Situated in the heart of Paddington, Anouk has been a mainstay amongst the popular cafes since 2007. Their flair for interesting cuisine full of international flavours is something that keeps diners returning and hungry for more. Surprisingly, I tried Anouk out for the first time ever a few days ago and was equal parts impressed and disappointed. Impressed at the quality of the food, menu, service and ambience and depressed in myself that I couldn’t humanly fit more than one meal in my tummy. I’m a weakling.
Torn between sticking to the tried and tested breakfast venues around Paddington and taking a risk with somewhere new, we almost stuck with Kettle and Tin but were enticed over the road to Anouk after checking out their menu. Usually I find ordering breakfast pretty straightforward. I’m either in a sweet or savoury mood and the choice is then usually pretty clear. At Anouk, however the menu is so jam packed full of dishes that are exciting yet familiar and full of flavour; I was really spoiled for choice.
After humming and ha-ing forever, I finally decided on the savoury mince with a fried egg, jalapeno and sourdough. My friend got the Shakshuka (baked eggs) with flatbread and my partner got a miso soup off the lunch menu. I couldn’t fault any of it. The savoury mince was packed full of flavour, a little bit of kick from the jalapenos and not too greasy or heavy for breakfast. The serving size was perfect. The Shakshuka looked amazing and it seemed like every diner in Anouk had ordered it. I was secretly waiting for my friend to offer me a bite but didn’t want to ask. She didn’t offer. I didnt get to try any but it was ok because my mince was great anyway and I am a strong independent bruncher who don’t need no Shakshuka. I was (unsurprisingly) not in the mood for miso in the morning so I let my partner enjoy his miso soup breakfast uninterrupted (an unusual occurrence) but was told that it was great.
The service at Anouk was also outstanding despite it being a very busy Sunday morning brunch service. The food came out fast and the staff were lovely. The coffee here was also wonderful and the prices were very friendly. I’m finding a few of my regular haunts in Paddington rarely change up their menu or have smaller menus and less variety; there is still so much on the menu at Anouk that i’m excited to try so I’ll be heading back there next time I’m on a mission for brunch.
You can check out Anouk at 212 Given Tce, Paddington