The Syrian cooking tradition is one of the oldest in the world, and although the quintessential dishes of the levant region are largely similar, Syrian cuisine has a particular reputation for finesse. Since tragic turmoil in Syria now prevents most tourists from travelling to Syria, Amman is increasingly becoming one of the hubs for sampling Middle Eastern food from across the region, Syrian included. Here are our top picks for the best Syrian restaurants in Amman.
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Naranj Restaurant Amman, Amman
Naranj is known in Amman to be the most authentic restaurant specialising in Syrian cuisine. There are many speciality dishes available on the menu, including sour cherry kebabs and ‘Sayadiyeh’, a famous fish and rice dish.
Diners at Rosa Damascene can enjoy a range of healthy yet traditional Syrian dishes from the menu whilst enjoying the charming decor of the restaurant. Outdoor seating is also available in the summer months for a more atmospheric dining experience.
Tannoureen brands itself as primarily a Lebanese restaurant, however the menu also features dishes associated with Syrian traditional cuisine. Opened first in 1995, Tannoureen has now established itself as one of the finest restaurants in Jordan.
Housed in a Syrian style building with matching decor, Areej al Sham offers good quality Syrian cuisine and a great ambiance. It’s recommended that you time your visit over the weekend so that you can catch the live music on offer.
Head to Bekdash to give their famous Damascus ice cream a try. Made from mastic and sahlep, the ice cream is then pounded to airy, stretchy perfection and topped with pistachio nuts. If you’re heading over on a summer’s night then brace yourself for crowds of people eagerly waiting in line.
Nafisa Sweets is a popular and well loved sweet shop selling Arabic sweets of all kinds, including Syrian sweets. Syria is particularly famous for its sweets and pastries which are often made with nuts such as sesame and walnuts.
Zenbarakji was originally established in 1930 as a small chocolate factory in Damascus. After expanding widely they have now set up an exquisite chocolate shop and cafe in Amman selling the highest quality chocolates and sweets.