving up tasty and unique dishes. Also the service is great, price is affordable, atmosphere is down-to-earth and they offer BYO and a healthy wine, cocktail and spirit list. Rating: 4.6 out of 5.