Review: Cin Cin, Brighton

The restaurant scene in Brighton is booming, with more and more top quality spots opening up every month. What we've been lacking, though, is an authentic Italian restaurant. Cin Cin has brought us exactly that. What once started as a food van run by David, Fabrizio and Jamie, has now evolved into an intimate and affordable fine dining experience.

Two Brighton Girls headed down to see what Cin Cin could bring to the city and after a few too many proseccos, they left promising to come back again. Cin Cin have hit the nail on the head.

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Upon arrival, we were greeted with a glass of prosecco and some antipasti. Focaccia, olives, cheeses, meats - the lot! While we started to get full before even beginning our first course, it was most definitely a good idea to line our stomachs. Bottomless proseccos can be lethal.

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The first course was by far one of our favourites. Truffle and porcini arrancini with a truffle sauce. Every bite brought an explosion of flavour and we could have eaten an entire bowl of them.

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Next came Jerusalem artichoke with fig and a lemon mayonnaise. Having never tried Jerusalem artichoke we were very pleasantly surprised. The flavour combinations worked extremely well and the lemon mayonnaise completed the dish.

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Veal tartare with kale pesto, crispy kale and ricotta. This was the dish that really pushed us out of our comfort zone. Raw veal? It's one of those things you either love or you hate. Normally, we'd never order something like this off of the menu, and to be honest our opinion was divided. One of us loved it, while it made the other a little too squeamish. It was, however, very tender and went very well with the cheese and kale pesto.

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You'd think we'd be full by now, wouldn't you? Next up was a citrus cured monkfish with heritage tomatoes and tapenade. A delightfully refreshing dish and something we'd definitely order again.

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Last up for the savoury dishes was homemade parpadelle with Dexter shin and pecorino. We both rated this one very highly, and the chef makes the pasta to order. How incredible is that?! The beef was incredibly tender and literally fell apart in your mouth. A stunning dish.

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How we then managed to find room for two desserts is beyond me. But of course we did. First was a delicious hazelnut praline cheesecake with marsala pears. Creamy, sweet, delicious.

Last but not least was the traditional Sicilian tart. The bright yellow topping comes from the leftover eggs when they make pasta and it came with a vanilla crème fraîche. The perfect way to end the evening.

Cin Cin is new to Brighton but will no doubt be a hit with the locals. With Brighton crying out for an authentic Italian for years, the wait was worth it. Cin Cin don't take bookings, so make sure you pop by to try some of their amazing cuisine.

Written by Jess.

You can read more of her work on her blog www.jessandjoshcook.com or follow her on Twitter @jessandjoshcook.