The employees of From The Earth are always looking for new, fun places to get a meal together after work. As we have been making our way through BeAmman's list of cafes, we ran across azkadenya and have now become frequent visitors.
azkadenya is a cafe on Mecca street directly below TcheTche. Despite the comments on their Facebook page, each time we have visited the service has been wonderful, the food excellent, and the decor is unique in Amman.
Let's actually start with the decor. The retro Arab feel is pretty sweet. Only complaint here is that the chairs on the opposite side of the comfy cushioned seating are a little high for the low tables.
The plates and napkins are an excellent touch.
The videos playing in the background add to the experience as well.
The decor is great, but if the food isn't good then it isn't worth going right? Well, the food has all been delicious! Here is a link to their menu, but let's combine some of the FTE's employees favorites to make the perfect meal at azkadenya.
To begin, both the tabouleh and the fattoush are wonderful. The pink humus is good too, but getting the sampler allows you to try all of the humus options.
The royal mint is very tart. If you like a lot of lemon this is nice and tasty.
For the main meal the fukharet gallaye with meat was so tender, aromatic, and delicious that it is hard to order any other main course on the menu.
Finally, especially for the cold weather, the um ali bil fukhara is one of the best things you can put in your mouth. It is sweet, warm, and creamy with just the right amount of spices.
After reading this, I hope you are convinced to visit azkadenya in the near future. I would suggest making reservations, although just stopping in works as well, but you may have to wait for a table.