The front of zinqué at Lido Marina Village is how traditional diners enjoy this Lido Marina Village spot; small plates, California wines and waterfront views about in the expansive, shabby-chic eatery. There’s a large fireplace with a grand, rectangular sitting area and a bar with thin, wood stools and friendly bartenders.
On the other side, if you’re approaching from Via Lido, zinqué, whose French owners opened this location after finding success with zinqué in Los Angeles, transforms into a small, local pâtisserie. A wall of windows expose a tiled counter, a bowl of fresh lemons, a few stools on the sidewalk to enjoy the quiet scene on a weekday morning.
Much like the corner sidewalk crepe stand you might find in Paris, this one sells crepes to go. Varieties available on a typical morning include: sugar; sugar and lemon; strawberry and nutella; egg, ham and cheese; and egg, asparagus and cheese. The Crepes can get pricey ($6 to 16.00) but you’re paying a bit for the ambience and esoteric experience that’s French in essence yet, as you devour your warm, buttery crepe along the European-inspired walkways of Lido Marina Village, somehow totally Newport Beach.