Sanaa restaurant & bakery
Ahmad At-Tarawenah Street
The best restaurant in AmmanYemen has unfortunately contributed significantly to Jordan's large and diverse refugee demographic. The best example of this is the Sanaa restaurant. Named after Yemen's ancient capital, and serving up national classics. Biryani is the national dish, but is not why you ought to come here. I would urge you to over look it, and ask for the menu from Sanaa's next door neighbor and sister restaurant Bab al-Yemen. It offers far more verity and far more flavor. It's a rip-and-pinch style of eating so don't skimp on the delicious Malawah bread. Personal favorites include any type of fool (broad bean stew), fahsah stew, or Akdah stew. They also make a simple yet entrancingly good omelet. Don't go without a pot of Yemeni style tea; it is mixed with several spices and more flavorful than its Levantine cousin. The flavors of Yemeni food make a pleasant break from the salty and herby Jordanian fare. In short the flavors and traditional nature of this place make it one of, if not the, best restaurant in Amman.
There are two IMPORTANT things to know about this place: 1. Yemeni society is very conservative so uncovered women will probably be looked at 2. There are very few English speakers here so be ready to practice arabic.
Great food, and a great atmosphere. The restaurant is naturally a favorite haunt for the refugee community that lives in the working class community of Jubieha. Sanaa also doubles as a great place to meet people and learn about countries other than Jordan.