Meal of the week No.40: Jazeera Cafe



We’ve been aware of Jazeera Cafe (16 Paisley Street, Footscray) for a long time, but simply haven’t gotten around to visiting until now.

No doubt because we’ve established such a happy groove in going to Racecourse Road, Flemington, when we desire Somalian food.

Which is often.

However, recently CTS friend Juz has given Jazeera a couple of goes – and his feedback has been heartening.

So here we are.

I suspect there may be a menu available here … but our ordering is reduced to admirable, happy simplicity.

“Can we get some dinner here tonight?”

“What sort of food do you want?”

“Somalian food!”


And with that – and a big smile – our server disappears into the kitchen.

That’s fine by us.

We understand that on a low-key week night, we’re going to get what’s actually in the kitchen – or nothing at all.

As it turns, what we are provided is what we would’ve ordered anyway – soup, lamb, rice.



The soup is thicker than we’ve become used to elsewhere – more like a cream soup or a chowder.

It’s fine, but doesn’t have the zesty, lemony tang we love so much.



Our rice platter is most excellent.

It could be described as “lamb three ways” – there’s a stew, a sort-of Somalian bolognese atop the spaghetti and a big, meaty piece of braised/baked sheep meat.

Bennie has already eaten elsewhere this night, so our $15 meal does fine for both of us.

And as ever, it’s the fabulous, fragrant rice that crowns our dining as top notch.


20 thoughts on “Meal of the week No.40: Jazeera Cafe

  1. Do they not had menu!. I been to place long time ago,they had menu,no like questions what kind food do you want!. Their menu use to consists australian,ethiopian and somalian,


  2. the whole place looks different,hard to recongnise,it looked much cooler before,now it looks so simple,the only thing i can recognise is coffee machine,everything else went downward simple,why!


  3. The review was like play script ha.i liked it.if you are after hipster african, you are in wrong place.but food is excellent


    • hamza it looks different but ok yes different to before but its cosy joint. I think before the decor was a little too much, footscray’s white community was small back then,but now white community are moving into footscray, probably in future jazeera may go hipster decor,but now it suits and fits well its surroundings.


      • Didn’t mean the place is bad now,just different i are right future when they feel wind,things may be arcade corridor kulan sits at the gate ready for the windy already!


  4. Y’all i have no time for food race politic gentrification now,my dinner last night at jazeera was superb like the considerthesauce said😊


  5. They really give him somalian,meat rice….to the end but no green sauce, probably thought its too hot for kenny,good federation


    • Hard to read but window also says haramous cafe on the side! I’m thinking the name jazeera is the old name hasn’t yet deleted!! Sometimes it happens low key places!


      • Tried to zoom the pic,does look like haramous cafe! .it happens specially if same family handchanged the management some of these places


  6. great to see our neighboring footscray doing alright.salute from flemington.and this blogger does good reviews on west mostly,salute to consider the sauce!!


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