Abu Jbara: Falafels in Amman Jordan

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Amman, Jordan

Did I mention how much I love falafels in Jordan?

I do. I really really do.

So I have been bugging Mahmoud to take me to a local falafel shop.

The Jordan Tourism Board had scheduled a fancy schmancy dinner but let us cancel when I said I’d rather have falafels in Amman.

In my mind I had imagined some epic place Anthony Bourdain would feature but then quickly snapped back into reality when we stopped at a modern restaurant, Abu Jbarah, with take out and a drive thru.

Needless to say I felt a bit foolish, why wouldn’t one of the most popular falafel restaurants look like this? 

Mahmoud ordered a bit of everything for us to share. And Rami our driver scolded the server when he brought plates for us.

If this were going to be authentic we would all just eat straight from the plates and share and Rami knew I didn’t want a tourist version of dinner. People in Jordan have been so kind to me it was a great dinner.

Alas this was my last night in Jordan and it was amazing, now onto Europe!

Disclosure: I was a guest of the Jordan Tourism Bureau. They did not ask me to write a favourable review or start to feel sad that it was my last night with Mahmoud and Rami.

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  1. I guess I would have felt just as foolish as you, because that’s not what I was expecting the restaurant to look like either.
    Sorry your time in Jordan is coming to an end…it’s been fascinating and definitely makes me want to get out there soon.
    Looking forward to the European adventures!

  2. Lovin’ the olives. Lovin’ the Olives!

    Mmm…Falafel.

  3. TheWorldOrBust says:

    Place looks real swank, dude is even wearing a name tag!

  4. When you get to Paris, you have to try the Falafel in the rue des Rosier, the “Jewish Quarter”

  5. The Travel Chica says:

    Gotta have your favorite food the last night in town.

  6. Emily in Chile says:

    I’m with you, I would have expected some hole-in-the-wall. It’s probably a good reminder though that good food comes from all sorts of places, even shiny new modern places.

  7. Other stores are
    Al-osra falafel restaurant
    Kalha restauran
    and in downtown , try Falafel Fouad sandwiches
    Or Al Quds in rainbow street

  8. Jon Killpack (@eculturesjon) says:

    Abu Jabara is awesome. Glad you were able to experience it.

  9. Good on you for rejecting fancy schmancy in favour of local and authentic. We’re in Europe at the moment…stranded actually. Our car broke down! Looking forward to a cold Christmas to make a change from the Australian sunshine. Happy travels. 🙂

  10. Mmmm. I want delicious, fresh olive oil, hummus, olives and falafel stuffed into hot pita. Looks/sounds amazing.

  11. 50+ and on the Run says:

    Oh, yum; now I know what I’m having for lunch! Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. goldenphoto says:

    For the really authentic Falafel experience you
    should have been eating where everyday folk eat
    Falafel – Hashum, in a downtown alley.

  13. What an excellent way to spend your last night. Falafels! Ahhhh, my heaven. 😀

  14. Ahh Just checked your mid-east posts. Awesome! I love Abu Jabara, my favorite felafel in Amman. Actually they have several restaurants and a few are very much a hole in the wall, but this is probably their most famous branch “The fancy one” people would refer to it. Supposedly it was .06 JD compared to .05 at their less fancier places 😉

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I didn’t have nearly enough time to explore food in Amman, I really hope to go back.

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