An ingredient-driven, seasonal focus sets the tone for the menu, with distinctive dishes embracing the sensibilities of Italy.
Have been here with the wife a few times now and just wanted to say this place has an excellent ambiance, service and setting, top quality given its less than optimal location.
As an Italian I can say for sure the food is no way authentic Italian - more like modern west coast with an Italian flavor.
The portions are TINY and after a 3 course meal I was left hungry. This is one of those restaurants that serve small portions but at 4x average prices - much like the other restaurants under the same ownership (West, Araxi - with Araxi being the best imo).
All in all, if you want to impress your partner this is a good spot, but for food lovers I would suggest Don Francesco's - which is located just a few blocks away. The service there is also excellent but the food is the Best Italian in Vancouver I have tasted so far and you also get singing and music.
This place is great! Great service I would say! Was here a few months ago. The food here is great, service is even better. I love their desserts. Ambiance was quite nice, dimmed lights, soft music in the background. Service was excellent, oh I said that already. It is a great place to take your loved one on her birthday or a special occasion. It is well worth the money. In fact, I didn't think it was that expensive at all for the food and the service that was given.
Okay, so I think CinCin has changed management and chef since we last went. Actually, I know they've chnaged chefs. Normally hubby and I are suspect of these sorts of changes because, well, it indicates something was amiss. However, this is not the case with the recent changes. Although the level of service and atmosphere is still the same great experience as by the previous manager, it's the food and presentation that are even better than before. The portion sizes have increased, which is refreshing when all other restaurants seem to be putting out smaller and smaller portions. I ordered the veal chop and hubby ordered the whole seabass. Both were quite large. the fish came bone in, but our server was quick and deft to de-bone the fish without issue. Great wines were recommmended as well (and there are so many to chose from, 15 whites and 15 reds available by the glass, as well as champange by the glass)
Dessert were sublime. Our server reccommended the tiramisu and the apple tarte. The tarte was seved warm with house made vanilla bean gelato. The tiramisu had this wonderful presentation in a chocolate cup, with praline crumble and candies pistachios around the plate.
Definately go and treat your taste buds.
This place always had great risotto! I almost melted when i tasted the RISOTTO OF 1 YR AGED BIODYNAMIC RICE... sounds interesting but it was divine! Beef Carpaccio was excellent was well! Thinking about it is making my mouth water!
My colleagues and I dined at CinCin after work one evening. None of us had been there before – and none of us will ever go back. The entire experience from start to finish was a great disappointment.
The service was by far the worst part of the evening - Our waiter acted like we should be thanking him for the privilege of dining at the restaurant. He carried a very poor attitude about him and continually tried to sell us additional add-on to our meal (appetizers, drinks, salads, etc.). While I appreciate being offered various items, this guy was acting like a high-pressure used car sales person. It was not appreciated and made us feel very awkward the entire evening.
The food was presented very well, however I think I ingested enough salt to fulfill my dietary requirement for a month. Everyone seated at our table commented that their meal was very salty, to the point where we had to switch from $7 bottled water, to tap water because we were drinking it so much.
The atmosphere was pleasant and the restaurant was very nicely decorated. The kitchen features a wood burning oven of some sorts, so I would be interested to try an item from there, however based on my experience at CinCin, I will not be returning. There are better restaurants in Vancouver that provide a better experience for the same (or less) money.
I recently went to Cin Cin for the first time. The ambience was quite nice and the service was excellent. Our server did a fantastic job of recommending items, without coming across pushy. I had the bison gnocchi, which was amazing. The wine was a bit overpriced. It was my boyfriend's birthday and they were great with the desert including; helping to choose the right one, writing happy birthday on the plate and bringing it out with a simple candle.
took the Mr. to CinCin for Valentine's Day. We had been here for Dine Out 2008 as well, and were impressed and wanted to return again. Although it was a busy night, we were greated warmly and were shown to a very nie, romantic table. I had forgotten my glasses, so the server brought over a tray with a half dozen pairs or so for me to choose from! That's great service.
We had a beet salad and beef carpacio to start. Then I had the pork tenderloin and he had the braised lamb. Both were very good and we ended up sharing because well, it was Valentine's Day afterall. The portion sizes were very generous, which you often don't get in a high end restaurant. So very good value for the money.
Dessert was truly outstanding. We had the Valentine's Trio, which was a tiramisu, creme brulee (my favorite) and a triple choc mousee torte. oh, and a scoop of gelato. I understand they recently won Best Desserts and it's easy to understand why. I would go back just for dessert.
Tried the goats cheese ravioli, pork saltimbocca and tiramisu. AMAZINGLY cooked! Each dish was very well balanced, thought out and executed. The pork retained it's moisture but still had the nice caramelization that I look for in a properly cooked protein. Tiramisu was served in a toffee basket with little pistachio kernels....divine! Overall the best DOV dinner I've had so far....I'll be back to review the other restaurants after I go. Cincin is worth going to- the service was impeccable!
Three friends and I went to CinCin for Dine Out Vancouver. Although the food took some time to get to our table, our gracious and friendly server was very apologetic and continuously filled up our bread basket while we waited. I had the goat cheese ravioli with veal terrine appetizer and it was absolutely delicious. The pork that I had for my main course was beautifully prepared as well. I had the profiteroles for dessert and they were quite good but nothing out of the ordinary. All in all it was a great meal. I will definitely return to CinCin in the future.
Our first visit and it was excellent. Although the restaurant was full it was not noisy and you did not feel as if the next table was included in your conversation. The service was excellent - not too fast and not too slow. The food was outstanding. My husband asked for a portion of Swiss chard, but they had run out. Instead we were presented with a complimentary serving of fresh spinach which went well with the main course. I am not a big fan of deserts, but the lemon tart was sublime. Thierry is a magican in the kitchen with pastry. An excellent wine list as well with some helpful, but not patronising suggestions from the waiter. All in all an excellent evening and one we hope to repeat on our next trip to Vancouver.
Well what can you say about Cincin that hasn't been said before. When you walk up the stairs from Robson st. you would think you were in a Tuscan Villa. I love the patio too ... small but very private. The service at Cincin is very good ... the staff is well trained and has a good knowledge of the menu and yes they even will make sure there are no crumbs left on your table for you. The pastry Chef Thierry is world class! His apple tartin with housemade Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream is to die for. The wine list is also impressive .. it's too bad Sebastien is no longer there ... he was really knew his wines. There is a reason that Hollywood stars frequent this restaurant so give it a shot.
From the outside this restaurant looks like another Robson street cafe, but dont let this fool you. Inside, the atmosphere is great and the service is excellent..The food was outstanding and the wine list was extensive, although, I thought the wines were overpriced compared to most other places. Overall, an excellent dining experiance