1154 Robson Street
T: 604 688 7338
Located on busy Robson street, CinCin falls under the Top Table Group umbrella, which is also responsible for some of my favourite local eating establishments (Araxi, West, Thierry, and Blue Water Cafe). I have been to CinCin a handful of times but I always seem to forget that it is there, hidden away up a flight of terracotta stairs.
The restaurant recently appointed Andrew Richardson as Executive Chef so I thought I’d head back to see how things have changed under his direction. Their sunny patio was also another reason why I wanted to go back – it is absolutely perfect for this sunny spell we have been having. The lunch menu is focused on pizza, pasta, and a number of main protein dishes (such as chicken, halibut, salmon). Prices are quite high for lunch (mains are mostly above $20) so it would be a good choice for a special occasion or a business lunch, but might be a bit pricey for a regular weekday lunch (well, it is for me).
Gnocchi di ricotta – 15.50
Linguine al granchio (Dungeness crab & chili) – $18.50
Main course of risotto verde – $23.50
Legno di tonno bianco alla griglia – $22.50
Pollo al limone con peperoncino – $22
Chocolate purses (milk chocolate and carmelized apple filled filo pastry, with hazelnut sorbetto) – $12.50
My favourite dish was the gnocchi, the texture of the soft pillow-like gnocchi was balanced with a slight crunch from the bread crumbs and delightfully coated in the creamy sauce. I’d order that again for sure. With their crispy filo and melting chocolate, the chocolate purses were a nice way to end the meal. I will definitely need to return in the evening to sample the dinner menu.