A new Arabic/Lebanese restaurant, where my friends who live in Amman took me for dinner. They said they had been wanting to try it. I think it was a bit more expensive than they expected, but it is quite lavish in decor, the waiters were all attentive and very courteous and helpful with a highchair for my girlfriend' 2-year old.
My friends ordered, and it was similar to what my tour group had been having in the hotel, but tastier and you could order some dishes hotter or milder.
They enjoyed it and the reviews I've read are good, but only being in Amman briefly and on a group tour, I only have hotels for the most part to compare the food with.
There is a kids play area and eating outside; NO delivery service.
Favorite Dish: As everywhere in the area, the HUMUUS was divine!! and lots of hot fresh flat bread kept coming as we ate.
KEBABS very tasty, both meat and chicken.
This too was a buffet presentation, but much more tasty and higher quality than some of the hotels, IMO! ...........more true to the local food.
Great variety of dishes from which to select, difficult to limit to what you can comfortably eat!
The staff very friendly and courteous.
Books@cafe is a very nice cafe located upstairs from one of the better bookstores in Amman.
The atmosphere is very cosmopolitan and even if it is mostly dominated by local jordanians, it's mostly jordanians who have lived abroad who comes there.
It seems in particular popular among jordanians who have lived in the USA.
The place also serves alcohol and has a big screen showing sports, mostly football.
This is the kinda place where 90% of the jordanian girls are without headscarfs and you are more likely to see them with a draught beer in their hand.
The place also has onbe of the best views of Amman from the outdoor terrace.
Favorite Dish: I had a very tasty sandwich there during one of my visits.
The view is fabulous, the great curve of the Roman theatre rising above the green of the little park between it and the terrace where the restaurant (and others like it) stand. Shady awnings keep the sun at bay and the setback from the street is enough to keep the traffic noise and fumes well away too. All in all, a pleasant place to stop awhile over a snack and a drink before (or after) visiting the theatre and the little museums and the hippodrome beside it.
Favorite Dish: The most wonderful fruit juice cocktail - a huge mug of it - packed with flavour and no doubt enough vitamens to keep any cold at bay.
The selection of mezze and grilled chicken we shared was fine, and the service very friendly - what more do you want from a lunch stop when sight-seeing?
Starting at the lower price end, you really ought to try "Hashem" off an alley opposite to the Cliff Hotel. This qualifies as a historical site around here, they have been open for as long as Amman has been a city... You can sit at tables, get your tea from waiters circulating with trays. Very definitely down market, but just as definitely full of local colour! They are open 24 hours.
You can eat here and drink tea for less than 1 dinar!
Favorite Dish: They only serve fool and hommous, but there are several varieties of each. Cheap and cheerful are the words.
The standard Arabic "fast food"
Much favoured by smart young Ammanites, Wild Jordan is the cafe in the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature's headquarters. The building is quite stunning, with spectacular views over Amman. Modern, very trendy - this is as far from "traditional" as it could possibly be.
Special events include Jazz evenings and family breakfasts with activities for the kids.
There's an RSCN shop in the building and internet access, though this is fairly expensive .
Favorite Dish: The food's good, typical cafe fare with a Middle Eastern bent - hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, cappucinos, excellent fruit juices.
Posted by leyle
A door in a stone wall leads into the courtyard garden of the Haret Jdoudna Restaurant in Madaba. Tables are set under big umbrellas, just perfect for a long, lazy lunch, and the choice of mezze on the menu is huge. Start with some cold ones, move on to hot dishes and then, if you have room, delicious grilled chicken and kebab. You can always take a break in between courses for a little shopping in the handicraft shop around the back.
It makes a pleasant break in the middle of your sightseeing, or you could easily stay in Madaba for dinner if you're driving yourself and heading back to Amman for the night. It's only 35km away.
There is a large indoor section of the resraurant should it be cold, but the garden is nicer.
Favorite Dish: They make very good labneh here, served with lots of fresh herbs - so refreshing. Kibbeh, fried haloumi, moutabal - all sorts of good things.
Lebanani Snack is not a traditional Jordan restaurant. There are many branches of lebanani Snacks in Amman. Ive tried 3-4 branches of them. popular and tasty...
Favorite Dish: in Jordan i liked to have food in that place. They offer meat, chicken wraps. Various types of juices. Combo 4 is my favourite.
The food here is really OK lah...
The price here is VERY expensive, I had chicken nuggets served with chips, a Pepsi coke and a milk shake totally I paid around JD10(USD 14.5++)
But since it locates in one of the jebel, it provides excellent view of Amman. You can really enjoy the sunset and see the colour change in another jebel nearby.
At first floor, there is an Internet cafe and an ENGLISH book store, it's the only English bookstore I've ever seen in Amman. I didn't notice the price, but I think it should be $$, after all, it is THE ONLY ONE. :-)
Unlike most restaurant here, servers here can speak good English, and most customers here also speak English. I think that's the reason I like this place.
Favorite Dish: Their Milk Shake is very nice...And basing on what Laurent told me, they serve good pizza. Sadly, I was too full to eat a pizza...
At a time, this place was the gay venue of Amman. With the time, the crowd is really mixed and it is also a place where you can see Jordanian girls without minders and free to speak load, drink alcohol and smoke cigarette.
Very thin and delicious pizza.
Excellent terrasse in summer
Bookshop and internet access
Favorite Dish: Pizza Margarita
Salaampeace just introduces me to this wonderful place.
The location is great, in the same area as B@C.
The food is definetily better and healthier than usual and for a very reasonable price.
Have a try !
Favorite Dish: breakfast set menu
Smoked salmon sandwich
Coffee of all sort
Fresh juice and shake
Wild Jordan Café is located at the Wild Jordan Centre near Rainbow Street in Jebel Amman. The café offers a nice menu of fairly light dishes which could be enjoyed on a terrace overlooking downtown Amman and its surrounding hills. The Centre itself is associated with the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) and has the purpose of encouraging wild life conservation and eco-tourism, as well as local arts and crafts. It contains a shop with intriguing high quality artisanal objects and artefacts, such as olive-oil soaps, jams, and jewellery. The centre also holds some cultural and musical events. I came to Wild Jordan Café for lunch on my brief visit in August 2008 and made a stop at the shop for some great souvenirs.
These two places are located right at Abdoun Circle.
They do the classical jordanian/arabic quick bites that are often delicious and cheap.
For each of them, a small terrace is available on the front side and it is a very nice place for people watching !
Favorite Dish: Chicken Shawarma.
Price above average according to the location
The 2nd floor is the restuarant & bar. as you go in from the 1st floor you'll notice the beautifull bokshop that is locate there. It is part of the cafe.
The place has a great terrace that over looks the down town. A lot of locals, expats & tourists.
In the centre (downtown) you'll find the Jerusalem Restaurant: delicious and untouristic. A simple place too, if you have to judge by the cutlery: you get a spoon and fork (but no knife): the food is the best i ate in Jordan. A huge meal with drinks cost 3 dinars, if I remember well, and it was so much that most remained uneaten.
Favorite Dish: lamb mensaff and falafel. I would have said hummus and arab bread, only because I'm so fond of it, but it would have been too predictable
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