Arabia Felix Hotel: Fake beer
The restaurant of Arabia Felix hotel is not a huge one but you can eat in the countryyard and it's always very lively.
Food is ok, a selection of kebab and other Yemenite dishes(remember that Yemenite cousine is pretty poor).
Favorite Dish: When we decided to stop at hotel restaurant, I gave a look at the drinks fridge and saw some beer looking bottles, got closer and saw they were becks beer and was extremely happy as it's really hard to find any alcohl in Yemen.
So I asked for once but, after drunk it was not fully satisfied and asked for the second, gave a better look and finally found out it was a no alcohl beer.
Definitly not the same thing, so i just skipped to tea!
- Food and Dining
Palestine Restaurant: My fav
This place is set up so you can just point and order. The staff is super friendly and the food was great. Try the chicken and local bread and you wont complain. The staff made this place and they speak some English. I ate here 3 times and it was my fav local place to eat in Sana'a. They will probably direct you upstairs if you are with a woman but the atmosphere is great up there because you look down over the street and people watch.
Favorite Dish: The whole chicken, an oldie but a goodie.
Al Khima: LP recommended
I usually dont write tips that I havent personally used but I remember reading about this restaurant while I was there and a few travellers I met said it was excellent so I got the information for it in case I wanted to try it out. It is near the British embassy and the mixed grill is supposed to be fantastic. It is a family geared place so the atmosphere should be calm and cool.
Favorite Dish: Mixed grill and the juice and fruit.
Al Fanoos: Bedouin style
This place has a great atmosphere and it is like a Bedouin meets Yemeni house rolled into one. The place is popular with locals that are well to do and backpackers often frequent the place. The place was closed during the day when I first arrived eventhough the sign said open but after eating here at night I can say it was well worth it. Delicious. They also advertise live music but that didnt start until pretty late (past 930pm).
Favorite Dish: Anything Middle Eastern or Lebanese.
MARKET STALLS: THE POTATO MEN
In several places across the city you will find the Potato Men. They have freshly boiled potatoes you can out a variety of toppings on. I sprinkled a bit of spices and some relish (salsa?) on mine. Yum. They are also hygienic and put the potatoes in a bag for you. Of course that is when it gets a bit complicated. You shake the bag to get the spices all over and it ends up just a little messy. Fresh, clean, only costs a few pennies and made the way you like. Give it a try!
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- Budget Travel
Zorbas: The place to be
Most western place in Sana'a and thus frequented by Yemenis who are ready to move on and up. Busy from morning cappuccino (Illy) through afternoon milkshakes to evening dinner and (non-alcoholic) drinks. Very friendly Cypriot owners.
Favorite Dish: Greek-oriented dishes of decent quality.
- Women's Travel
- Study Abroad
Al-Fakhir: Yemeni food in style
Very nicely appointed Yemeni restaurant, the first one without formica tables and fluorescent lighting. Good service. English of most staff is limited, but there's always someone who can help you out.
Favorite Dish: All the Yemeni and Sana'ani specialties, like mahfout, salta and bint-assah. Just try a variety of different dishes if you're with more people and let yourself be surprised. Most dishes on the spicy side, but not overly.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Food and Dining
Villa di Angelo: Indian under Italian guise
Cozy and peaceful and good Indian food. There are also Italian and Chinese dishes on the menu, but it really is an Indian restaurant despite the name so go for that cuisine.
Favorite Dish: Chicken massala. Spicy but not too hot.
Street vendors: Fresh juice
Numerous street vendors selling tea, light meals and fresh juices can be found in Sana'a new city.
We enjoyed visiting one covered in tents at Ali Abdul Mogni St on the way from At-Tahrir sq to Az-Zubayri avenue. The staff were even welcoming us as frequent customers!!
Remember when ordering fresh juice to ask them to add bottled water (if they intend to add water)
Favorite Dish: Fresh juice, lovely tea
Arabia Felix Hotel restaurant: Delicious to smell and taste
As there were not many restaurant options within the old city of Sana'a, we ended up having lunch in our hotel restaurant. Our choice was also supported by the wonderful smell coming out from the kitchen!!
We ended up with two mix grills which were tasty. Each one costed 700YR (3.5$). Bare in mind that (alcohol free) beer is rather expensive for Yemeni standards (1.5$) as it is imported. A big plus was that the kitchen was kept clean...so no concern for sanitation conditions
Favorite Dish: Mix grill
Al-Deewan: Probably the best Lebanese in town
Restaurant in "tent style". Nice diwan to have a drink or a shisha. Eating outside in the garden is also possible.
Favorite Dish: Good Lebanese food. Acceptable European-style cooking as well.
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