Ellen and I had our monthly catchup lunch at Anouk. Now I've been here once before and sad to say it did not win me over despite the raves on numerous reviews, websites and also from friends. I was hoping this time would be better.
We came late Sunday afternoon for lunch and it was great to see the crowds gone for once. We got ushered to a table on the corner (ironically the same table that I sat the last time) and ordered our meals. After much deliberation, I ordered the open steak sarnie with haloumi, bacon, egg, onion, beet jam and sweet curls and Ellen ordered maple and tamarind wagyu beef, israeli couscous, salty lemon, apricot and almonds. For drinks I had a mango, passionfruit and pineapple juice and Ellen a skinny cappuccino. The drinks came out quickly. They say that the juices at Anouk is their signature but although my juice was really refreshing, it wasn't a particular standout compared to any other cafe in Brisbane. I forgot to ask Ellen how her coffee was but there was no complaints from her end do the table so I'm sure it wasn't too bad!
They said that the meals would take longer then expected but who was timing? I didn't realise it was a longer wait than usual but that could also be due to the fact that I had wonderful company and great conversation to pass time! The highlight of my dish would be the sweet potato chips which were absolutely delicious and addictive. The steak was a bit of a miss being overdone, dry and tasteless. The bacon, eggs and haloumi was so so- I've had better (cf Flute Fine Foods). Although the quality was not worth $20, the amount certainly makes up for it!