Vegetarian in Jordan, largely.
To be honest, I was expecting quite a bit from Jordanian food. My previous food experiences in Turkey were great, so compared to that Jordanian food was slightly underwhelming. Nevertheless, it’s fairly easy for a vegetarian to survive. There’s enough bread, falafel, salads, rice, desserts to be had. The problem is tourist areas like Petra and Wadi Rum don’t have the best food, but in Amman and Jerash and places in the north, it’s quite easy to get good food. Food on the way,mostly falafel rolls were brilliant,and incredibly cheap, costing barely 0.5 JD or so.
So here’s what to expect:
1. Hashem Restaurant for falafel, hummus, Fatteh. All of it shouldn’t cost more than 3 JD. And belive me, it’s a lot to finish.
2. Al-Quds, close to Hashem Restaurant, for it’s desserts,especially kunefe. A small plate costs just about 1 JD.
3. Pizza Roma cafe for it’s Arabic buffet breakfast, 5 JD.
Buffet at Valentine’s Inn..just about average, 5 JD. Not bad if you dont want to move around from the hotel.
Buffet at Petra Zaman Hotel, 7 JD, just ok.
Buffet at the restaurant in Petra, 10 JD(not the Basin Restaurant, the one next to it), fair enough, one of the better buffets I had in Jordan.
Mezze at Sun City Restaurant, pretty pretty good, the highlight being the hot mezzes, sambousik especially. All for 7 JD.
Food was generally good at the Wadi Rum camp, “zarb”, bread, hummus, curry, rice. The breakfasts were particularly good. Take-away lunch for hikes was realy boring, bread,tomato,cucumber, yoghurt. So my guide started carrying the “zatar powder” which brought some spice to the meal.
Haret Jdouna was the star here. The food was excellent, especially the sambousik, salads, bread, muhammara. I had a little chicken too,which actually was fabulous, I don’t like the taste of meat but this was well done. But the place was very expensive, spent almost 15 JD or so.