Cin Cin hit the streets of Brighton as a restaurant in November 2016 and has grown incredibly in such a short period of time. Before then, they were serving up their cuisine at festivals, events and supper clubs around the UK.
Since their launch they’ve gone on to win 6th place in the Brighton Best Restaurant awards and Best Welcome. Josh has been dying to visit ever since I went to their press launch with Brighton Girl last year. Fast forward to last weekend and we had a table booked to celebrate our 2 year anniversary.
The venue is small, seating around 16 covers, but they’ve used the space well. You all sit at the bar surrounding the kitchen area so you’re slap bang in the middle of the action. Upon arrival we were greeted with two glasses of prosecco to celebrate our two years together.
To start with we ordered some focaccia with olive oil (£3) and some Bresaola cured beef with shaved Pecorino (£6). The bread is freshly made every day and we loved being able to watch this all being put together. It’s fair to say this wasn’t around for long!
Cin Cin offer a selection of small plates to choose from. We ordered 2 out of the 3 dishes on the menu. First up, and a highlight for the evening, was the rabbit croquette (£7). This was definitely the best croquette we’ve ever tried. The rabbit was juicy and melted in your mouth and the pesto that accompanied it was bursting with basil freshness.
Next up was the salmon dish (£7.50). Fresh ceviche style salmon was accompanied with lentils & salsa verde, a contrast to the previous dish as this was incredibly light and fresh. The quality of the ingredients here really shines through.
The mains on the menu are their pasta dishes. They regularly have specials up on the board but we decided to go for the dishes available all month! (Oh, did I forget to mention their menu changes monthly?!)
We had the mussels (£9.50) with linguine and ‘nduja, a spicy pork salumi. The italian sausage gave this dish a bit of heat and the mussels were gorgeous. We found the sauce to be lacking a little bit of ooomph, but still enjoyed the dish as a whole.
Another highlight for us was the lamb shoulder ragu (£10) with smoked ricotta and tagliatelle. The lamb was incredible, juicy, full of flavour and falling apart on your fork. The ricotta paired wonderfully with the dish, giving a creamy texture and the fresh pasta was a perfect al dente.
Josh would even go as far as saying it was the best ragu he’s ever tasted as thought it was absolutely fucking incredible”.
We rarely order dessert when we go out for dinner, but as it was a special occasion we decided to treat ourselves. Josh went for the pistachio olive oil torta with blood orange gel and pistachio crema (£6). This was a really interesting dessert, neither of us had tried anything like it before. The torta was tasty with the pistachio coming through strongly and the plate was beautifully presented. Sadly all my photos are blurry! Probably because I was on my fourth prosecco of the night!
I had the buttermilk pannacotta with rhubarb compote and stem ginger (£6). The rhubarb was very sour but the pannacotta immediately soothed this, a lovely dessert to finish an evening.
We really enjoyed our evening at Cin Cin and we will no doubt return to try out the new dishes that keep appearing on their menu! They also offer a £10 Tuesdays, a pasta dish & drink for a tenner, which I’m sure we’ll be trying out soon.
Have you ever been to Cin Cin? What’s your favourite Italian restaurant?