Amman, Jordan - photo by neiljs under CC BY 2.0
Amman, Jordan - photo by neiljs under CC BY 2.0

AMMAN: ALL OF THE RESTAURANTS PICKED BY ANDREW ZIMMERN ON DELICIOUS DESTINATIONS

When Andrew Zimmern visited Amman on his show Delicious Destinations, he and his crew picked many restaurants. Here are all the addresses and the dishes showcased on Delicious Destinations Amman, all in a convenient list. These dishes can be great ways to take breaks from a 24-hour Amman itinerary.

DISH – Musakhan

WHAT IS IT?

To prepare musakhan, quartered chicken is coated in olive oil. Chopped red onions, salt, cinnamon, baharat (a blend of spices popular in the Middle East) and sumac (a spice that gives the dish its purple color) are added into the chicken. It is then marinated overnight. The next day, more sumac is sprinkled on the marinated chicken before it is slow roasted for 3 hours. The sauce is prepared through caramelizing red onions in olive oil. Again, sumac is added into the sauce. The dish is then served on a warm taboon, one of the many flatbreads in the region. Warm taboon is soaked with drippings from the pan and the chicken and sauce are placed on top. Onions are sprinkled all over and it is finished with toasted almonds.

WHERE IS IT?

Najla’s Kitchen
Amman, Jordan

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Amman

Najila’s Kitchen sits on top of one of the seven hills that make up the core of Amman. While its menu varies day-to-day, it serves musakhan every Friday.

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DISH – Maqluba

WHAT IS IT?

Maqluba is a warm and spicy combination of lamb, rice and vegetables, served upside down. The vegetables used for the dish vary by season. Maqluba is prepared through seasoning lamb with cinnamon, cardamom seeds, bay leaf and black pepper. It is then braised for 2 hours. Vegetables are drizzled with olive oil and cooked in an oven. The vegetables and roasted lamb are then layered. Uncooked rice soaked in water and seasoned with cinnamon, salt and pepper is placed on top. Meat broth is added into the layers of vegetables, lamb and rice before being cooked for 10 minutes on high and 15 minutes on low. The dish is finished with a touch of fried almonds and chopped parsley.  

WHERE IS IT?

Sufra Restaurant
Al Rainbow St 26
Amman, Jordan

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Amman

Maqluba is the house specialty at Sufra Restaurant. Here, eggplant is the vegetable of choice for the maqluba.

DISH – Zarb

WHAT IS IT?

It’s no surprise to come across a dish called Zarb while going through the Petra portion of your Jordan itinerary. Zarb is a tower of meat and vegetables cooked in a pit covered with a lid and sand for 2 hours. It is prepared through cooking rice, vegetables and meat (either lamb or goat) in a tall, multi-tiered rack placed in an underground oven. The rice is placed in a pot at the bottom of the rack and seasoned with baharat. Cardamom seeds, butter and water are added into the rice. Meat and vegetables seasoned with baharat are placed on the upper layers of the rack.

WHERE IS IT?

Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp
Little Petra
Wadi Musa, Jordan

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Amman

Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp offers authentic Bedouin-style lodging and meals. Meals here are served on the floor, following traditional Bedouin style. It’s an interesting place to include in a Jordan 7-day itinerary.

DISH – Mansaf

WHAT IS IT?

Mansaf is another traditional, tribal Jordanian dish of lamb cooked in creamy yogurt sauce. To prepare mansaf, water is added to crushed jameed (traditional Jordanian dried yogurt) and brought to a boil. The mixture is stirred continuously. Pieces of lamb are then added into the yogurt mix and cooked for an hour and a half. A platter is then lined with shrak (traditional Jordanian flatbread). It is topped with a mound of rice and lamb, and finished with a sprinkling of pine nuts and parsley.   

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WHERE IS IT?

Alqantarah Restaurant
Wadi Musa, Jordan

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Amman

Alqantarah is a restaurant on the hills above Petra that seeks to expose visitors to the wide variety of traditional tribal Jordanian food. It only uses homemade shrak and jameed in its mansaf.

DELICIOUS DESTINATIONS AMMAN DISH – Mezze

WHAT IS IT?

Mezze is a collection of Jordanian spreads, dips and savory bites eaten from breakfast to late night. It can come in any combination. In Amman, one can typically find a mezze of 3 kinds of hummus, ful (fava bean spread), and falafel.

WHERE IS IT?

Hashem Restaurant
King Faisal Street
Amman, Jordan

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Amman

Hashem Restaurant is located in downtown Amman and visited by people from all walks of life, including the Jordanian royal family. It is open 24 hours a day and is famous for its mezze of ful and falafel.

DELICIOUS DESTINATIONS AMMAN DISH – Ara’yes

WHAT IS IT?

Pomegranate is a key ingredient of ara’yes: grilled pita sandwiches filled with lamb, tomatoes, and tart pomegranate molasses. The filling is prepared through grinding lamb meat and adding an equal amount of chopped tomatoes into it. Onions, parsley, garlic, pepper, a sprinkle of baharat and tangy pomegranate molasses are added into the ground meat and tomatoes. They are then mixed by hand until the mix becomes spreadable. It is then filled into pita breads and grilled in a coal-fired oven. The hot and crispy ara’yes are then quartered and garnished with onions, parsley and lemon slices.

WHERE IS IT?

Abu Hatem Restaurant & Grills
Complex No 7, Prince Mohammad Pathway1 7
Amman, Jordan

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Amman

Abu Hatem Restaurant is an old school hole in the wall grill in downtown Amman. The restaurant only uses free range lamb meat in their ara’yes.