After a long day touring Jordan, we finally get back to Amman and it’s starting to get late. Our base for our stay in Amman is the Amman Pasha Hotel. All the information provided by the hotel is to ensure that if you do go out to eat, make sure that is listed on other review sites, and has a good rating. Why, you may ask? Our hotel tells us that it is common for travellers to get a tummy bug! Which I can tell you from experience, isn’t nice! One restaurant that they do recommend is Hashem Restaurant. This is reinforced a couple of times during our stay from other Amman locals, and not just the hotel.
If you didn’t know any better, from the outside Hashem Restaurant isn’t the most attractive or inviting place to eat. But it is packed with locals and a scattering of apprehensive tourists. We ask the waiter for a table for two and are guided to the closest available table.
Our waiter approaches and is ready to take our order, we ask for a menu. The menu is simple, there’s no menu. They offer falafel, hummus, baba ganoush, fresh bread and a salad. You dictate how much you want and what you want. We decided to try it all. Other staff occasionally walk by offering sage tea to customers. But we decline as we’ve just had some at the Amman Pasha Hotel.
It isn’t long before the food is brought out to the table. Visually, the food is nothing special, a swirling of hummus and baba ghanoush in shallow bowls, warm fresh bread for dipping and small brown balls of falafel. When I break open the falafel and I’m greeted by a glorious green colour and once I taste it i know it is probably some of the best falafel I’ve ever had. The hummus has a smooth creamy texture and is sensational, and the baba ghanoush is superb. I immediately think, I’m definitely ordering more, but decide to wait until we’re finished before ordering again.
In the end we didn’t end up ordering anymore, because it is quite filling. We go to pay and are astonished the price of all the food with two bottles of water comes to 4.50JOD (which is about AUD$8). For such a sensational meal you can’t go past this remarkable price.
So, when in Amman do yourself a favour and make a visit to Hashem Restaurant. Getting there was easy we just walked from our hotel using Google Maps, but I’m sure nearly everyone is Amman knows of Hashem Restaurant. Everyone we met did! Have a great meal and tell them Simon from Ourworldinreview sent you!
Additional Information for Hashem Restaurant
Address: King Faisal Street, Amman, Jordan Ph: +962 6 463 6440
Who doesn’t love a good burger? Be it a veggie burger or a traditional burger, there is something about them that we can’t resist. We found out about Skaptoburger by pure chance. During our stay in beautiful Sofia, we decided to discover the city and its cuisine by going on a food tour.
Tour company Balkan Bites, offers visitors to Sofia a free food tour. That’s right, a free food tour! This was a fantastic way to see Sofia. Whilst, showing you the history of the city they also take you to five restaurants to sample what they have on offer. It was during our tour that we were introduced to Skaptoburger.
Not too far out of the city centre, Skaptoburger is a burger restaurant located at 20 Tsar Shishman Str, Sofia, Bulgaria. Now, be careful as you walk by, as it is a small shop containing about six tables and seats around 30 people and can be easily missed. It can become quite busy, so takeaway might be the best option if you can’t get a table.
So, what makes Skaptoburger so popular? The fact that it has won Sofia’s “King of Burger” Award for two consecutive years is a good indication that their burgers are well received. Plus, the ability to have a good craft beer to wash it all down, makes it a perfect place for me to eat.
On this occasion, we were able to get a table and perused their menu for the burger of our choice. They have eight burgers available from their award winners to their veggie burgers. We decide to order the Skaptoburger burger and the 2016 award-winning Chessus.
The Skaptoburger burger consists of ground beef, crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, jalapeno, red onion, iceberg lettuce, tomato and their special hot burger sauce. A delicious burger with a hot tangy aftertaste. A perfect example of a classic burger.
The play on words named Cheesus, contains ground beef, double cheddar cheese, bacon, pickles, tomato and iceberg lettuce, topped with mustard and tomato sauce (ketchup). I can see why this burger was named the King of Burgers, a little messy to eat, but a wonderful mix of flavours. Simply a gem of a burger and a must try!
Skaptoburger makes great burgers. I would rate it right up there with Fergburger in Queenstown . Thinking about it, it might be the best burger I’ve had! I know big call right! But based on value for money and the exquisite taste it would be close. My recommendation is when you are in Sofia, head to Skaptoburger and try one of their award-winning burgers and tell them, Simon from Ourworldinreview sent you!
Additional Information for Skaptoburger
ul. “Tsar Shishman” 20, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
Ph: +359 87 788 8688 Website: www.skaptoburger.com
The city of Brno in the Czech Republic is full of surprises. A vibrant city centre with interesting stories, and a quirky sense of humour. A city we would have missed if it wasn’t for someone suggesting a visit. Since, we have an open itinerary, we decided, why not, we’re going to Prague anyway, why not do a four-day stopover in Brno. It was probably one of the best decisions we made so far during this adventure.
As you may have read in our last post, we stayed at the Holiday Inn Brno and had a glorious time, indulging in the comforts of this popular hotel.
After a long day of exploring, and taking photos of the city and its cheeky history, we thought we’d try the hotel’s restaurant. Now, as you can imagine we have eaten in a few places over our travelling adventures. We have been lucky enough to eat in places like Mikla in Istanbul and the immensely popular Gazi in Melbourne. Now, I can say I have eaten in the Prominent Restaurant in Brno.
The Prominent Restaurant’s Head Chef, Josef Dufek has created an excellent menu for the guests of the Holiday Inn Brno to try. From traditional Czech food to some of his own creations. His team of chef’s and waiting staff work extremely hard to ensure that your experience in the restaurant is first class.
Located on the ground floor of the hotel, the Prominent restaurant offers quality dining with an inviting indoor dining area, with comfortable seating or an outdoor dining experience enjoying the setting of the sun.
After some consideration of all the options available we decide to order the Beef Sauté Stroganoff and the traditional roasted wild boar saddle for our main meals. For dessert, we ordered the Crème brûlée with fresh vanilla and a traditional pear-apple strudel. We accompanied the meals with some delicious South Moravian wines.
The Beef Sauté Stroganoff was served with a spicy sauce on a bed of basmati rice. The beef was tender and its rich spicy sauce encapsulated the essence of the Austro-Hungarian influence. It reminded me of first time I tried Beef Stroganoff when I was a young boy. The excitement of trying sometime new and exotic, and that wholehearted smile you get when you have tasted something good.
The roasted wild boar saddle sitting in mushroom sauce with bolete pieces and two bacon-onion dumplings is highlighted as a Czech traditional meal. The beautifully constructed dish is one of the reasons I’d happily stay in the Czech Republic. An immense explosion of flavours, the rich mushroom sauce combined with the soft perfect pork saddle was incredible. Then you have these bacon-onion dumplings that are perfectly held together. Dip them into the sauce and the succulent sauce oozes into the dumpling to produce what can only be described as pure delight. This dish would have to be one of the best I have encountered in a long while.
After the last morsel was consumed, our lovely waitress refilled our wine glasses and prepared the table for our desserts. The Crème brûlée with fresh vanilla had a nice thin hard layer of caramel covering the smooth vanilla custard and was topped with various seasonal berries and mint leaves. Another beautiful creation, it was gone within a blink of an eye.
Our second dessert was the pear-apple strudel with poppy-seed sauce. It was served with fresh vanilla ice-cream and marinated sour cherries. Another masterpiece, as the brown crispy, flaking pastry encasing the pear and apple pieces. The fresh vanilla ice cream had a nice consistency which you could clearly see the vanilla seeds. The sweetness of the pear, apple and ice cream worked well with the sour tartness of the cherries.
Overall, the Prominent Restaurant is a must when in Brno. Even if you are not staying at the Holiday Inn Brno, make a reservation at the Prominent Restaurant. I would clearly have this as one of my top ten favourite places to eat. And, the bonus is, it comes at a reasonable price. The quality of the food being served is excellent, the waiting staff are professional and friendly and if you are staying at the hotel, you will find its service is also exceptional. So, book your table today and tell them Simon from Ourworldinreview sent you!
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The old town in Krakow is always alive with tourists buzzing around taking in the history and sights. Krakow offers visitors many ways to discover this city, from Segway tours to horse and cart rides. Street stalls and boutique stores are happily selling their merchandise to happy shoppers. With the many restaurants offering a wide range of local and international cuisines.
Food vendors are everywhere throughout the city. You can try some traditional Polish cuisine, or visit a food stall in the main square barbecuing massive amounts of meat. There’s fast food franchises, if that takes your fancy, or the many fine dining choices supplying foods from around the world. With so many choices we select the Italian inspired La Grande Mamma.
Located on one of the corners of the main square, La Grande Mamma is an Italian inspired fine dining restaurant that offers decent quality food. Upon entry into this old building you immediately enter the heart of the restaurant where all the action occurs. Here, there is a central preparation bench with one of the kitchen staff preparing assorted menu items.
Once greeted by the waiting staff, we are directed into one of the quieter side rooms and seated at a lovely table overlooking the square.
The restaurant has a decent range of wines available by the glass or bottle and their food menu is full of modern and traditional Italian cuisine. On this occasion, we selected a basic Margherita pizza, a Calzone farcito and their Filetto di maiale for our main meals. And followed that up with Creme brulee and a Meringa con mascarpone for dessert.
The Margherita pizza was just a plain tomato puree on a thin base with cheese. It was approximately 30 cm in circumference, so quite large for one person, but I feel it was missing that fresh basil that garnishes most Margherita pizzas.
Our Calzone farcito contained tomato puree, mozzarella cheese, ham, salami and champignon mushrooms, encased in a folded and sealed pizza base. When cracked open the heat and fragrances were wonderful. A well cooked dish, but rather plain-looking with a sprinkling of dry herbs.
The next plate was the Filetto di maiale, which is pistachio covered pork loin. It is served on a bed of potato puree, zucchini and red wine sauce. Beautifully cooked, the Filetto di maiale would be my pick of the dishes. Superbly balanced flavours but once again the presentation of the dish could be improved.
After the main meals were completed the efficient and friendly waiting staff cleared our plates and prepared the table for our upcoming desserts. The first dish to arrive was the Creme Brulee. Now, Creme Brulee’s would possibly be MacKenzie’s and my most favourite dessert, as we do tend to compare them against each other. When La Grande Mamma’s Creme Brulee arrived, we were quite excited to see how it stacked up against the ones we’ve had elsewhere.
Although small in size the presentation of the Creme Brulee was better to that of the main meals. That was due to the contrasting colours used in the dish. The hard caramel cover was well done, but the actual custard base was a little grainy in texture, not that smooth consistence that is required. The flavour was okay, but not a show stopper.
Our next dessert was the Meringa con mascarpone and from when the waitress placed the plate on our table, we knew we had a winner. The meringue, covered with mascarpone cream and fresh fruit was an instantaneous success. Nicely presented and delicious, it was hard not going back for more!
There are many places to eat in Krakow’s old town and the catchy named La Grande Mamma is situated in a part of the square that isn’t overrun by other tourists and street sellers. The interior is decorated well and the Italian cuisine has good flavour, but lacks the presentation. I do believe that we get the best out of a meal when they satisfy all our senses. La Grande Mamma, ticks most of those boxes, but the main meal presentation could use a little flair.
Overall, La Grande Mamma was a comfortable restaurant to attend, with a good honest food. The price is a little inflated, but all the restaurants are the same in the main tourist area of Old Town Krakow. Make sure you tip the waiting staff. Service charges are not included in the prices and it is expected if they’ve provided good service. Ten percent of the final cheque is the going rate, so if you are on a budget make sure you account for this extra expense. If you are in Krakow, visit La Grande Mamma tonight and tell them Simon from Ourworldinreview sent you!
On our first day in Berlin, we had already organised the Urban Adventure tour – Storyline of Berlin. And after 5 hours of listening to Sara explain everything we needed to know about the history of Berlin we were feeling hungry. Sara pointed us in the direction to get cheaper food, so we headed off to discover a bit more of Berlin. During our travels, the girls spied a hamburger place called Peter Pane Burgergrill Bar that looked popular. And always being a bit partial to a hamburger we decided to give it a go.
On entry into the large establishment we could see that it was extremely busy, with most of the tables already buzzing with people chatting over their lunches. We were greeted by one of the wait staff and escorted to a comfortable table for four.
The interior of the restaurant is quite modern. The walls are a sky blue colour, with timber plant boxes with small plants extending to the woven wooden ceiling. There are birdcage light fixtures and the whole combination gives the restaurant a Neverland feel. Tables at various levels throughout the restaurant add to the setting. Each table has comfortable stool or bench seating.
As Peter Pane is a hamburger place the menu has a good selection of available burgers. We couldn’t go past the €9.50 lunch special. The special consisted of a burger served with fries or salad. But that’s not all the deal also came with a cold drink to have with the meal and a hot drink to have after. What awesome value!
We ordered the Klasik, a Kase Speck, a Rotbackhen and the Feenflugel burgers. The Klasik is your normal everyday burger containing a succulent beef patty, lettuce and tomato. My Kase Speck is the Klasik burger with Bernstein Cheese and Bacon. Our Rotbackhen is a vegetarian burger with a grilled tomato and olive cutlet, topped with mozzarella, rocket and sun-dried tomato. Finally, the last burger called the Feenfugel has a piece of grilled chicken, topped with avocado, young spinach and mango-chilli chutney. All four burgers were beautifully prepared and well presented. We consumed them eagerly and washed it down with a local German cola brand called Fritz-Kola, which was quite nice.
Overall, Peter Pane Burgergrill Bar is a good place to stop in relax and have a meal. Their burgers are beautifully made and terrific value incorporated with their €9.50 meal deal. Peter Pane has approximately 17 stores across Germany, so visit their website below for additional locations. The menu prices don’t include a service fee. Therefore, make sure you leave a 10% tip if your dining experience is worthwhile. Try Peter Pane Burgergrill Bar the next time you want a delicious burger and tell them, Simon from Ourworldinreview sent you!
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Paris has always been high on my list of places to go. I’ve watched the Tour de France religiously for the last 15 years. After seeing all the sights on television and watching them charge down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées to the finish line, I’ve always thought “I’d like to go there”. Tick that bucket list box because we made it to beautiful Paris.
After a morning of exploring some of the main sights of Paris, we were all starting to get hungry. Paris has a café or restaurant just about on every corner, so deciding which one can be difficult. In the end, we made our way to Le Saint-Germain Café.
We are immediately greeted by a very friendly gentleman with a bubbly nature. Ensuring that we were staying for lunch he promptly guides us to a corner table inside next to the bar.
The café has indoor and outdoor seating. Be aware that smoking is allowed in the alfresco dining area. The inside of the restaurant has comfortable seating around the bar area and an upstairs area if it gets busy.
The Le Saint-Germain Café has a menu board outside in different languages, so you shouldn’t have any trouble understanding what they have on offer. Make sure you add a Euro to the prices as they are slightly different from the actual menu.
The menu has a decent range of dishes available. Since it was lunch, we ordered a tomato based vegetarian pasta, a ham and cheese toasted sandwich (Croque-Monsieur), some French onion soup and a small Camembert cheese plate.
All the meals were simple and well made. The Croque-Monsieur was beautifully made and the French Onion soup was full of flavour with a layer of bread and melted cheese on top. The pasta was simple richly flavoured, whilst the cheese plate was what we expected.
Overall the Le Saint-Germain is a nice, comfortable French café. The food is of decent quality and the service was also good. The price is a little higher than what we’d expect of a café, but we are in France. So, if you happen to be in France, head to the Le Saint-Germain Café for lunch and tell them Simon from Ourworldinreview sent you.
Additional Information for Le Saint Germain Café
62 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris, France
Ph: +33 1 45 48 99 69
Main Meal Price Range $$
Le Saint-Germain Café rating: 1-10 (1=very poor, 10 = excellent)