This hotel and restaurant is at Banana Island, on the West Bank of the Nile opposite the Sheraton. It is reached by motorboat, felucca, or down a narrow, rough, single track road. There are several other hotels and restaurants in the area, but al-Baeirat serves cold stella and is not overcrowded by the tour parties - they use Aladdin, next door. A shady table under a dom-palm in the garden overlooks the attractive swimming pool, with views over the Nile to the Sheraton hotel opposite.
I visited on 4th may 2013, having first checked by phone that the experienced chef would be on duty. I selected fried fish from the main course options, and he had some freshly delivered.
The food was outstanding and very fairly priced. An ice-bucket was provided for my red wine - I know it should be drunk at room-temperature, but 16°C rather than 36°C!
For £E50 each we had bread, tomato salad, cucumber salad, tahini, baba gannouche, soft cheese, hot sliced potato, okra, peas, rice and the fried fish. Portions were very generous. Wine was £E80, beer £E15. On top of all this was a surprize birthday treat for a guest - a 7 piece Nubian group played for 30 minutes or so. And birthday cake (a walnut sponge layered with thin butter-cream, and decorated with orange and pineapple. Even the cat and dog were well behaved and did not pester, although willing to accept what little fried fish we could spare.
Wifi is available free, or you can use the wifi from the Sheraton opposite at €10 per hour or €19 per day.