The Thirsty Camel Café serves delicious, fresh and healthy food. It's a favourite Nanaimo restaurant, voted one of the top three places to eat lunch in Nanaimo in 2010.
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Real FoodOur main menu is Middle Eastern, with plenty of Vegetarian and Vegan options, such as falafel, hummous, Moroccan carrots, and a variety of cooked and raw salads. We also use free–range, veggie–fed, non–medicated chicken from Nanaimo’s best butcher, Piper’s Meats, for our Persian chicken and chicken pitas. Hot drinks include exceptional organic Drum Roaster French press coffee, and Choice organic teas. The cold drink fridge is stocked with alternative and organic juices and sodas, as well as real homemade lemonade and homemade ice tea in the warm season. The atmosphere is friendly and community oriented, and even if you enter alone, it is easy to spark up conversations with staff and fellow customers. The reading materials are unique and thought provoking.
Our falafel pitas have gained a reputation far beyond Nanaimo. According to Victoria’s Eat Magazine, "There is ho hum falafel and then there is Ilan Goldenblatt’s fabo falafel at the Thirsty Camel. [Goldenblatt] is fresh obsessed". [Su Grimmer, Eat Magazine, July/August edition, 2008.]
Ilan is proud to offer the falafel, and it's true: freshness is the secret. Falafel balls are formed and dropped to order into hot oil; the oil is changed daily; raw falafel batches are made from scratch several times a day; the tahini sauce is made daily using real garlic, freshly squeezed lemon juice and the finest Lebanese tahini paste; freshly baked pitas are picked up every morning; the vegetables are cut daily; and finally the hot sauce is homemade from scratch.
Eat-in / Take-out Hours
We are open for lunch Monday to Wednesday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays noon to 4 p.m., and lunch and dinner Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. We can be busy and call–in orders are encouraged! For take-out, eat-in or catering, call (250) 753–9313