The Temple of Hercules at the Amman Citadel

The Temple of Hercules at the Amman Citadel

Hashem Restaurant in Amman

Another stop Raed includes on tours is a light meal at the legendary Hashem Restaurant. It’s known for its street food but while simple and anything but fancy the Royal Jordanian family has been seen enjoying breakfast here. John and I had lunch here at the start of our trip and practically swooned over their falafels and hummus. Hummus is like ketchup to a North American as it’s served with everything! And it’s silky -smooth and way better than anything you’ve tasted at home.

Include a visit to Hashem for excellent street food in Amman

Include a visit to Hashem for excellent street food in Amman

Hashem server with mint tea

Hashem server with mint tea

Rainbow coloured stairs in Amman

Rainbow coloured stairs in Amman near Rashem

Our tour finished with lunch in another part of town. We were served Mansaf – an authentic Jordanian dish consisting of lambed cooked in jameed, a fermented dried yogurt (who came up with this ingredient?) and served with rice or bulgur. The dish is eaten communally using your hands. Raed showed us out how to gather a clump of food together, form it into a ball and then plop it in your mouth.

Lunch with Raed

Eating Mansaf with Raed

While we didn’t eat any dates on the food tour they could be seen in markets and were offered every day on our bike ride in Jordan. You can find dates in many forms including dried and even as juice.

Dates are everywhere in Jordan

Dates are everywhere in Jordan

At the end of the tour Raed dropped us off at the luxuriousFairmont Amman– where breakfast is divine so there was no need to head to Hashem. I’m so glad we did the tour with Raed as we learned not only about food but about the history, customs, culture and religion in Jordan. I highly recommend it and would like to extend a big thank you to Samer from Rahhalah for providing the complementary tour.