With Sahel season upon us, restaurateur Ahmed Beltagy – who brought us TIU and Tamarai – is serving up a slice of the Mediterranean at Hacienda Red with his newest fine-dining project, Lucida Coast.
Imagine a gorgeous piece of land in the middle of the coast with white buildings; as you reach the top and look down at the crystal blue waters, you get the feeling you’re in another world, completely lost in your sea of thoughts. You’ve reached serenity. This is exactly where Lucida Coast comes in.
With Sahel season upon us, restaurateur Ahmed Beltagy – who brought us iconic hotspots like TIU and Tamarai – is serving up a slice of the Mediterranean on the North Coast’s Hacienda Red with his newest fine-dining project, Lucida. Aside from its ephemeral indoor area, they have a first-of-its-kind beach bar that is designed to make you unwind and forget about all your troubles. Unlike most other beach bars in Sahel, you can access it straight from the beach because, hey, it’s 2022 and ain’t nobody got time for anything else.
"Our concept celebrates Mediterranean cuisine and lifestyle. We embrace good food, enjoyed in a wonderful setting with family and friends, coupled by amazing entertainment,’’ Beltagy, the powerhouse behind the brand, tells CairoScene. "I’ve also brought in the help of Italian and German-raised chef Giorgio Diana’s vast culinary experience, making sure that we use local seasonal produce with world class techniques to create wonderful dishes that are truly unique.’’
Each dish is prepared with passion and love for Egyptian ingredients. For example, their salt-crusted sea bass is caught from Fayoum’s Qaroun Lake and is made with actual salt from Siwa. On the other hand, their trio de tartare celebrates local meat while showcasing the country’s access to incredible seafood. Expect universally loved dishes with interesting twists such as their lobster risotto or oven pizza that comes equipped with a unique dough recipe all the way from Italy.
Located between Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh, Lucida Coast will be opening its doors to the public this weekend on June 30th where you’ll finally get to see what your Sahel dreams are made of.