I’m very excited to be back for another year of Dine Out Vancouver. The first DOV 2009 was at CinCin Ristorante. This year I did some more research on restaurants that I was interested in and heard good things about CinCin. Dining with a bit of an expectation, the restaurant didn’t disappoint me.
Overall the food was tasty. Of all dishes, the Cioppino was a bit too salty for my liking. And I realized the seasoning sometimes was a hit-and-miss thing. My Terrina reminded me of spam. It was rather mild in flavour, except for that one bite where I thought I just threw a pinch of salt in my mouth!! The same happened when I had my swordfish . Now that, I wasn’t too impressed. On the other hand, the Swordfish was moist, but the texture was really interesting – it’s quite an oily fish (note: I believe this was my first time having swordfish). The Veal was braised very nicely and came right off the bone. The Black Forest Cake was not bad and I especially enjoyed the meringue. The Apple Tarte was a classic but I wish the tart shell could’ve crisped up a little. My favouite dessert went to the Tiramisu, which was creamy and the candy snap basket was fun.
I’m very impressed by the service. In fact, I was just amazed by how many staff they had that evening. Nothing is worse than an under-staffed restaurant on a busy day! My server was very attentive, checking back often but not being intrusive. She’s definitely following the right serving etiquette and that made my dining experience much more enjoyable.
I like the restaurant decor. It is one of the higher-end restaurants but the interior reminds me of a small Italian eatery in the country side – there’s a somewhat rustic touch to it. Perhaps they wanted to accommodate more customers at the same time, the tables were placed rather close to each other that some customers may be rubbing shoulders as they eat (OK, maybe not THAT close, but it’s rather tight in space). In the summer time, the patio will definitely do its wonder by adding a bit of a Robson street view to the diner’s menu!
The restaurant definitely lives up to what I heard in the review.
Price Range: $30-$50
1154 Robson Street, Vancouver