261 King St
M-Su 7.30 - 11
Cinque is a very busy cafe perfectly located right next to the Dendy cinema in Newtown. This could be viewed as a good or a bad thing though. It really is convenient if you plan to go to the cinema (as Squeak and I did this evening), and it also ensures that your food is fresh. Having said that, such popularity can mean a certain nonchalance in altering menus to keep them fresh and vibrant.
Squeak and I have been to this cafe many times. It's right near the Fish music store, the Better Read than Dead bookstore, and the Dendy cinema... not to mention all the other great shops along King St. It really is in the heart of Newtown - which goes a long way to explaining the long queues on weekend mornings of people waiting to get a table. We decided on an early-ish dinner as the film started at 7... so we managed to get a table pretty easily. On perusing the menu, it became apparent that it had not changed at all since the last time we'd been - which was probably a good 6 months earlier.
Don't get me wrong, there's nothing particularly wrong with Cinque, it just suffers a little from not feeling like it has to try very hard. Our dinner there tonight was a case in point.
I ordered the goats cheese, caramelised onion, roasted capsicum, basil pesto and balsamic tart, accompanied by a raspberry fruit frappe, and Squeak opted for the beetroot, lentil, goat's cheese and minted yoghurt salad with a 'Lush' fruit frappe. We also ordered a side of chips (with tomato sauce).... the chips have got to be a guilty pleasure.
UPDATE: Went here again for brekky this morning... the Italian Hot Chocolate is back on the menu! Hooray for simple common sense.