We were faced with the challenge of supplying a filling and energy boosting lunch for a group of puppeteer and opera workshop leaders in November 2012. We had absolutely no idea how to address this considering how many people have special dietary needs. Thankfully a colleague recommended Taste of the Nile and we are so very glad they did! The result was over 20 very happy workshop leaders who commented on how delicious they were and perfect to keep them going through an afternoon of hectic workshops. The value for money was truly exceptional also!


Thank you so much to Elaine and her yummy food!”


Louise November 2012


Hello Elaine,
I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for supplying the lovely 'vegan' boxes along with several 'meat' ones for the symposium organised by The Puppet Centre Trust. Several of the participants made positive comments as they munched their way through your glorious food. One even sent me an email to thank me for organising the wonderful lunch! You were superb, the whole negotiation and delivery was a sheer joy - you couldn't have been more helpful!

I will defiantly put you top of my list!

Very best from

Nenagh Watson
Creative Research Fellow 
Central School of Speech & Drama


Elaine El-Essawy catered for my sixtieth birthday party in a field in
Norfolk a couple of summers ago. There were over 200 guests and conditions
weren't ideal for mass catering but she did the most amazing job - not only
did she rustle up truly delicious food, but she did it with grace, good
humour and extraordinary efficiency and speed - she seemed to magic the food
out of nowhere. In fact she was the hit of the evening. And it was all very
modestly priced. I would recommend her wholeheartedly.

Deborah Moggach, London NW3.

“We were overjoyed to have your stall at our folk festival. Your selection of freshly prepared, mouth watering Egyptian food was the most popular stall on site with people lured in by the delicious fragrant smells. It’s so good to see authentic food prepared with love and served with pride. Our audience couldn’t stop talking about the falafels!! Please come again.


“Folk By the Oak Festival, July 2009"



Hi i just wanted to say that I loved the wrap you made for me, it reminded me of my holiday in Egypt.

”Louis Reeves, 20th July 2009"


great food, lovely conversation…probably the best vegetarian food I've had in years!!! and I'm a vegetarian chef !!! thanks again


”Sarah Kogan, 22nd May 2009"




Just wanted to say hi, thanks for the wonderful food that we had at camden on the Bank Holiday weekend, in fact it was that good, I came back in the evening for some more!" Dave ( the lad in the leather wastecoat! ) How about publishing or selling your recipes or incorporating them into a book, I would definately buy


"Dave, 11th May 2009"


I just wanted to say again how much we enjoyed your food. I’ve had no end of compliments on the catering and the party was a great success in no small part due to your efforts in the kitchen!I hope we’ll have the chance to use your culinary skills again at some point in the future. I will certainly be recommending you to anyone who needs a caterer!

”Christina, Highgate N6.  November 2007"


Many thanks for all your hard work on the night of the ball - your Egyptian food looked beautiful and was absolutely delicious!


Jenny, Summer Ball of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, June 2007