The French are known for their desserts and I often hear of the glory of French pastries, like Pierre Herme's game-changing creations. Luckily I have found that ever-elusive pastry perfection at Ninou Boulangerie, Patisserie and Viennoiserie, a newly opened French cafe in Rosebery. This place is all about French baking artistry.
Ninou is about re-creating the authentic taste of Paris and it certainly has all the charms of a modern Parisian boulangerie. The new fit-out was done by a Parisian interior designer and it looks elegant, simple and clean. It really is an open and inviting cafe space in the midst of imposing high residential and industrial buildings.
It has an open-space bakery and kitchen and that is where all the culinary magic happens. Customers can feel confident about the authenticity of the process and admire the bakers and patisserie connoisseurs' craft at the same time. Fresh baked bread is out constantly, so you can grab-and-go from the self-service area if you are in a hurry.
If the mere description of authentic French flaky pastries, smooth custards, creamy chocolates and artisan dessert creations have you weak at the knees, then you should proceed to Ninou's main attraction - the alluring pastries dessert cabinets.
Sweet-tooth lovers take heed, your eyes and taste buds are about to be tempted by some irresistible French delights. The glowing lime panacotta mousse tarts are a sunny welcome, Ninou's signature Single Origin Valrhona Guanaja Dark Chocolate Mousse cakes are the royal treat and that is before the dainty macaron skewers, salted caramel éclairs and the gourmet baguette sandwiches.
It was a challenge to drag ourselves away from Ninou's glass cabinets display. I was conflicted with indecision when confronted by the magnificent displays of desserts. Apparently every other customer in front me were mesmerised by these beautiful creations and lingered longer than necessary; thus we caused an eager queue behind us.
In the end, I ordered a Nordique sandwich and it was one of the best baguette sandwiches I have ever had. The smoked salmon tasted fresh with the mesclun salad, chives and dill based sauce, but it was the baguette bread that really stood out for me.
I was informed thay Ninou only uses high-quality ingredients and they use imported flour from France, so we can have the true French experience. I thoroughly enjoyed every bite of this smoked salmon baguette sandwich.
The Infiniment Chocolat cake was filled with Single Origin Dark Chocolate Ganache and airy light milk chocolate mousse which dissolved the moment it hit my mouth. The praline feuilletine delivered a lovely crunchy texture which made me go back for more. It was a heavenly chocolate cake.
Next dessert was a vibrant playful dessert called Émotion. It was stunning to look at and when we cut through it, it contained silky smooth vanilla Bavaroise & raspberry ganache wedged in between the layers. It was not saturated with a load of sugar, so it was not sickly sweet.
Considering the excellent quality of the food at Ninou, the prices are very reasonable, and the service and atmosphere are authentic and warm. Ninou is fast becoming a great weekend brunch spot for locals and visitors alike.