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As you walk past the row of Parisian bistro chairs at the outdoor tables, you are instantly reminded of the terrace dining that abounds on the streets of Paris. Ninou brings a touch of France to the inner city suburb of Rosebery.
The bakers are all of French origin and the melting flakes of croissant pastry attest to that, as do the other boulangerie breakfast offerings. The baking is done in plain sight, so it is quite entertaining to see the work involved in making the delectable treats.
Ninou has a small breakfast menu from 8am until 11am if you have time to linger over a meal. We opted for the gorgeously presented French toast and the salmon and avocado toast, served with a poached egg and dill sauce, caramelised onions and chives.
The tea is premium organic by Ovvio, created by local naturopath & herbalist. The coffee is from Ethica Coffee, an Australian direct trade roaster who purchases their high altitude, chemical free beans direct from farmers in PNG, with a programme to give back to the community which has so far provided laptops, books and furniture to eleven local schools in PNG, assisting over 52 classrooms, as well as individual students and providing medical supplies. Your morning cuppa can warm the soul while kick-starting your day.
The cakes are colourful and tempting, with something to suit everyone's sweet tooth. While my will power resisted indulging in a glossy sugar overload, my curiosity won out and I had to see what was inside a Nutella cruffin, which as the name suggests, is a croissant influenced muffin.
Ninou is the perfect takeaway lunch spot, or worth visiting for a leisurely weekend breakfast in Rosebery. A taste of France much closer to home.