With a simple blackboard listing its daily offerings on the footpath, It’s street presence is discreet but walk past the well stocked shelves and the cooking school of The Essential Ingredient shop and you’ll find Quint, a little cafe with a rustic atmosphere which happens to be the perfect refuge from a hot summer’s day. The cool air, the solid timber furniture and the menus presented on thick cork boards all create the impression of having stepped a world away from Darby Street. For some, Quint is a canteen, for others, a place to grab a coffee and a pastry on the go.
Six days a week, Quint Cafe offers a selection of breakfasts and lunch menus which vary according to the season, the ingredients on hand and the whims of the chef’s latest inspirations.
For breakfast, the menu offers simple hearty dishes such as the Turkish Eggs served with Chilli, Binnorie Marinated Fetta and Dukkah or for a sweet option, the Belgian Sugar Waffles with Banana, Salted Caramel and Macadamia Crumble Bittersweet Chocolate. Some lighter breakfast options include the classic Avocado on Toast served with Murray River Salt, Pepper and Lime and the safe Organic Eggs served on toasted house baked bread with pepe saya handcrafted butter.
For lunch, Quint turns out a selection of baguette sandwiches, tarts and quiches as well as a changing selection of dishes such as the Chicken and Roast Garlic Terrine or Bigoli Bassan Spaghetti with Fresh Cherry Tomatoes, Capers, Basil and Truffled Pecorino. If you’re in the mood for something more exotic, then the Mezze Plate or the Moroccan Chicken and Israeli Couscous Salad with Barberries, Pistacchio and Fresh Herbs might well do the trick.
And if all you’re after is taking care of that sweet 11 o’clock craving, then the cafe offers a selection of sweet treats, from a deliciously moist flourless orange cake, the classic chocolate eclairs or the simple caramel kiss.
Quint serves Gravity coffee, a large range of T2 teas, a decadent hot chocolate, frappes , smoothies and a wide selection of soft drinks. It might not look like much from the footpath, but Quint is more than first meets the eye. Step in and follow the smell of coffee, you can’t go wrong.