Ninou (which means “cuddle” in French) has all the charms of a Parisian boulangerie, without being pretentious.
Ninou is open and inviting, with friendly staff and an elegant fit-out by Parisian interior designer Meredith Frichet. The bakery and kitchen space is open – patissiers work around a large square island table making pistachio macarons with plump raspberries sandwiched between them; lime panna cotta tarts; and crème brûlée orange.
Baguettes sit in rectangular metal drums and chouquettes (choux pastry sprinkled with pearl sugar and sweet fillings) are piled in a basket by the register. The flour is imported from France, which, due to different milling techniques and the protein (or gluten) content, makes an enormous difference to the flavour of the dough – the baguettes here actually taste like real French bread.
Stacks of baguette sandwiches with generous fillings, including Emmental cheese, cured ham and all the good savoury condiments you’d expect, make easy lunch options. If you’re famished try the ficelle (thin baguette) baked with bacon and mozzarella.
The standout in the cabinet is the signature Ninou cake with layers of single-origin dark-chocolate mousse, salted-caramel cremeux, almond dacquoise and caramel butter.