Venus Restaurant: Beware your stomach
Vary basic restaurant with few outdoors tables. The walls are covered with compliments of customers, but I wasn't satisfied by the food and - more - got a little sick with my stomach for a couple of days after visiting it.
They serve traditional bedouin food ( for example stewed camel's meat with rice, almonds and peas), mezzah and kebabs.
Favorite Dish: None
Several: Restaurants in General
I went to about three restaurants when visiting Palmyra. Generally speaking, I was quite dissapointed. Only one of the three were ok, especially service.
There are several restaurants to choose from - but check out the menu first.
The service at the Traditional Palmyra Restaurant was extrmely bad - and the nargileh there was poor. I did pass there later the evening and it seemed to be packed (by tourists).
Home Made Apple Pie: Apple Pie in a traditional home
On the last night of our stay in Palmyra we ate in the unusually named "Home Made Apple Pie" restaurant. It was very welcoming, it brought different groups of tourists together - individuals, couples and large groups - together in a very informal, very relaxed atmosphere. The food was traditional Bedouin, but the dessert wasn't - it was an Eastern European apple pie dish made by the owner's wife. The restaurant is a bit off the beaten track, split into two rooms, one of which you sit on the ground on mats, the other with tables and chairs. Food was followed by dessert and arabic coffee. All in all, a great night out. The restaurant was in some disarray because it was opening night, and waived the fee, so we simply left a tip, with thanks.
Favorite Dish: The apple pie was good.
Spring Restaurant: Excellent Mensaf!
Located a block away from Palmyra's archaeological museum, on the town's main street, the Spring Restaurant is a great place where to stop, whether you want to enjoy a full meal or a light snack. Its owner Mohammed is a friendly and energetic person who treats all his guests with special care. He speaks good english and french, and claims to be fluent in four or five other languages! Since Mohammed is the one taking the orders and preparing the food, he can easily meet any of his guest's request.
The price are decent and the food is fresh and generously served!
I had a chance to check out the kitchen and I was impressed by its cleanliness.
If you have a chance to stop by, I would advise you to try bedouin food. The mensaf served here (see below) is delicious and you will have a hard time trying to find this dish in cities such as Damascus or Aleppo. And if you are still hungry, ask for a couple of mahmouls (cookies) as they are baked by Mohammed's mother in a traditional way!
This is a real family business : Mohammed's brother owns a nearby hotel, which seems to be a good place to crash. He can also organize camel trips in the desert upon request!
Favorite Dish: The mensaf served here is excellent. It is a dish made out of frikké (green wheat), strips of chicken, chickpeas and grilled almonds on top of this. A yoghourt sauce is served on the side. If you don't like wheat, Mohammed can also prepare it with rice...
The Tent near Palmyra: Bedouin experience!
Okay, it's not called the 'Tent' but it is a large Bedouin tent near to Palmyra ---about 5 minutes by minibus away from the ruins. There's a tent makers next to it ---and they keep ostriches in a compound there!
Ask your guide.
Oh, a warning: if you have a nut allergy then do warn your guide etc. etc. and carry your epi-pen. Syrians like to use nuts in their cooking ---as I, with my allergy, found out to my horror!
Favorite Dish: Lamb..........oh, try the arak drink too ---not too much though!
Traditional Palmyra Restaurant: The tourists' place to eat...
If you are travelling to Palmyra, do not expect to eat well. It is not known for its culinary treats like Aleppo or Damascus. We had dinner at the Traditional Palmyra Restaurant, which seemed to be one of few dining choices in town. Although the service was excellent and the staff friendly, the food was mediocre at best. It is unfortunate that such an important tourist destination does not offer better cuisine...
Pancake House/Traditional Palmyra Restaurant: wildly variable pricing and fake beer
Almost impossible to miss on the main drag, this place is run by a friendly man and a boy who appears to be 10, but claims to be much older. The first time we ate here, the food was pretty good and cheap. We ordered a beer, and after receiving a lecture from the 10 y.o. about how bad beer was (he will never drink it, Inshallah!), we were given suspiciously watery beer that tasted like the malt beer children are given. Upon reaching Jordan, we worked out we had been given 0.0% Laziza beer, and were righteously outraged.
We chose to eat somewhere else in the evening, not because the food was bad, but because we thought we'd try something else. At the insistence of the small boy, we were dragged back there after dinner for "hospitality" tea, faux beer and a nargileh (water pipe), which the kid smoked most of himself. This little diversion cost us more than our lunch.
Do not be drawn into this restaurant just because the employees are guilt tripping you into it! Although I hear the pancakes are nice...
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Traditional Palmyra Restaurant: Palmyra's travellers' restaurant
Palmyra's main two travellers' restaurants, the Traditional Palmyra and the Pancake House, have now amalgamated under one roof. It has a great location on Quwatly Street, in the centre of town, and you can sit outside eating, drinking and watching the world go by. Every traveller in Palmyra will pass by here at some time.
There ia a good, reasonably priced menu, including both Middle Eastern and North African dishes. The mansuf (mutton and rice) is the house speciality and a banana pancake with icecream makes a nice dessert.
An added bonus is the fact that inside there is internet access.
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husein's "shop": tea and dates
It's actually not exactly a tea-place but the shop owner, husein, is an incredibly friendly guy who loves to have a chat with people. A freindly smile and a greeting will make sure he'll invite you to have tea under his tent and taste his dates. Don't worry if you are not thinking of buying any: he won't be pushy... but he'll surely push you to have tea with him, and will not take no for an answer
Favorite Dish: delicious tea brewed on an old stove by the side of the road, under a tent. the best i have drunk in syria. Someone told me his dates are delicious, but i'm allergic to them, sadly.
Spring restaurant: A place for talk, a place to eat.
Spring restaurant is something between a simple restaurant, a more advanced restaurant and a coffee house. It also have elements of a touristinformation as the englishspeaking owner speaks english and have a lot of information to share. The guestbooks he keeps are fun reading. You can choose betweeneating streetside, in a room just inside or in the rooftop bedouintent.
Favorite Dish: He specialise in local food, including bedouindishes. I liked his soup very well.
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Palmyra Restaurant: Beer in Syria
A shop keeper suggested we should have drinks in the Palmyra Restaurant. We could get a reduction if we drank at least two beers each.
They don't have to tell that to Belgians twice.
You see I enjoy it, don't you
(Palmyra is in the heart of the Syrian Desert, and is often described as 'the bride of the desert'. It is without doubt the most beautiful and magnificent of the Syrian historic sites on the old Silk Road. Its magnificent remains tell of a heroic history during the reign of Queen Zenobia.
It's 6 kms square and can be very hot)
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beduin and traditional food: traditional Palmyra restaurant
the restaurant is actually the cleanest -looking of all restaurants in Palmyra, and the place where the few tourists seemed to eat. Fortunately the food was quite good, and the owner friendly
Favorite Dish: the shish kebab was extremely delicious, the falafel ok and the hummus well, acceptable. However, but I did not taste it, the restaurant specialises in traditional beduin mensaff... the other people at the restaurant really seemed to love it
Bedoin night: Don't miss to Bedoin night
We ate dinner at Bedoin tent. Bedoins singed and danced for us. We danced too. Foods were delicious. I advice to do it. It is 4-5 km far from the city.
The Pancake House - Palmyra
A simple local restaurant that serves middle eastern food at cheap prices. The lemon and sugar pancakes are great.
Favorite Dish: Pancakes