Bacon is Magic (Slideshow)
“It was a really nice night of standing around a table, preparing food and laughing about life and everyone’s cooking skills. I really do believe there is no better way to spend a night than around great people and delicious food.”
Queen cooks lunch with orphans
Her Majesty Queen Rania cooks lunch and joins a group of orphans for the meal at Beit Sitti Restaurant in Amman’s Jabal Luweibdeh neighbourhood.
As an American chef I was very excited to explore Arabic cuisine quite simply because there is not much of this type of food available in the states. I’d like to start by saying Maria(and her sisters) was an exceptional host and was very knowledgable. The rooftop setting hosts a breath taking view of the city and is well suited for an authentic experience. My experience with Maria as we prepared lunch left an incredible impression on me which helps me to remember why I fell in love with the culinary arts. Arabic cuisine is a beautiful reminder that with a few good quality ingredients, you can make something exquisite and full of flavor. Beit Sitti skyrocketed through my every expectation and left me hungry for more. I think it’s important for one to completely immerse themselves in any culture different from their own when traveling to a new part of the world. One of the best ways to do this is by exploring the local cuisine and try as much as possible. Taking a class at Beit Sitti is an incredible introduction to learning about Arabic food and culture. I would highly recommend attending a course and cannot wait to implement these recipes into my cooking so people here in the States can taste the love of Middle Eastern food. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience!!!
One of the most innovative developments in Amman’s dining scene in recent years is Beit Sitti, a project set up by Maria Haddad and her sisters Dina and Tania in which visitors cook their own meal under supervision.
Secret Amman (Lonely Planet)
Should you want to get a glimpse into the story behind some of these cherished Jordanian dishes – like muskhan (chicken with pine nuts) or mansaf (lamb, yoghurt and rice) – pop into Beit Sitti on Jabal Weibdeh, a Jordanian run cooking school where you can eat and cook to your heart’s content with no one else around. Be quick, before the word really starts to spread.
Devour blog (Slideshow)
“A good lunch is like a symphony. It starts quietly. Everyone sits around the table and absorbs their surroundings. The look of the food, its smell, the tastes and textures. Senses are on high alert. Then, slowly, people start to open up.”
Un Sac Sur les dos
Friendly, cozy and a great way to experience a traditional meal
This is a must-try for all visitors to Amman. Beit Sitti is set in a traditional house in one of the city’s lovely older neighbourhoods. The cosy kitchen/dining room setting is gorgeous and you are made to feel at home immediately. Everyone gets an apron and a chopping board and you make a traditional salad, starter, main and dessert. It a great way to learn some basic Arabic dishes, which you all sit down to eat afterwards. I’ve been three times and made different dishes, and all were great. They do not serve alcoholic drinks but you are welcome to bring your own. I would recommend this for a group up to about 10 people, as I have been with a larger sized group and it can get a bit crammed and unfocused. During the summer they shift the experience outside to the spacious terrace.
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Black Tomatoe (Slideshow)
“We headed to Beit Sitti cooking school. This little gem is located in a beautiful house in Amman’s picturesque neighbourhood of Weibdeh.”
“One of 7 top-notch global cooking schools for the traveling epicure”
World’s 10 best vegetarian destinations June 2014 It’s so easy to find vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Jordan where mezze dishes such as tabouleh, hummus, falafel and gourmet Arabic flatbreads abound. From Beit Sitti (it means “my grandmother’s kitchen” in Arabic), located in the heart of Amman.
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How to cook like an Arab grandmother (Slideshow)
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“We caught up with Maria Haddad, of the Beit Sitti Cooking School, to give us a few insights into what makes Jordan the ultimate cultural holiday hopspot.”
Maria was the BEST
WHERE DO I START!? Beit Sitti is a GREAT TIME! We went in June 2015 — and had a blast! We walked from Downtown Amman to Beit Siti — (not far at all). We walked in to this beautiful restaurant/lounge — converted from the girls’ Grandmother’s house — which sits on a hill overlooking Amman…..incredible views. We were greeted by Maria and her assistant, and taken to the outdoor patio overlooking Amman. The views were beautiful — especially as the sun was setting. She mentioned to us that due to a cancellation we would be having a private class….which could have been awkward — but Maria made it an AMAZING personal experience. She was INCREDIBLE!
We all participated in learning and making Mutabal, Fatoush, Cucumber Salad, & Pita Bread. All of which which had simple fresh ingredients — yet complex tastes all around…..very cool stuff. Maria was a huge help — and allowed us tons of hands-on time — so we could really grasp the concept of all of the dishes. Lot of fun.
MARIA — ANYTIME YOU ARE IN NYC, LET US KNOW SO WE CAN REPAY YOU!
Capital cuisine – A food tour in Amman Jordan (Slideshow)
Most people visit Jordan to ogle at its historical sites and float in the Dead Sea, stopping in Amman only for a brief visit. But should you spend a little longer in the capital city, there’s a host of culinary delights to discover.
Head to Jabal Al-Weibdeh one of Ammans oldest neighbourhoods, and cook your own four course Arabic dinner at Beit Sitti. Set in a historic townhouse Maria Haddad will show you how to make home style favorites such as Musakhan (chicken pie with onions & sumac) and Fattet Magdoos (eggplant and minced meat casserole).
Beit Sitti, located in the pleasantly hilly Jabal al Weibdeh neighborhood of Amman, the capital city, aims to give its patrons a holistic experience of Jordanian food.
Arabia Food & Travel
It’s famous for its Levant-inspired dishes, but a visit to Beit Sitti shows why Jordan and the Levant make for a great gourmet trip. Tucked in one of Amman’s heritage filled neighborhoods, Beit Sitti (My Grandmother’s House) is the first venue with a cookery teaching concept of its kind in the city.
A great experience for locals and tourists alike
Has a great homey feel with its furniture, family pictures hanging on the walls, little trinkets that you would only find at your grandma’s house, and the staff to compliment it. Very friendly and hospitable hosts giving the true sense of what it is like to be a guest in a Jordanian home. You also get the priceless tips that are only taught in a grandmother’s kitchen: taste the latest batch of freshly pressed olive oil, taste the freshest spices from the market, and find out which spice you shouldn’t go home without.
Chopping, baking and tasting delivered with passion: My idea of a dining experience at its best.
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This is not a restaurant, but I stop short at calling it a cooking class too. Maria has created her own unique “educational experience meets cultural immersion”, and it is truly the best, if not the tastiest, cultural experience you will find in Amman.
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Beit Sitti Cooking School, where authentic Middle Eastern home cooking comes to life for locals & tourists.
Chef Christine Ha cooking with Access students and alumni. Thanks to Beit Sitti for hosting us today & culinary students for assisting. pic.twitter.com/0t4UzeMOVz — U.S. Embassy Jordan (@USEmbassyJordan) April 6, 2017
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We visited Beit Sitti as part of a work social event during a conference in Amman.The concept and story behind this restaurant is so wonderfully real and heart-warming. A fantastic Jordanian culinary and cultural experience without the pretense that usually go with business dinners. Such fun in an authentic setting – loved cooking on the terrace. The lovely Maria hosted us and her energy, passion and easy-going attitude made us feel welcome and relaxed. Chill out, expect an experience and not a chef’s course. The food was delicious, if I do say so myself 🙂 Love this place and I personally think it is great value, despite certain other reviews on here. The only sad part is that I have to now return to bland Swiss food.
“In every culture, grandmothers are revered, respected and loved. And in most cultures they are the gatekeepers to a world of good food and secret family recipes.”
The beauty of the entire experience was woven into every small detail that evening. From the tiny mosaic Beit Sitti sign hanging off the stone facade outside to the antique gramophone sitting in the entry to the handmade olive soaps at the porcelain sinks near the cooking stations, we were in awe.
The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Book a one-on-one cooking course at Beit Sitti, run by owner Maria in her granny’s home.
Cook like a local Jordanian grandmother (Slideshow)
“For all those tourists in Amman who want to gain authentic Arabic cooking experience to bring back home and impress their dinner guests, or for the local Jordanian who wants to throw a unique rooftop party in the area, Beit Sitti, My Grandma’s House, is the place to go.”