CINQ Oriental Bistro takes you on a journey and introduces you to the Japanese Power of Five principles – the five senses, five tastes and five ways. Through ancient beliefs, the number five guides the Japanese through an all-round food experience.
Five senses – smell, taste, sight, touch, hearing
Five tastes – sweet, sour, bitter, salty, umami
Five ways – raw, simmered, fried, steamed, grilled
CINQ is located in Amsterdam South, surrounded by water and overlooking the Olympic Stadium. The name – which means five in French – refers to both the Power of Five as well to the Olympic rings. Let the Asian flavours carry you to the other side of the world, and enjoy a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere with a touch of French finesse.
This is CINQ.
The number five is considered important in Japanese culture. The Power of Five provides the guidelines for eating for many centuries. Although the Japanese haven’t engraved these guidelines are in their cookbooks, they are rooted in the Japanese culture. At CINQ, we let the Power of Five guide us.
We believe that any dining experience should stimulate and tickle all senses – from the apparent smell and taste to a beautiful view not only in your surroundings but also on your plate. The importance of touch can be found in textures. Of food, but also of that soft velvet couch or that gorgeous tableware. Last but not least, hearing. The faint buzz of people chatting, people making a toast and clinking their glasses, and even the sound of streaming water or the wind blowing through the trees.
When it comes to tastes, the Japanese believe every meal should contain all five. Sweet, sour, bitter, salty and of course, umami. But whether you are from Japan or South-America, every taste bud is much like the other. While there are lots of differences in food habits or diets all over the world, when it comes to taste, there is a surprising global consensus on which flavours go well together. The secret? Balance. Salty oysters, sweet edamame, acidic rice vinegar, slightly bitter lemon zest and the richness of miso or truffle – every flavour will find its place on the plate.
And last but not least, there are five ways to prepare food. And according to the Japanese tradition, all of these ways should take part in the preparation of a meal. Let us explain. Start with the delicate flavours of raw fish, followed up by a soup or simmered greens for instance. Then, enjoy the crunch of fried tempura or spring rolls and steamed black bean oysters. And finish your dinner with grilled meat or fish. Enjoy this fascinating journey through all the flavours and textures at QING Oriental Bistro.
These five senses, five tastes and five ways are served in a cosmopolitan atmosphere with modern French finesse in the heart of Amsterdam South. Overlooking the Olympic Stadium, its five rings are just the final element that complete the circle of CINQ.