Scottsdale Fashion Square is becoming the ideal spot for foodies with new restaurants popping up everywhere you turn. The latest addition, Zinqué (pronounced zinc-kay) had its grand opening this past week and I was lucky enough to snag an invite to their media event. The relaxed but stylish Euro-inspired restaurant mimics cafes found in the South of France, Italy and Spain where guests can start with a latte and end with a glass of wine. This will be Zinqué’s sixth location, the existing five are scattered throughout Southern California and are rumored to be frequented by Hollywood elite. “We are excited to select Scottsdale as our first location outside of California and offer a day-to-night experience at our European-style eatery,” founder Emmanuel Dossetti stated in a press release, “Scottsdale Fashion Square is accessible to the community’s residents, creatives, business professionals and travelers who visit this live, work and play city.”
As I approached the 2,930-square-foot restaurant I was greeted by a 30-foot-tall, 22-year-old oak tree. The towering tree stands as the main focal point of the patio surrounded by a fireplace, lounging couches and small tables. There are plenty of intimate spots to settle into. The layout includes a main dining area, wine bar and a 620-square-foot semi-private dining and event space. I cozied up inside at a corner table next to an adorable boho-chic couch. The minimalist design style and scattered potted greenery set a serene mood. The attentive staff were delivering wine and chosen cocktails for the event. I decided on the La Française. The sunny yellow craft-cocktail, made with passion fruit and vodka, had a refreshing spring vibe without any overwhelming elements. Light bites included deviled eggs, quiches and bruschetta which were lovely but teased my taste buds as I longed to try more of the menu. The massive bar area drew in a lively crowd as the night progressed and I watched as shoppers trickled in after their mall adventures.
Zinqué will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even draw in a late-night crowd with their 2 a.m. closing time. The extensive and eclectic menu offers salads, sandwiches and wholesome bowls for lunch and larger plates such as grilled prawns and grilled whole branzino for dinner. Keep your eyes open for Parisian-influenced items like freshly baked croissants and tarts for breakfast as well as quiches, frites imported cheeses and bread directly from the famous Poilâne Bakery in Paris.
After my brief introduction to Zinqué, my interest is more than piqued and I’m looking forward to experiencing their brunch and dinner. Between the atmosphere, menu and high-traffic location, I have a feeling this will quickly become Scottsdale’s latest gathering hot spot.
4712 N. Goldwater Blvd., Ste. 110, Scottsdale