Portland >Food & Dining > Mummy's
622 SW Columbia St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720145.514483 -122.681715
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Neighbors West - Northwest
Don't Do It! – This place was just bad. The food was tastless and gross, and very overpriced. We even had a buy one get one free entertainment card, and it was still insanely over priced. If you want plain chicken on a stick, and plain white rice, go for it. And also the atmosphere wasn't nice, it was just kind of musty and shabby. The belly dancing (we just happened to be there during it) was kind of scary!
Horrible food, prices, service! – I went to Mummy's a couple years ago and I would have to say this was the worst restaurant in town. It had the stench of a tomb when you walk in and the waitstaff walked around like cold, unfriendly zombies. I don't think we heard a hello, a smile, or thank you out of the guy once.
They serve cold pita bread with foil wrapped BUTTER for an appetizer. BUTTER??? Yuck.. The $17 + meal I got was a disgrace. Partially cooked vegetables, bad sauces, I really do wish I had something good to say about this place. It could have potential, but the food was just so horribly bad, I can't believe they can stay in business. And the funiest part was that they sell egyptian art... Some sort of glass with pharoh etchings on them. And are charging like $10,000 for them? You've got to be kidding.
I'd rather be Mummified then eat here again.... – I wanted to be adventerous, so I thought I would give this place a try. As a previous reviewer mentioned, it was a quiet as a tomb. The decor was outdated, and the restaurant had a shabby, unclean apperance. There was only one other party dining, and usually that's not a good sign. The menu choices were few, and not very original being that egyptian food is supposed to be their specialty. There were no vegetarian entree options offered. We ordered the fava bean appetizer, as well as the yogurt dip appetizer. The fava bean appetizer stated on the menu that it contained mashed fava beans, and it sounded similar to hummus, which they also offered as an appetizer. The appetizer came out as whole beans, swimming in an oily sauce. The ancient waiter (who I assumed was also the owner) brought out the appetizers with hard, un-grilled pita bread that tasted very stale. The food had no flavor at all and was so bland it needed salt poured on it (and I never, ever salt my food.) The entrees were stone cold. Even the dish the scampi was brought in was not even warm (I could wrap my hands around it!!) The food and side dish of steamed veggies looked like it had been sitting out all night. The scampi was so in a nasty looking sauce, but I tasted it to give it a try, and besides it being cold, like the appetizers, had no flavor. I skipped eating it since I didn't feel like getting sick. The other entree of a chicken kabob as overcooked and also barely warm. I cannot believe they charge $16 a plate. I wound up having appetizers at another place later in the evening.
It's all in your attitude – It took me a few times passing by before getting up the courage to head down the eerie stairwell, but I was pleasantly surprised downstairs. I expected a nasty place, but instead found the rundown 70s egyptian decor quite fun! The 2 owners run the joint and have been there for 25 years (and look it). Never more than a few people, but the drinks are creative and well priced. We haven't eaten a meal yet, but the appetizers have been very good. It's a funky joint and a great place for stopping by for something a little different.
Ancient Egyptian tombs are the inspiration for this slightly eerie, yet friendly lounge. – In Short
This friendly little bar is usually as quiet as, well, a tomb. Sarcophagi and hieroglyphics decorate the walls, and the booths are separated by glass partitions etched with Egyptian patterns. Affordable drink specials follow the Egyptian theme. The Sphinx is an inscrutable mix of Galliano, triple sec, orange juice and light cream. Others include the Ramses, the Egyptian Princess, or the King Tut.
Pass it up – Although I've never been to Egypt, I thought what a great theme for a restaurant. I love ethnic food and enjoy great ambiance. As I entered the basement I was quickly let down. Instead of a smartly designed Egyptian inspired space, it was tacky and felt like a smoky lounge from the 70's. We should have left as soon as we noticed there was no one else in the restaurant at dinner time. To play it safe I ordered the specialty of the house - lamb. A basic side salad was served with tough pita bread. The lamb was overcooked and dry. I've had frozen lean cuisine that tasted better. This place has nothing going for it.
You're kidding, right? – The tuna in the pita sandwich looked like it was transferred straight out of the can. To boot, a glossy square slice of wax American cheese was added. Combine this with a cup of Campbells Chicken Noodle soup, and you have the $4.75 soup and sandwich combo. I'm very intrigued by the $16.50 items on the dinner menu. I was the only patron at lunchtime, a huge clue.
Average food, but OHHH those drinks! – The food here is ver average middle east/med. fare. The kabobs were quite good, especially the chicken ones, but the lamb seemed very hit or miss. The spicy almond chicken was dry as a bone and the sauce/marinade tasted like it had been in a jar for some time. On the upside, the service was great. Friendly and attentive without being overbearing. It is in the beverage dept. that Mummy's shines. A very well stocked bar at good prices with some of the more inventive drink specials you will find in the city. Just my 2 cents, but skip dinner and just go for drinks.
dont with the food – After reading some reviews here. I should of heeded the warning. Drinks were ok, kinda pricy for what you got. The food was tasty, but not worth 16.50. The lamb dish had about 2 ounces of meat in it and the rest was sauce. A glob of oily rice and the 3 beans, 5 small pieces of zuchinni and the almost raw carrots was not worth 16.50.
The service sucked, very unfriendly and not very helpfull. The carpet looked like it hadnt been vacummed ever. And the art work was cheesy at best with over the top prices if I wanted to buy any of it.
Belly dancers where starting up as we were leaving. I want not impressed with this place at all.
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