Paddington’s food scene has recently expanded with the opening of The Hamsa Room, a Euro-inspired bar from the team behind Naïm.
The tandem behind Naïm, Vince Estacio and B.J Wall, revealed that at some point they considered swapping their Paddington location for a bigger space to accommodate more patrons. Nevertheless, they opted to expand and launch The Hamsa, a Euro-inspired bar and events space with 27 seats. The Hamsa serves as a complementary feature to Naïm while also standing on its own.
The Hamsa’s design features recognizable details from Naïm, including Moroccan-inspired tiles, along with the addition of a bar and shelves in the former store. Despite being a private bar that mandates a reservation for seating, The Hamsa welcomes walk-ins, although guests are required to register before being seated.
Although The Hamsa doesn’t have a kitchen, patrons can still enjoy some of their favorite dishes with a Middle-Eastern/Mediterranean flair from Naïm, which will be delivered by the staff from across the road.
On the menu, guests can find light nibbles such as Riser Bread sourdough served with black-tahini butter and spiced candied pepitas. Tasmanian oysters are also available either natural or with zhug dressing and charmoula sauce. For those with a spicy craving, there are bloody Mary oyster shots available to enjoy.
The menu expands to include a variety of mini composed plates that features cheese and its accompaniments. These include dishes such as whipped fetta with peach, bee pollen, and walnut, cumin gouda with spiced honey, pistachio dukkah, and Pedro Ximenez prunes, and turmeric cashew cheese with tahini yoghurt and herb salad.
The charcuterie section, meanwhile, offers shawarma parfait enclosed in herb tart and droplets of pomegranate gel; and harissa prawns served on a bed of ajo blanco puree and accompanied by a generous portion of sourdough.
On the drinks menu, guests can find a variety of options to suit their preferences. Champagne Collet, Tasmanian pet nat, and Victorian Prosecco are just a few of the choices available. For those who prefer something other than wine, there are also lo-fi wines, cocktails, and over a dozen craft beers to choose from.
Those who prefer non-alcoholic beverages can select from a comprehensive collection of non-alcoholic wines, beers, and mocktails. Additionally, an on-tap kombucha is available for those who enjoy a refreshing and healthy drink.
The Hamsa is located at 1/169 Latrobe Terrace. To book, check out Naïm’s website here.