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Paasha Turkish Cafe & Takeaway

4 star rating 17 reviews

Telephone 07 838 3222

7 Alexandra St
Hamilton Central

Fast Food, Mediterranean, Salads, Turkish
Mon - Sun 11am - Late
Provided by business


Paasha Turkish Cafe has finnaly launched in the heart of Hamilton City. Paasha Turkish Cafe is famous for its delicious, fresh Turkish food and Mezze plates. Zeki Bay began his career as a restaurateur in Istanbul, Turkey. After he moved to England in the late 1980s, he started two Turkish restaurants, one in the East End of London and the second in Islington, London. Both restaurants were sold at the height of their popularity and are still operating successfully today – providing their winning formula. He then moved to New Zealand and established Paasha Turkish Cafe & Takeaway in Dunedin in 1997 bringing his unique eating experience to Dunedin. Paasha was and still is very successful, building a large clientèle of regular customers from all over the South Island. Paasha won numerous awards and was voted “Best Ethnic Restaurant in the South Island for 2002″ by North and South Magazine. Paasha operated for 10 years under Zeki and his wifes management, it was sold in 2007 and is still a Dunedin favourite today. Since their arrival in Auckland in early 2008 they have opened Paasha Turkish Cafe and Takeaway, 245 King St, Pukekohe which has become a firm favourite with the locals and is operating successfully today. Zeki and his brother Murat has now brought Paasha to Hamilton City, using the same logo and interior design that has given all their previous cafes a unique atmosphere and Mediterranean feel. One of the main taste features of Paasha is the “Ocakbasi”, an indoor open fire which gives a wonderful aroma to the marinated meats.


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Restaurants, Takeaway / Fast Food
Pay, Pay & Display
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Good For Groups:
Good For Children:
Beer, Wine, Spirits
Wheelchair Accessible:
Takes Reservations:
Dietary Restrictions:
Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Gluten-free
Meals Served:
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Reviews for Paasha Turkish Cafe & Takeaway

5 star rating
by Kirsty
8th November 2013

I love this place!! After working in hospitality for a long time myself I can be very fussy when I go out but every time I come here they impress me. The staff are always really friendly and helpful without being annoying. Even just getting the take out kebabs I get super friendly service. The food is great and I always look forward to going back. The have really generous sized meals for great value – so much to choose from as well! I highly recommend this restaurant regularly to anyone I talk to. This is the first place I’ve bothered to write a review for, that’s how good they are :) I’ll definitely be back again and again!

4 star rating
by Norma B.
6th October 2013

Visiting Hamilton ate out all 3 nights, last night we tried Paasha. Excellent food and value for money. Tasty, filling and would certainly go back -yum!

1 star rating
by Ni K.
22nd January 2013

The only plus to our Dining experience here was that we were acknowledged immediately when entering. From then onwards was well below expectations. We ordered Entree of shrimp- came out with a salad on the side which included wiltered lettuce, fowl tasting pickles, and a wedge of lemon- which had the supplier plastic sticker still attatched, We also ordered the selection of breads- which included two types of breads only- both very hard and untasty. We wern’t offered drinks at any stage.Our mains were very low standard. My Hubby ordered medium rare steak- it came out completely overdone and rubbery. Me and my mother in law ordered the same dish -the Iskender, to our surprise our plates looked completely different, sides and dressings which were clearly explained in the menu were missing. We left quickly after eating the mess of a meal. Last unpleasant thing was the young waiter, he was heavily perspiring and his odour was smelt by all of us made being there uncomfortable. Never to go back.

5 star rating
by Susan B.
30th November 2012

The seafood platter is the best new dish I have tried for ages. There was two fish fillets, 4 prawns, home made squid rings etc. excellent value, beautifully presented, and a serious size feed. Don’t be mislead – it is a main size. Definitely going again. All went beautifully with the Riesling on offer.

5 star rating
by Tracey G.
6th November 2012

Was recommended by a friend to try out Paasha and I haven’t stopped going back since. Best takeaway turkish meals in Hamilton. Just got another awesome lunch and such great value for money. Always hot and fresh. Great friendly service everytime aswell.

5 star rating
by Kylie
28th October 2012

Have dined here twice and had takeaways once and love the food. The shish meals are awesome and the kebabs as takeaways are large and very tasty. Love the Turkish delight, service is always friendly and prompt and would definitely dine here again.

4 star rating
by Karenza L.
16th October 2012

Had a take away wrap for the first time ever tonight. It was fast, the service was friendly and the food tasted AMAZING. I’ll certainly be back! :-)

3 star rating
by Leigh-Anne P.
7th October 2012

Food was nice, but too expensive to make this out go-to favourite for Turkish. Had Takeaway. Nice food but wouldn’t rave about it like it was the best restaurant ever!

4 star rating
by wanida v.
15th September 2012

Went there for lunch a few days ago for the first time. I order Dolma, thought I should try something different and it was different from my usual. I prefer to have them hot but this dish was served cold. Not much flavour in that rice wrapped in grape leaf and I didn’t enjoy it that much toward the end of my meal. My friend had chicken shish and I tried some of hers. It was fantastic. Chicken was well cooked and flavoursome. Taboulah was fresh and lovely. Definitely get this next time I visit Paasha. I also tried their Turkish Delight and it was delight indeed. The best I had so far. It was soft and gooey in my mouth. I had to get another one on the way out. A little bit pricy compare with the portion size but definitely go back there again. Very interesting menu.

4 star rating
by briandijones
2nd August 2012

A group of us dined here last night and we were well looked after by the friendly and helpful staff. The food was very good, however a few of us commented that our main course could have been a bit hotter (in temperature).The helpings were generous.
Some of us had a bit of difficulty reading the menu in the somewhat gloomy conditions – no lights anywhere over our table, and the few candles didn’t make that much difference for those of us using reading glasses!
Other than that we all seemed very happy with the meals and service. I will definitely dine here again.

5 star rating
by Tania
10th June 2012

Great food, mouth wateringly good, great flavours and good quality ingredients. Great service, really friendly and quick. We have been a number of times now and the consistency has never wavered. Fantastic winter option. Don’t leave without trying their fresh Turkish delight or you will be cheating yourself! We will definitely be back

4 star rating
by Joanne H.
8th March 2012

Four of us enjoyed an excellent dinner at Paasha last night. The Lamb & Chicken Shish all came with a beautiful taboulah, fresh green salad & home made pitas. Lovely blend of flavours & spices, backed up by a very good wine list (The Ned Sav & Mt Difficulty wines . . yum). Really impressed with the excellent service. At $140 for dinner & drinks for 4 adults we were really impressed. We’ll definately be back!

4 star rating
by Trish C.
18th February 2012

Enjoy this restaurant very much. Great service, and menu.
Decor also very pleasant. The Mezze plate is really tasty, and well enough for two people.

5 star rating
by Laura
10th November 2011

I had lunch at Paasha last week with a couple of colleagues. I enjoyed it so much I have already been back again this week for takeaways. The food is amazing, the service is good and its very reasonably priced. Definitely one of my favourite places to eat in Hamilton!

Comment from Murat B. of Paasha Turkish Cafe & Takeaway 11/11/2011   
Thank you Laura for your kind feedback. We do our best to keep…    More »
2 star rating
by Kelly
31st October 2011

My friend and I went to try this new place for lunch today. We went into the restaurant and could see staff in the kitchen bit (who also saw us) – then they all seemed to go behind the kitchen wall and noone came out to seat/serve us. After waiting a bit longer there was still noone to help us so we had to walk out. Hopefully it is just due to the place being new and getting sorted. The menu does sound nice – so will try again another day.

1 star rating
by Henry J.
23rd October 2011

Before today I would have rated Paasha 4 Stars Plus. The Service was again great. However the food I was serviced was extremely disappointing. It was cold, didn’t have a very large number of the elements that it had the previous 4 times I have enjoyed it. My wife’s food was fine, warm and inviting.
Mine was dreadful: cold, fish that should not have been served, dry cold bread,my thoughts go on. I would have prefered to email this to them directly. However couldn’t find any link this to this.
A restaurant I thought was really good has really disappointed. Its consistence and quality checks and standards have really let it down.

5 star rating
by Janine c.
7th October 2011

Tried here a few weeks ago for lunch. Was delicious! I had the pita, lovely and fresh and very big for $12. Staff were good although not overly quick to come back and see if we wanted more drinks, we had to track her down, other people also waited a little while to order. Will be back for sure, they do take out kebabs and burgers too.

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