Zaatar W Zeit is a restaurant that’s been around since 1999 in Beirut, and over the years has franchised to include Dubai, Kuwait and more recently, Amman. I’ve wanted to try the place out for the longest time now and tonight I finally got the chance. It’s been getting a lot of positive reviews and after spending 15 minutes in a car with friends trying to figure out where to go to have a light dinner and watch a football match, we suddenly remembered the place. Suffice to say that this place is a very Ammani-Winter kind of place. At the heart of the menu are fresh out-of-the-oven Arabian mana2eesh. They come in different shapes, sizes and contents. It’s a rather diverse menu that also includes Arabian household staples like labaneh (yogurt), bayd (eggs) and zaitoon (olives).
What makes Zaatar W Zeit unique is the fact that the place is very cool. There’s a lot of fairly simple and interesting artsy eye-candy all around that make the place very fun to eat in. From the art on the walls to the menu and placemats. It’s not complicated like the memorabilia of TGIF’s and Hard Rock Cafe, but simple enough to not strain the eyes while keeping you entertained. Everything is written in Arabish, which I think is a new and daring thing in the restaurant business. The placemats have a bunch of mind games to keep you busy while the food is prepared.
The service is excellent. They’re quick, friendly and courteous. The food is well prepared and pretty delicious although I wasn’t very hungry to begin with. It’s a nice place to come with a large group of friends and order a variety of dishes. It’s also (relatively) reasonably priced. The average price being around 2.5JDs with the larger dishes, such as a pizza, about 3.85JDs.
The reason for this review is the fact that I really loved the place, and it seems like a nice place to have some good food in a cool atmosphere, especially during the winter time. And an added plus is the fact that it’s open 24/7, which is great for drug-induced munchies at 3am. Not that I would know anything about that.