Fancy Some Middle Eastern Cuisine? Check Out This Paddo Cafe

Craving some Middle Eastern cuisine? Check out this Paddington cafe and savour their delectable offerings including falafels, hummus, shakshuka and much more with plant-based counterparts for those looking for healthier options.

Sitting on the corner of Collingwood and Hazlewood Streets, the cafe boasts a cozy rear dining area that offers incredible views of Paddington and surrounding areas. Naim serves up modern Middle Eastern fare from breakfast to lunch. 

Breakfast offerings include tiramisu waffles with date and espresso caramel, dark chocolate shavings and fresh blueberries; smashed avo on toast with pistachio dukkah, feta, pomegranate and poached egg. 

Shakshuka is another crowd-favourite fancy breakfast option. This dish is made of baked Tunisian-style eggs, with tomato and capsicum sauce, white beans, garlic labneh and Turkish bread. Also on offer is Hummus Bowl which is housemade hummus with marinated olives, Israeli salad, crispy chickpeas and za’atar flatbread.

Or try “something easy” like their Shawarma braised chicken with tomato chutney, spinach and mozzarella cheese on Turkish bread. And the famous Falafel Wrap which is made with crispy carrot falafels, housemade hummus, and tahini yoghurt slaw served on za’atar flatbread is also a must-try.

The lunch menu includes “something to share” with options such as Hummus Board, Mezze Platter (almond and capsicum spread, lemon and olive tapenade, beetroot Tahiti, and tahini yoghurt slaw served on za’atar flatbread), and Muhammara and Cumin Gouda Plate (walnut and pomegranate molasses spread, cumin-spiced gouda cheese, marinated black tahini and candied pepitas on za’atar bread).

The beverage lineup, on the other hand, includes brewed coffee, tea and juices as well as a range of cocktails, spirits, wines and beers.

What they say about Naim

A taste of Middle Eastern cuisine at Naim Cafe
A taste of Middle Eastern cuisine at Naim Photo Credit: Naim / Facebook

“The food here is fresh, tasty and authentic.  I had the plant based meat balls which tasted just like meat! The flavours are incredible. I’ll be back :).”

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“Good vide in the restaurant in a cool neighbourhood. Delicious foods and good coffee, absolutely love the hummus and pita bread. Staffs are super friendly and attentive. A must visit place for Middle Eastern brunch.”

Tony Ng (2lo)

“Oh my goodness. The food is TO DIE FOR! Might be taking the cake for best vegan/vegetarian in Brisbane! The harissa “meatballs” were unbelievably tasty and I loved the whole dish start to finish – great coffee too! Excellent work team. Keep it up, I’ll definitely be back and recommending this place to others.”

Daniel Paterson

Naim is located at 14 Collingwood St, Paddington. They are open 8 am to 2 pm, Tuesday to Saturday and 7 am to 2 pm on Sunday. They are also open for dinner service Wednesday through Saturday from 5 pm to 10 pm.

Naim | 14 Collingwood St., Paddington