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“Chaine Does Iftar”
Review of Reem albawadi

Reem albawadi
Ranked #32 of 716 Restaurants in Amman
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed July 18, 2014

I was fortunate enough to attend a Company event at this venue and had a thoroughly good time. The Iftar tent makes a great venue and considering there must have been around 100 of us, the Iftar was delicious. Great choice of dishes- although chips are not a good idea when they have to sit for 30 minutes while the Sun goes down-cold chips -not good. I'd like to go again outside of Ramadan, to try their food. Great venue, great atmosphere.

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Reviewed June 6, 2014

As an American, but used to Arab ways, the amount of lemon in the fattoush salad, the arugula salad they call something else not translated well, but in British English is called rocket and in Arabic it's jarjeer, and in the stuffed grape leaves with a lettuce base was way too much and had to be toned done with the Russian and fava bean in yogurt salads and our main meal, stuffed lamb with oriental rice. The jarjeer salad also included tomato and sumac, a lemony spice. When one uses sumac, lemon is not needed, but lemon was a definite over-taste which killed any other flavor. The yellow white rice was delicious with fried almonds on top, but I missed the Persian and North Africa raisins that are omitted here. The lamb meat pulled from the bone by the waiter was already falling off the bone and this part of the service was unnecessary. Also I wanted to keep all of these parts for the feral cats I feed in the street, so I asked the waiter to leave them on the table rather than take them away.

Other than that...the service was typical Jordanian...take the order, leave the prerequisite drinks and accoutrements, bring the bread and salads, all in succession. But instead of looking at your table to see how you are doing, if you are finished with individual mezze plates, need water filled as the tables are so large, one has to get up and walk to the other end, grab the bottle, salt and pepper, napkins and bring them over to your side before reseating, they look over you. Trying to get the attention of waiters is basically invading their personal space. There were 3 standing around gabbing with each other while we tried to get their attention, the same complaint the world over in service industries. Again, the habit of glossing over your table for tables far away when the ones around them may need attention needs to be changed. The service is better than it used to be when waiters would totally disappear and you had to get up to go into the kitchen to find them, munching and gabbing, but still refinements can be made.

This place is huge, so many very large rooms inside and out, the typical bread maker on show making shra', an extremely thin bread, and you know they are targeting tourists as well as the locals. Good for them to do so. But what is not typical for western restaurants is the freedom children can have playing around the gorgeous cylindrical water fountains outside with yet more tables. Children can be very happy in such a place and testy adults can be seated elsewhere. For some of us, watching the children at play can be therapeutic. It is yet another service offered here. The place is worth going to even with my beginning criticisms.

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1  Thank Carfash
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Reviewed June 6, 2014

my first meal in jordan, great food and company, a multicultural clientele, mostly saudi. most enticing atmosphere, light rather dim in the evenings, cluds ofnargileh smoke to add to the atmosphere

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1  Thank TempleofPeace
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

Had two dinners here under the Bedouin tent outside. What a delightful atmosphere! The food was delicious and large quantities were served. The Arabic salad was outstanding and the homos so creamy smooth. The mixed grill was very nicely prepared. The service as excellent and of course the complimentary melon at the end of the meal made for a great ending.

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Reviewed May 18, 2014

We had our first meal in Jordan at Reem Al-Bawadi and were not disappointed. Lunch here on Friday is quiet, unlike the busy patronage in evenings as other reviewers have found. Relaxing on a nice sunny day, eating out in the courtyard under a Bedouin tent was a delightful experience after an exhausting morning of visit to the Citadel and the Roman Theatre.. More importantly, the food and service here were well up to standard.

We had the traditional fatteh hummous and meze as starter, followed by the national dish of mansaf and mixed grill as main courses. The mixed grill was probably the only pedestrian dish, which was ok but not brilliant.. We enjoyed the fatteh hummous, especially the bread forming the base of the fatteh which was freshly oven baked. The mansaf with lamb as the meat over a dish of steamed rice was well presented. Flavoured with local spices and slow cooked to tender, the lamb was fresh and tasted just great.

The lunch was a favourable introduction to Jordanian food, which we enjoyed during the rest of our visit. The restaurant is commendable for its nice food, service and atmosphere on a very reasonable price.

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1  Thank Cletus L
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