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.
Al day breakfast dishes are numerous and enticing and include the likes of Cinnamon Fried Fruit Toast, Shakshuka: baked eggs in spicy tomato concasse with creamed spinach, fetta, yoghurt and flatbread, Tortilla Espanola - omelette with potato, onion, cheese and jalepeno, mascarpone, green tomato chutney or Swiss and king brown shroom mushrooms and greens in rosemary parmesan cream on toasted turkish.
Lunch style dishes vary from the likes of five spice confit duck on green papaya and rice noodle salad with Thai basil, mint, lime and nam jim to angel hair pasta with hickory smoked salmon, capers and dillbutter, samphire and sea blightsea greens.
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.
212 Given Tce