Date: Wednesday July 16th; that is, the day before the conference starts
Time: 8 PM
Location: Athineos, 21 Saad Zaghloul Sq (on the Corniche, near the Italian Consulate), ☎ 03-4860421, . The "Mermaid of Alexandria" is a local legend frequented by both Durrell and Cavafy, but alas, it has fallen far since its glory days. The views are still amazing, and the Greek motifs in the gilded friezes and stenciled frescoes give some character, but the food is, despite the Greek names on the menu, almost entirely Arabized: order souvlaki and you'll get kebab.edit
Plan: Dinner at Athineos, then probably either shisha (water pipe) or drinks nearby.
The theme is exploring old-school Alexandria. Not sure about the exact price level, maybe a local can help out? Here's a pretty scathing review from al-Ahram, but this is not the kind of place you go to for the food: Inside the Athineos, it is easy to imagine the golden age of Alexandria.
I think the idea is great. But I think there are many restaurants doing kebab better than Athineos,like “ balbaa”, "abou shakra"&"abou fares". I live in Alexandria and I am willing to help my contact is +20101610675.
This is not about eating kebab -- it's supposed to be a Greek restaurant. Jpatokal 14:52, 15 July 2008 (EDT)
That was a bit of a washout: I showed up at 8 PM, but as far as I can tell, nobody else did. Apparently the logistics of getting to and around Alex proved a bit too hard... Jpatokal 02:31, 17 July 2008 (EDT)