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    Al-Fakhir: Yemeni food in style

    by dutchwindmill Updated Jan 3, 2007

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    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.

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    Zorbas: The place to be

    by dutchwindmill Updated Jan 3, 2007

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    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.

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    ALHAMRA'A RESTAURANT: UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE

    by DAO Updated Apr 12, 2011

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    This Restaurant has everything! And you don’t have to speak a single word of Arabic to get a good meal. The Alhamra’a Restaurant looks like a McDonald's Restaurant from the outside and like a Kebab shop in the entrance. Don’t let that fool you. This is a large complex that includes the following:

    • Fast Food (shwarmas, etc.)
    • Full Service, but fast restaurant
    • Family orientated restaurant
    • Lovely garden area with a large fountain
    • Dinning hall for large events
    • Prayer area
    • Clean Toilets and wash area
    • Hygienic cooking areas/staff

    Above all it has great food! And the best part is this:

    Where the cashier is located is one real example of every food item and drink they do, covered up. They do this every day. You can see what they make, as they make it, and the price is written on each one. Look closer at the 2nd picture. Great food, great prices and the staff could not be more friendly. They do local dishes and do them well. A fantastic experience and worth a visit. Enjoy.

    Favorite Dish:
    I am not normally a lover of Lamb, but the oven roasted lamb was excellent and a kebab here is to die for. Everything is made fresh and hot. Ask the staff if you can take a picture and they will pose for you!

    THE FRIENDLY STAFF PRICES ARE MARKED ON THE EXAMPLES! THE ENTRANCE FAMILY GARDEN LARGE DINNING AREA
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    Arabia Felix Hotel: Fake beer

    by xaver Written Mar 2, 2007

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    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!

    alcohl free becks
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    Villa di Angelo: Indian under Italian guise

    by dutchwindmill Written Dec 30, 2006

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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.

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    Al Khima: LP recommended

    by JohnniOmani Written Jan 18, 2007

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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.

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    Al Fakher: Beautiful but......

    by xaver Written Mar 3, 2007

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    We tried to vome in this restaurant our first night in Sanaa as it looked really nice but it was full, so after a few days finally we got to have our typical Yemenite dinner in here.
    We asked for some grilled lamb which was served no more than 2 minuts after our order, so two options: it was raw, it was cooked way before we asked for it.
    It was not raw so, they just had their menu prepared and you eat something cooked hours before, infact the taste was nothing good.

    Favorite Dish: No favourite food, the lamb was bad and the typical Yemenite soup too spicy to have any taste.

    Yemenite soup
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    Palestine Restaurant: My fav

    by JohnniOmani Written Jan 18, 2007

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    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.

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    PALESTINE RESTAURANT & BROAST: FAST (STREET) FOOD

    by DAO Updated Mar 17, 2007

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    These guys are pretty good. Need a quick bite to eat and a cold drink while you are out? The friendly outside staff in their clean uniforms will have you on your way in no time. Stop in a grab a table if you want to rest your feet. Cheap, good and fast. On a hot day they also have that needed cold drink as well.

    Please note: There are several places with the name ‘Broast’ displayed and the exact same coloured uniforms. I think they may be owned by the same people and they have the same food. I ate at just about all of them!

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    Zorba's: Illy Coffe

    by xaver Written Mar 3, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This is a greek restaurant in Habba's street.
    We went here a morning just because we've read they served illy coffe and were curious to see if we could get a decent espresso in Yemen after we miserably failed in Dubai.
    The cup was illy, the coffe I have no idea as it was totally tasteless but we got an excellent lemon and mint juice.

    Favorite Dish: Lemon and mint juice.

    lemon juice
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    Al Fanoos: Bedouin style

    by JohnniOmani Written Jan 18, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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.

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    MARKET STALLS: THE POTATO MEN

    by DAO Updated Jan 4, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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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    al deewan: my favourite restaurant

    by call_me_rhia Written Mar 7, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    A wonderful restaurant with helpful staff and a great cosy garden, where you can also eat (and have a shisha). Definitely my favourite restaurant - and very much family oriented... Which means a woman is not looked at all the time.

    Favorite Dish: The mix grill, despite being served with french fries, was delicious. Even better, however, was the lemon and mint juice... really refreshing. To die for...

    mix grill lemon and mint juice

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    la pizzaiola: when a lebanese decides to make pizzas

    by call_me_rhia Written Mar 3, 2007

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    When a lebanese decides to make pizzas, you can be sure that he'll put the best ingredients on toppings on it - all coming from Lebanon, of course. This new pizza place is owned by a young enthisiastic man from Beirut who aims at making the perfect pizza, eventually.

    Well, it was not perfect, but it was vry good - with maybe a bit too much cheese on top. We were impressed - we thought he had been to Italy. Nope: the Italian ambassador is one of his clients, and he bugs him all the time for feedback, so as to improve his pizzas.

    There are only a handful of tables inside and the crowd is mainly young-ish. It's possibly the only place where we have seen women dining with women-friends - at times even without head-scarf. If the place is full, then don't worry, you can order your pizza "take-away".

    Favorite Dish: All pizzas we had were good - as said before with a bit of cheese too much. Kind of heavy, at night - either share one with someone else /it's enough for two people) or have a pizza napoli since it has no cheese.

    xaver's pizza (which was more colourful than mine)

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    Al waleema: lebanese and yemeni food

    by call_me_rhia Written Mar 7, 2007

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    Al Waleema Restaurant: Lebanese and Yemeni food - not memorable but not bad either. We ened up there because Al Fakhir was fully booked on that night... and we were just lucky since Al Fakhir proved to be totally disappointing.

    The restaurant's interior is quite "grey" "and "cold"... impersonal to the point that oen does not want to linger on after the meal - it comes as no surpise that many people just use it as take-away.

    Favorite Dish: The best was the manakish - quite tasty and spicy. The big let down is that our food came with nasty (and unwanted) French Fries

    quite tasty...

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