Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 October 2018

Five of the best Syrian restaurants to try in Amman

Syrian cuisine has spread like wildfire across Jordan, with countless locations to savour the dishes of the country  

The Naranj restaurant in Amman, Jordan. Salah Malkawi for The National
The Naranj restaurant in Amman, Jordan. Salah Malkawi for The National

With the war in Syria preventing tourists and food-lovers travelling there, Amman has become the closest hub for sampling Syria’s cuisine, with a number of well-loved restaurants cropping up in the Jordanian capital recently. Here are our top five.

Naranj in Abdoun, just down the street from Blue Fig, is a huge villa decorated in Syrian marble and Arabesque wooden shutters. Its speciality is Syrian cuisine, and their sour cherry kebab is mouthwatering

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Areej El Sham in Umm Al Summaq is also housed in a Syrian-style building, and the ambience is a big draw, thanks to the live music that will serenade you with your meal.

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The small Sarawat restaurant in Tla’ Al Ali is the place to go to grab a meal on the go. Their shawarma has become known as the best Syrian shawarma in Amman.

Bekdash ice cream has opened a number of branches across Amman, and is perhaps the most famous Syrian export; the original branch in the Hamidiyyeh Souk in Old Damascus used to have lines around the block. There are lines in Amman as well; made from mastic and sahlep, this renowned ice cream is then pounded to airy, stretchy perfection and topped with pistachio nuts.

Nafeeseh Sweets also have at least six branches across Amman. This is the place to go for a variety of Syrian sweets, pastries and baked goods.

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