June 15, 2016 Amman Jordan Middle East

Thyme & More: Where Zaatar is Treated as Art

4.15 out of 5 based on 1 professional review.

RATING:83/100

Welcoming: 4/5

Food Temperature: 8/10

Ambiance / Music: 8/10

Menu Choice: 4/5

Food Taste: 27/30

Architecture / Interior: 8/10

Food presentation: 8/10

Service: 8/10

Value for money: 8/10

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During my stay in Jordan, I was craving for a good mankoushe, something similar to the ones I often enjoy in Lebanon.  Thin dough topped with a variety of different pure Zaatar with that zesty tingle, prepared with passion and dedication without any hidden mixes of wood or chickpeas. I happily found it at Thyme & More.

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In 2014, Thyme & More started as a restaurant serving manakish and pizzas on fresh fluffy bread. The owner who started out of a need to reduce his cholesterol, opened Thyme & More believing that Zaatar and olive oil are the main cure.

Thyme & More is a fresh, clean and welcoming place. The space boats light green colors, wooden tables, green placemats and a view into the clean kitchen - which is rare around here. You'll find a stone oven, a television, photos of children and happy people...

 

The menu proposed a variety of manakish, eggs, potatoes and pizzas, salami, angus beef, calzone and desserts. Zaatar is added almost everywhere.

I tried the five varieties of Zaatar on a Mankousheh then asked to try them raw with a spoon. Beautiful! The manakish were superb and the Zaatar was just as good.

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Different Zaatar Varieties:

  • Wild Zaatar: roast sesame, sumac, thyme and sea salt.
  • Original: wheat, sesame, sumac, sea salt and thyme.
  • Hearty delight: almonds, flax seeds, thyme, wheat and sea salt.
  • Cashew and pistachio: sumac, thyme, roast wheat, sea salt.
  • Dokah: sesame, wheat, 9 herbs and spices, peanuts and thyme.

Tasting the manakish:

  • A super fresh dough, spongy and airy, absorbs the Zaatar. Real textures, good acidity, enjoyable mixes, sesame and good quality oil.

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Tasting the pizza:

  • Large and thin, richly acidic premium quality tomato sauce, German imported cold cuts, melting cheese and thyme thrown here and there.

Thyme Alfredo is the one I liked; turkey, cheese and bacon. I adored the calzoni which is the owner's signature. We ended the experience with the smoked turkey with Labneh wrap filled with vegetables.

Thyme & More is one of the few places, not to say the only one, I visited in the last 48 hours which prepare food with dedication, passion, love and know how. Their attention to details takes their food to another level. I left so happy and even left my recommended sticker and promised to visit again.




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