So, we were spending our last night in Jordan at the Mariam Hotel (delightful!), and looking for a great last meal here. Our guide in Wadi Rum recommended Haret Jdoudna, the gentleman in Mariam's reception the same, but I just had to consult Tripadvisor. I was led to believe Haret would have good food but terrible service and Romman's would also have good food but friendly service. It was a chilly evening, so Romman's won since it was closer. Wish we had walked further.
First of all, although we were greeted upon walking in, the friendly, chatty owner never materialized (maybe he wasn't there on a Tuesday night?). Our service was passable, but not what I would call close to friendly. The salads were really tasty (Rocca and Caesar) and the mixed grills were good. My disappointment lies in the fact that every previous review mentioned the fantastic mixed grill and that is probably because it is one of the few middle eastern things on the menu! Seriously, most of the foods listed were things we could have back home. Makes sense since the owner lived in the U.S, for a while, I guess. Maybe it's popular with locals for this reason, which I can understand, but to refer anyone here for good Jordanian cuisine would be sooo wrong! Also, the added tax and service fees, while clearly listed, added quite a bit to the total. I don't mind service being added, although we always try to tip well, but this is the only menu we've seen with a 16% tax. After eating all around the country for a week and finding the prices about the same, why should that be? Anyway, if you are looking for local flavor, avoid Romman's.
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