Mayrig restaurant debuts in Egypt

Mayrig restaurant debuts in Egypt

A guardian of Armenian culinary heritage, Mayrig restaurant has been serving authentic Armenian cuisine in the heart of Beirut’s Gemmayze neighborhood for the best part of 19 years. Led by founder Aline Kamakian, the brand just launched its first branch in Egypt.

Mayrig, meaning “mother” in Armenian, is a tribute to all Armenian mothers. The restaurant offers a wide array of cold and hot mezze, fresh salads and dishes that are rich in Silk Road spices and Mediterranean flavors.

In an exclusive statement for Hospitality News ME, Aline Kamakian, owner and CEO of Fig Holding, said: “Since 2003, I have adopted my father’s dream to spread Armenian culinary heritage and introduce the world to this vast cuisine. After Riyadh, Yerevan and the Maldives, Mayrig has landed in Cairo at the Crowne Plaza Arkan. I can’t wait to introduce the Armenian art of food, with its contrasts, to the great Egyptian people. Egypt has provided a home to Armenians and the Armenian diaspora. We will be offering the usual Mayrig menu on a rooftop open space, where people can enjoy the outdoors while enjoying their favorite meals.”

Mayrig, Lebanon’s first Armenian restaurant, is set to become a popular spot in Egypt, offering a home-coming feeling and a magical place where one can revive old memories and share, in good company, a magnificent array of homemade delicacies that are a treat for all the senses.

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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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