Abou Shakra was established in 1947 by Ahmed Abou Shakra in one of the oldest districts in old Cairo, El Kasir El Einy. Since then they have expanded to twelve locations in Egypt although I think this is the original location. Apparently they run a successful takeout business as well. There is nothing astounding about an Egyptian restaurant in Cairo that serves up a wealth of grills, kofta, mezzas and more. There are a few notable restaurants that rise above the rest, and Abou Shakra is one of them. Lauded in the past as a high-quality venue with traditional Egyptian cuisine, Abou Shakra is today a mid-range eatery with fairly satisfactory local cuisine. For me it was a place with good air conditioning in downtown Cairo, as an alternative to not taking pictures in the non-airconditioned Cairo Museum. As I have stated repeatedly, the current Egyptian regime/Supreme Counsel of Antiquities/Zahi Hawass does not allow any photographs in any museums or inside temples (and they wonder why there are no tourists).