Anouk, one of Brisbane’s best cafes, occupies the old Paddington apothecary on the Given Terrace eating precinct.
The chic inviting interior, sun-filled in the mornings, features exposed handmade brick walls and timber floors, while outside hanging ferns provide tropical green shade to the pavement tables.
More than a café, Anouk is like an upscale neighbourhood eating house, serving scrumptious all-day breakfast/lunch, as well as takeaway coffee and specials to a loyal cast of regulars.
What makes Anouk stand out amongst the crowd is the fine attention to detail, from the creative beautifully presented dishes and the perfectly brewed coffee to the service.
On the light side are options such as fresh baked daily muffins, seasonal fruit salad with house baked crunchy granola with vanilla coconut yoghurt or house baked banana bread with Anouk’s own berry jam.
Breakfast dishes are numerous and enticing and include French Toast Pancakes with berry compote, lemon marscapone and local honey comb, Shakshuka: baked eggs in spicy tomato concasse with creamed spinach, fetta, yoghurt and flatbread, Five Spice Breakfast Mince with cayenne and paprika on cheesey garlic bread with fried egg, or a whole new approach to bacon and eggs: The New Nom Nom - shredded sweet potato, cabbage, kim chee and streaky bacon with fried eggs.
Lunch style dishes vary from 180g Mince Burger on brioche with melted cheese, buttermilk, apple slaw, sweet chilli jam and fries to Crispy Skin Salmon on banana leaf with Israeli couscous, herb salad and Greek yoghurt.
In addition, on the blackboard are enduring Anouk favourites such as the omelette (with fillings such as the popular goat’s cheese), bacon and egg burger, breakfast salad (with haloumi and pancetta) and the Big Breakfast.
Customers also have a selection of add-ons to complement any meal, such as pan fried kale, mushroom or crispy potato, house cured salmon, haloumi slices and double smoked bacon rashers.
Anouk is also one of the few places in Brisbane where you can enjoy dessert for breakfast – think Hoboken Crunch (salted caramel and vanilla ice-creams, popcorn, candied nuts and caramel sauce), or Tropical Eton Mess (banana, passionfruit coulis, meringue, vanilla ice-cream and roast coconut).
Coffee served is well-brewed Merlo, hot chocolate with marshmallows, Chamellia Leaf Teas, yoghurt fruit smoothies, fruit shakes, muddled fruit and fizz, Australian cold press juice and home-made soft drinks. BYO beer, wine or spirit - with the latter Anouk will be hapy to mix up a killer cocktail!
Need to know – Too busy to dine in? Anouk offers takeaway smashed avocado on sourdough, a ‘sarnie’ with bacon and fried egg and delicious fillings and, on school days, a special ‘tuckshop’ bargain lunch for $12. (phone ahead if really pressed for time). On weekends bookings canot be guaranteed for dining between 8.30-11am (except on special occasions like Mother's and Father's Day), otherwise Anouk welcomes bookings any time.
Nice to know – Anouk also offers a Junior menu (small size dishes) for children – ask about what’s on offer. A limited amount of free off-street parking is available out back - entry via Guthrie Street.
212 Given Tce