Jordanian Middle Eastern Food

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:

Amman

Top picks:

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.

Falafel at Hashem Restaurant

Falafel at Hashem Restaurant

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Hummus at Hashem

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Baklava at Al-Quds

Hashem Restaurant

Hashem Restaurant

Kunefe: An Arabic sweet

Kunefe: An Arabic sweet

Salads and bread, Jerash Rest house.

Salads and bread, Jerash Rest house.

Fatteh at Hashem Restaurant

Fatteh at Hashem Restaurant

Arabic desserts at Al-Quds

Arabic desserts at Al-Quds

Breakfast at Pizza Roma cafe,Amman

Breakfast at Pizza Roma cafe,Amman

Mint Lemonade,excellent for the desert heat.

Mint Lemonade,excellent for the desert heat.

Petra

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.

Dinner at a local's place

Dinner at a local’s place

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.

Food at the Wadi Rum Camp

Food at the Wadi Rum Camp

Madaba

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.

Bread at Haret Jdouna

Bread at Haret Jdouna

Sambousik

Sambousik

 

 

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