Eating and drinking in Amman is a delight, as most people will agree. This is the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of the Jordan, after all, the very centre of a country sitting smack-dab in the middle of the Levant. This is the place that once served as a concourse for the lands east of the Mediterranean, North Africa, and West Asia. As such, you can definitely see-or perhaps the better word is “taste” here-a smorgasbord of cultural and culinary influences.
The food is pretty similar to that found in other Arabic countries and places in the area. You can find a lot of shawarma spots here, so shawarma lovers are definitely going to have a field day just going about and trying authentic shawarma. The most common proteins are by a long shot mutton and poultry like chicken. Note that pork and beef, by comparison, are extremely rare-although not entirely absent, though you may have to go out of your way to look for them. As for the most common carbs, you are typically going to find a great deal of rice and flatbread in the dishes here.
There are some dishes you simply have to try while you are in the area. For example, be sure to try mansaf, which is often represented as the national dish, and which is particular to the kingdom. It is a lamb dish made with a dried yoghurt product placed atop flatbread and mixed with rice and a garnish of various nuts. Try meze too, a delicious tray of appetisers or tasters of varied dishes that may be served either as an opening to a meal or as the meal itself. It is often served with the extremely alcoholic local liquor, Araq. Be warned that Araq can down lightweights in liquor very swiftly, though, as it can be anywhere from 100-126 proof.
Now when it comes to liquor, those who want to drink shall find a good selection of bars in the city. Majority of them and probably the best ones in the city are those in West Amman, though. The national beer is Petra beer, and it comes in black and a slightly more alcoholic red version: it can be found all over the city, although the hotel bars and lounges that cater more to international tourists are less likely to carry it and shall be carrying international beers and liquors instead. As for desserts, Amman is rich with them, and the most popular ones include baklava and halva. You shall find a great many more sweets and pastries here to your taste, it is for certain. Even vegetarians should be able to get something that fits their needs: hummus is common in the city, for example.
Whatever your tastes may be, eating in drinking in Amman should see you satisfied, for sure. Be sure to give as many dishes a try as you can because Jordanian cuisine is very strongly praised by epicures and gastronomes the world over. Your trip to the capital just might be your chance to find out what they are always raving about.