Le Chantilly is one of the most siyyami-friendly restaurants in town. For those who just observe Lent on the Holly Week, this cosy and unpresumptuous bistro is a perfect destination for anything from breakfast to dinner.
The breakfast menu has the obvious traditional ful and falafel served with warm baladi bread and mixed salad. The falafel is particularly good – with a fava bean paste that is adequately enhanced with parsley and cilantro and well-fried to the point of coming out of the chef's pan in a perfect gold-brown colour.
Served with tahini, which is not overdosed with garlic and pickled cucumbers, the falafel at Le Chantilly is certainly good for breakfast and brunch.
A wide range of siyyami bakeries is also there on the breakfast/brunch menu. Particularly worth trying are the fresh homemade croissants with olives and the brown croissants that are served with quite a decent quality of strawberry jam.
This mix of Egyptian and intercontinental style menu goes through the lunch/dinner segment of the day – with a totally inviting fatet moulokhiya, a vegan lasagna and a plate of artichoke in vegan white sauce and boiled Egyptian rice. They are all light and filling. In fact the portion of these three plates is large enough to feed five people who may wish to share a few bites.
Alternatively, Le Chantilly would always be home for those looking for a nice and inviting vegan salad bar that is perfectly complemented with a homemade selection of Swiss/French-style bread basket – and for the Holy Week, a vegan soup or alternatively a heart warming dish of homemade gold French Fries.
But the ultimate day for a perfect pre-Easter Le Chantilly lunch is actually Good Friday. The menu on that day is typical of all houses of the Coptic Orthodox community of Heliopolis: Bissara (a baked paste of pealed and dashed fava beans and a rich portion of dill, cilantro and parsley – with deeply fried flakes of onion on top), falafel and ful nabet (semi-fermented fava beans with cumin) – all with baladi and pita bread, baladi salad, pickles and tahini.
The siyyami dessert menu of Le Chantilly has a selection of mille-feuille, black forest and fruit tarts. There is of course the fruit salad served upon request with gelato.
Le Chantilly is the place where one could shop for Easter Chocolate bunnies and eggs or simply buy a box of traditional kahk el-eid (cookies for the feast).
For those who would not feel uncomfortable with having a beer with their lunch during the Holy Week, Le Chantilly is also a place to consider.
Throughout Lent, Le Chantilly keeps its regular Swiss oriented menu and the perfectly friendly service of its non-imposing waiters.
At the heart of Baghdad Street, Le Chantilly has sister branches; La Chesa, downtown on Adly Street and Le Chalet, overlooking the Nile in Giza, have more or less the same siyyami menu but not the one for Good Friday.
A lunch and soft drinks for five could cost around EGP 1,000.