Naim brings the exquisite taste of modern Middle East-inspired cuisine to a quaint corner shop on a Paddington hilltop.
The spacious wooden floored dining room is divided in two by a gorgeous mosaic tiled bar and a tiny coffee lounge alcove with potted palms, with the rear section enjoying fantastic views over the pyramid tin roofs of Paddington and in the distance, the hills of the D’Aguilar Range.
Shouk is Hebrew for market-place (like the Arabic souk), which is reflected in the all-day foodie’s menu* - an east-meets-west gathering of Israeli, Tunisian, Moroccan and contemporary Oz dishes and flavours.
Popular breakfast dish Eggs Benedict served with smoked salmon or maple bacon is served on challah (Brioche-like Mid-Eastern bread) with garlic butter braised kale and sumac peppered hollandaise.
Other breakfast options range from Avo on Toast with Persian fetta and poached eggs and Cumin and Lime Crepe Souffle to Shakshuka (Tunisian style baked eggs) or the hearty Israeli Breakfast for two.
Lunch style dishes, which are available all day as well, include Honey Roasted Chicken, Artichoke and Fennel Salad and the highly recommended Lemon and Thyme Chicken Tagine served with fragrant Persian rice.
Coffee is Veneziano, there are chai lattes, hot chocolate, tea and Phoenix cold drinks available but don’t miss the cool weekly drink special, particularly if it happens to be the to-die-for green smoothies (an ultra-refreshing blend of lemon, mint and ice), which go down a retreat with breakfast or lunch.
Need to know: Menu items mentioned above may no longer be available at Naim.
14 Collingwood St