CinCin (no fighting, it’s pronounced Chin-chin).
1154 Robson St. (between Thurlow and Bute, upstairs) Vancouver, B.C.
Basically, if you can afford it – go.
You won’t be disappointed by this perfect combination of lovely ambiance, succulent food, and remarkable service at Cincin. The Italian inspired cusine is truly that – inspired. The…well, everything there is deliciousest. But be careful not to blow your money like a fool. I encountered a $36 glass of wine that, after sipping, I recalled that I don’t care much for Italian wine. I should have stuck to the fantastic $10 Malbec or $14 BC Syrah all along.
Anyway – back to the F.O.O.D.
Cincin has a long and comprehensive menu which consists of appetizers, pastas, seafood dishes, specialty pizza, assorted meats, steaks, cheeses, desserts and an extensive wine menu. It took me forever to decide what to get…partially, because I started in with a wine flight which distracted from the menu for a while.
I don’t really think it matters what you order: each item was fantastic, delicate, and I could not have imagined it being better (except for the tiramisu — which is strictly because I am the biggest tiramisu snob you will ever meet in your life). Anyway – we started out with the Carpaccio which was so thin is appeared to painted onto the plate. What implement could slice meat so thinly I have no clue (beef carpaccio, roast garlic and horseradish crema, baby oyster mushrooms $18). Next we moved onto another wonderful appetizer: the seared albacore. I was both pleased and surprised by the citrus pairing with the tuna (seared albacore tuna, sicilian caponata salad with citrus and cinzano $14.50). And finally the baby artichoke and watercress salad. I can’t think of a single more lovely combination to put on a salad plate.
Our entrees consisted of the:
Gnocchi (with wild boar, juniper berries, cippolini onion, kumquat and marjoram $27). Which was fabulous.
Ahi Tuna (wood fire grilled rare, black truffle vinaigrette anchovy potato arrostito, sardinian bottarga and asparagus $36.50). When they say rare they mean it! It really seemed more like it was seared than grilled. Regardless, I liked this one so much I was hesitant to share it with any of my dining companions.
Tenderloin (Alberta AAA 7oz $37.00). So tender and cooked so perfectly, I have had only a couple of steaks better than this in my life — and I am from Alberta — the land of steak.
The bc dungeness crab and fusilli in a pinot grigio cream sauce. This was quite possibly the best $21 ever spent. The crab was plentiful and its abundance in this dish led to my unending happiness.
And of course – we threw a half lobster into the mix (wood grilled $18.50). Which was fan-freaking-tastic.
After a chorus of yum, mmmmmm, ohhs and ahhs (I think there was even a ‘Stunning!’ in there somewhere). We moved onto dessert:
Tiramisu (served in a chocolate cup with honey ice cream and nougatine sauce $11) the tiramisu was very good and the honey ice cream was delightful.
Three Chocolate Parfait (with spicy chocolate ice cream and caramel sauce $11). Again, being a dessert snob, I found the parfait to be good and the spicy chocolate ice cream to be bizarre. But remember folks, bizarre always comes with a positive connotation in my dictionary.
What can I say? Try anything and everything at Cincin, you’ll love it. I will be back — just as soon as I win the lottery. Not that Cincin is overly expensive – the price is right for the amazing greatness your tastebuds will be treated to. I give Cincin a solid rating of four delicious lobster tails up!
Open: 5pm – midnight
Reservations: Most certainly make one.
Dress: Don’t wear your sweatpants or workout clothes (this includes lululemon for those who seem to be confused on the subject.)
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