Naïm on Melbourne
Adi Shabtay and Guy Frawley didn’t intend to open a second cafe. Instead, the opportunity found them.
Aria Property Group approached the duo about launching a second Naïm, their popular Paddington cafe.
This venue is very different in feel to the homey Queenslander original. It has a striking, jade-tiled fit-out with mirrored ceilings and an ornate white marble and chrome hand basin, which gives it a mosque-like vibe.
The food is the same pan-Middle Eastern-inspired breakfasts and lunches. There’s a daily rotation of hearty salads (think turmeric-roasted cauliflower and broccoli with tahini sauce, shaved almonds and rocket) and baguettes (pumpkin, basil pesto and zataar), all available on the run.
These are accompanied by an abridged menu of Naïm favourites including Persian-fetta flecked smashed avo, and hummus with spiced chickpeas and an Israeli-style chimichurri served with flatbread. The front counter is stocked with sweets such as homemade brownies and apple cake.
There’s a short selection of cold drinks and coffee by Sydney’s Single O.