Jordanian Heritage is a Jordanian restaurant in Amman that was recommended to us by our hotel when I asked for local recommendations. Upon arrival, although it was apparent that the restaurant was catering to tourists, I immediately fell in love with the setting which is in an outdoor courtyard.
The tall and beautiful Middle Eastern buildings surrounding us only added to the atmosphere. I liked how the menu mentioned the origin of the dishes.
To start, we had Ekbab Obeidat and Athan Al Shayeb; and of course, a shot of Arak
For main, we had the national dish of Jordan – Mansaf. Lamb cooked in fermented yogurt sauce (jameed) served with rice and more jameed. I was glad to finally taste this dish.
The star of this meal was the dessert. We had a honey cake, and my favorite of the entire trip – Zalabya with ice cream. Zalabya are like deep fried donut balls in a syrup and served with Arabic pistachio ice cream. They reminded me of another great dessert, from India, gulab jamun, but these were not as soggy. The combination of sweet, creamy, warm and cold temperature, crunchy outside and soft inside, just made the perfect bite. Unfortunately, I could not find this dessert anywhere else in Jordan, but craved it at every meal. At every new restaurant from this day, I would skip to the dessert section to see if it was there like reading a book from the last page first!
I enjoyed this meal. The service was good, the setting was nice, and the dessert was just incredible! I would come again just for the dessert.