Sitting on the patio with a view of the city and dining on fabulous food is the attraction at Nabteh o Fatteh Restaurant and Cafe. Throw in a bit of hookah and a sunny day, and you have a glorious afternoon in Amman, Jordan with friends.
Location: Nabteh o Fatteh Restaurant and Cafe, Complex No 34, Al-Rainbow Street, Amman, Jordan
Menu: Featuring classic middle eastern nibbles, Nabteh o Fatteh is the perfect place to relax by day or night. With plenty of choices perfect for sharing such as mixed grill kababs, manakeesh “Pizza”, salads, and “dips”.
Nabteh o Fatteh Restaurant and Cafe is vegetarian-friendly and also offers breakfast selections in the morning.
Thoughts: Located on Rainbow Street – a favorite place for the locals to converge at night – if you are looking for a more peaceful quiet experience, I suggest you visit during the day. The restaurant is a little hidden but follow the stairs down next to the overlook at Halim Abu Rahmah, and you’ll be greeted with a garden oasis.
The seating and decor are rustic with large wooden chairs and tables underneath a canopy of canvas, tree branches, and flowers to shield you from the hot sun. Servers are happy to bring you a seat cushion for your chair to provide you comfort as extended visits are encouraged. Plan to come here and sit for a while.
A few favorites to try: Lamb chops (9.50 JOD) – Stewed in a clay pot and presented with a lid made of pita bread that you peel off to reveal tasty lamb chops and vegetables with the most amazing dark rich gravy. I could’ve eaten the entire dish myself; so if you love lamb, order 2 of these.
Manakeesh “Pizza” – This was my first foray into the world of zaatar, a spice blend of oregano, thyme, and sesame seeds mixed with olive oil. Earthy and nutty; I suggest you do as we did and order your manakeesh pizza half cheese and half zaatar so that you have two tasty options.
Fried Kibbeh (4.50 JOD) – Cracked wheat filled with pine nuts and ground meat and deep fried. Perfect to pop in your mouth.
Hummous Fatteh (4.95 JOD) – Pureed chickpeas with tahini and fried almonds with fried bread. Smooth and flavourful – a middle eastern classic.
Tabouleh (2.75 JOD) – Fresh parsley mixed with cracked wheat, tomato, lemon juice. Bright and refreshing.
Dishes are served with freshly baked pita bread and it’s fantastic! You can watch them cook it in the stone oven inside the restaurant.
Price: Salads range from 2.50 to 4.75 JOD; Fatteh range from 4.95 to 5.95 JOD, Mixed grill range from 8.95 to 11.50 JOD. At current exchange rates, this is a range of $l4-17.
Additional Notes: Shisha/hookah smoking and wifi is available. 16% sales tax and 10% service charge is added to your bill.
Sitting on the outdoor patio at Nabteh o Fatteh Restaurant and Cafe with a view of the white stucco buildings of Amman’s hillside is one of those dining experiences that I won’t soon forget. Add to that the engaging conversation and the tasty food, and the memory of the experience is etched into my mind forever.
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