Restaurants

Top Choice Arabic in Northwestern Shore

Magdalena

Subject of a glowing New York Times review in 2016, this 'chef's restaurant' features innovative 'Galilean Arab' cuisine that combines ingredients and recipes that chef Zuzu Hanna learned from his mother – in the Up…
Top Choice Falafel in Amman

Hashem Restaurant

You haven’t tried falafel until you’ve eaten here. This legendary eatery, more than 50 years old, is so popular with locals and visitors that there’s stiff competition for tables, many of which overflow into the all…
Top Choice Syrian in Amman

Rosa Damascena

Rosa Damascena brings a welcome taste of Syria to Amman. The variety of hot and cold mezze is mouthwatering – make particular space on your plate for dips of mohammara be jouz (ground walnuts with pomegranate and ch…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Amman

Jasmine House

Jasmine House is well-named, as the scent of the blooms on the terrace make dining a fragrant experience. The restaurant, in a 1950s villa, takes inspiration from the Italian homes of the period, matching it with th…
Top Choice Teahouse in Shiraz

Seray-e Mehr Teahouse

This serendipitous little jewel in the middle of the Bazar-e Vakil is hidden behind a small door next to the Seray-e Moshir caravanserai. Decorated with painted panels and antiques on the wall, this split-level teah…
Top Choice Jordanian in Amman

Sufra

Housed in a lovely old villa with a terrace garden, this really is the place to eat well, and Sufra is about as good as it gets when it comes to traditional Jordanian cuisine. The signature mansaf (chicken or lamb o…
Top Choice Jordanian in Al Markaziyah

Bait El Khetyar

This can't-miss, mostly Jordanian hotspot makes Abu Dhabi's best shawarma, carved from two massive pits (one chicken, one beef) and served sandwiched, sliced or plated to legions of connoisseurs in simple yet stylis…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Amman

Reem Cafeteria

There are hundreds of shoebox-sized shawarma (meat sliced off a spit and stuffed in a pocket of pita-type bread with chopped tomatoes and garnish) kiosks in Amman but few that have the customers queuing down the str…
Top Choice Bistro in Rosh Pina

Shiri Bistro & Wine Bar

Fresh-cut flowers, flickering candles and spectacular views greet you at this Mediterranean-inflected French bistro, named after the chef, whose great-great-great-grandparents built the place in the late 1870s. It h…
Top Choice Iranian in Kashan

Mirrors Restaurant

It is worth dining in this fabulous little restaurant for the sheer pleasure of sitting in pools of coloured light by day and under a canopy of mirrored stars at night. Ask for the daily stew and relax in the compan…