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Cin Cin Hove opens with a special press & blogger evening

We did it! After months of hard work, we officially opened the doors of our brand new second restaurant in Western Road, Hove on January 18th. 

The night before opening we welcomed local press and some of the biggest names in the Brighton food blogging scene for a special invite only event. 

Around 40 invitees were treated to sample dishes from the brand new menu on offer at our new Western Road restaurant. 

Keeping it casual and conversational, guests were free to move around and chat to their industry peers while enjoying dishes laid out for communal dining. The flurry of camera flashes from all angles when each dish arrived was a sight to behold!

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Kicking off with sharing antipasti boards of our finest Italian meats and cheeses, we then  kicked treated guests to our small plates, including Stracciatella & sardine crostini with pickled red onion and Nduja & polenta crochettes with parsley mayonnaise. 

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Next up was a selection of our handmade pasta dishes including our eye-catching Leek scarpinocc with truffle potato and rosemary, and our take on Spaghetti carbonara with smoked eel and confit egg yolk which received rave reviews across the board.

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One of the key features of Western Road is our charcoal robata style grill, and this was put to good use to serve up the next round of meaty dishes that included lamb cutlets and Sussex pork.

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Our new desserts topped off a wonderful evening. Our Birra-misu, which is made with an espresso stout had bloggers intrigued, while the warm chocolate mousse with beetroot ice cream sent the choccy-lovers home happy. 

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We’d like to give a massive thank you to everyone who attended the evening. We loved reading all the reviews, including Golly Miss Holly, Food Booze and Reviews, Brighton Born and Bread, Jess & Josh Cook, and a lovely write up by Nammie Matthews for The Argus

Check out the Western Road menu in full by clicking here. To book call 01273 726 047.

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Cin Cin Head Chef talks new Hove restaurant

Ahead of the launch of our second restaurant in Western Road, Hove, we spoke to our head chef Jamie Halsall. Jamie started working with us as freelance chef on Cin Cin Supper Clubs held throughout London and South East. He joined full-time as head chef when we opened our first Vine Street restaurant in November 2016 and has been responsible for the delightful dishes served ever since. Now he’s focusing on getting the menu ready for Western Road ahead of the grand opening.

Before we talk about the new Cin Cin in Western Road, Hove, give us a brief overview, Jamie, of your life as a chef so far.

I began cooking at 17, did my apprenticeship in Taunton, and then moved to London to work in some of the best restaurants I could, learning from the best. I did a few years of private chef and corporate work before meeting David Toscano and hatching a plan for Cin Cin. And here we are 4 years later with our second restaurant!

Tell us more about your experience with Cin Cin.

David and I met through our wives who used to work together. He was trying to make the jump from a street food van and event caterer to his first restaurant so we started working on supper clubs here in Brighton. I had always loved Italian cooking in the restaurants I had worked in early on in my career, but this opportunity to focus exclusively on it, to really delve into it, was really liberating and I’ve not looked back.

Jamie at Cin Cin Western Road

Now onto the exciting news! Cin Cin Numero 2 is opening on Jan 18th, how do you feel about it?

Excited & nervous! It is a big step up for us – larger restaurant, expanded menu, new staff and team – but we are confident in what we are doing and we hope customers respond to that in the same we they did at Vine St.

We’ve heard from our founder, David Toscano, about the plans for the business, can you tell us more about your plans for the kitchen and menus?

It’s an evolution not revolution. We have a prep kitchen downstairs with a specially made pasta table so we can expand the range of shapes and fillings, and it also means we can use the prep kitchen to improve the dishes at Vine St too. At Western Road, the service kitchen is a similar set up (though bigger) with one key difference – we have a robata grill which means we can cook on direct heat to keep all the flavour in the meat, fish and veg main courses we can now serve. The approach to the menu will remain the same – reimagining Italian classics and building new dishes around the great British ingredients we have in season each month.

What other experiences do you want to bring to Western Road?

We have a private dining room for parties up to 12 people at WR so we have plans for great feasting menus, communal dining off long boards, and getting in whole meats that we can pick the best cuts from for the grill.

We also hear you want to reach out into the community and help the next generation of chefs succeed?

That was massively important to me coming up through the ranks, to have that support from more senior chefs, so time to give something back. I currently give some work experience to a local college student who approached us directly and going forward we’d love to nurture the future of Brighton’s food scene!

Any last thoughts on this exciting chapter in Cin Cin’s life?

We are just itching to get going! It’s been a tough couple of months to design and build the new site plus run Vine Street and build out the team etc., so we just want to get back to what we do best – giving Brighton the Italian food it deserves.

To experience the delectable delights of Jamie’s cooking book your place at our Western Road restaurant by emailing info@cincin.co.uk.

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We’re coming to Hove

It’s an exciting time for us at Cin Cin as we prepare to open our second restaurant at 60 Western Road, Hove, in January 2018.

We launched our first Italian Bar and Kitchen in Vine Street in November, 2016, finally bringing Brighton the Italian dining experience it deserved, serving a menu of handmade pasta dishes, authentic antipasti, alongside a daily changing, seasonal specials board. It’s been a fantastic year, with Brighton taking Cin Cin’s unique dining experience to their hearts and we are now looking to spread our wings and raise the bar next year by bringing Cin Cin to Hove!

The new restaurant will have the same flavour, style and tone as Vine Street, but it will be a larger space with private dining as an added feature, as well as a charcoal robata style grill which will mean we can put our Italian spin on great meat, fish and vegetable produce.

David Toscano, our founder, recently talked to our friends at Pleece & Co about the new venture and you can read more here.

Stay tuned on our website and social channels and sign up to our newsletter to get the breaking news about when we will be officially open!

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Celebrate Christmas at Cin Cin

Why not enjoy the Italian way of eating this winter with our special Christmas Menu now on offer at Vine Street.

We’ve handpicked some fantastic Italian winter warmers, including our Cappellacci of wild mushroom, Crown Prince squash & chestnuts and the Game cannelloni, parsnip and cabbage, and don’t leave without trying our white chocolate mousse with cherry granita and hazelnuts.

Cappellacci of wild mushroom, Crown Prince squash & chestnuts

Cappellacci of wild mushroom, Crown Prince squash & chestnuts

Game cannelloni, parsnip and cabbage

Game cannelloni, parsnip and cabbage

White chocolate mousse with cherry granita and hazelnuts

White chocolate mousse with cherry granita and hazelnuts

Take a look at the full menu here and call us on 01273 698 813 to book.

If you want to get together with friends or work colleagues, we have a set menu available for groups of five or more. It’s four courses for £35 or you can add a Christmas Bellini, Burrata & Limoncello for £10. Call us to find out more or email to book at info@cincin.co.uk. Buon Natale!

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Shine for ShelterBox evening

We recently teamed up with 64 Degrees to host a charity dinner at Murmur as part of the ‘Shine for ShelterBox’ event series. With all the profits going to ShelterBox and additional donations from our generous customers we managed to raise a fantastic £1,925!

ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that provides shelter to families affected by disaster worldwide. The ‘Shine for ShelterBox’ events are being promoted by Polygon Pop-Up with a number of Brighton’s top restaurants holding charity dinner evenings across the city.

Our head chef Jamie teamed up with 64 Degrees’ sous chef Sammy Smith to put together a collaborative four course menu which was served with an aperitif. The courses included wild mushroom and squash cappellacci, crab with fennel and apple and suckling pig ‘Porchetta’ spelt risotto. An optional wine or beer flight that matched each dish was also available.

Our founder, David Toscano said: “I am extremely proud of the event we put on for Shine for ShelterBox at Murmur last week. The collaboration menu from our chef Jamie Halsall and Sammy Smith from 64 Degrees was absolutely banging with flavour, something our guests truly appreciated on the night along with the perfectly paired wine flight chosen by Frankie at 64.

“And big thanks to the team from 64 Degrees and Murmur for their help in putting the night together. ShelterBox is such a great cause, providing essential services to people worst affected by natural disasters so it’s nice to be able to help them along with their fantastic work.”

ShelterBox’s Community & Events Manager, Lucy Holden, said: “Congratulations to Cin Cin for entering into the spirit of Shine for ShelterBox and raising such an impressive amount. Isn’t it great that such joyous and sociable events can be used to support families worldwide in their darkest hours? Light is radiant, and so is compassion and generosity. You’ve shown them all, so well done to everyone who took part.”

ShelterBox is currently active in Bangladesh helping in the Rohingya camps, in the Caribbean after the massive hurricanes Irma and Maria, across Africa in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Cameroon helping people on the run from conflict, in the long-term war zones in Iraq and Syria, and in Somaliland where drought and disease have taken hold. Their solar lights are becoming essential aid items as disaster and war plunge parts of the world into darkness.

To support the Shine for ShelterBox campaign visit https://www.shelterbox.org/shine.

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A Cin Cin Charity dinner with 64 Degrees

Cin Cin & 64 Degrees are proud to be teaming up to create a one-off charity dining experience at Murmur, on Sunday 19th November!

We’re holding the event in support of the Shine for Shelterbox charity campaign. It’s a great organisation, dedicated to providing solar lights and relief aid to areas hit by natural disasters. All the profits from the evening will go directly to Shelterbox.

Sammy cutting at Cin Cin brighton restaurantCin Cin’s Head Chef Jamie Halsall and 64 Degrees’ Sous Chef Sammy Smith are coming together to create an exclusive menu for the night.  With only 30 seats available, this is a night not to be missed! So be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

It’s a mix up of the best of Brighton cuisine with all the flavour and execution you have come to expect from these much-loved Brighton restaurants.
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All guests will enjoy an aperitif on arrival plus four courses for £50, as well as an optional wine or beer flight to match your dishes for an additional £25. With all profits going to Shine for ShelterBox!

So come on down and enjoy the opportunity to partake in some delicious, exclusive cuisine, all while helping a good cause.

We’ll be releasing the full menu details soon.

Email us now at info@cincin.co.uk to grab the last tickets!

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We’re one!

Next week is officially our 1st birthday! On 1st November 2016 we opened our restaurant doors on Vine Street with the aim of giving Brighton the Italian food it deserved. It’s been quite a year, and although we’ve learnt a lot along the way, we think we’ve accomplished our goal.

In 12 months we’ve:

  • Served almost 12,000 customers
  • Been featured in the Good Food Guide 2018
  • Collaborated with Sammy Smith from 64 degrees and Regal Rogue
  • Been featured in Olive Magazine, The Guardian, Great British Chefs, BBC Good Food, About Time Magazine, Brighton’s Best Cookbook, Female First, Brighton & Hove Independent, BN1 magazine, B Journal and Brighton Source
  • Amazing bloggers like The Graphic Foodie, Rosie Posie’s Puddings & Pies, Foodie Eshe, What Laura Did Next, The Anna Edit, Food Booze and Reviews, Brighton Girl Mag, Golly Miss Holly, Tee Bee Blog and Jess and Josh Cook have written about us
  • Voted 6th Best Restaurant in Brighton, Best Welcome and Best Newcomer in the Brighton’s Best Awards
  • Taken part in OctoberBEST, The Set’s birthday celebrations and Polygon pop-up
  • Raised over £1,000 for The Clock Tower Sanctuary
  • Recruited a new chef – Luke Hawkins (ex head chef at The Globe in Borough Market)
  • Served more than 100 different dishes

To celebrate we’re giving away 50 Cin Cin goodie bags to the first 50 customers through the door on Wednesday 1st November! Open until we sell out, the bag is packed with Cin Cin treats. Call 01273 698813 to book.

Thanks to everyone who has supported us over these past 12 months – here’s to the next 12, and many more.

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We made it into The Good Food Guide 2018!

The past 10 months have been a whirlwind for us; from being named 6th Best Restaurant in Brighton to serving our 10,000th customer – all before hitting our one-year anniversary in November (keep an eye out for our birthday plans!).

To top all of that, earlier this month we found out that we have been featured in The Good Food Guide 2018, amongst some of the most talented and prestigious restaurants in the country – restaurants we’ve admired for years, and kitchens that our head chef Jamie has worked in.

Thanks to everyone who has supported Cin Cin over the years, we couldn’t do what we love without those who have joined us along the way, from our first lunch box served at Street Diner to yesterday’s lunch service. You can pick up copies of the Good Food Guide in Waitrose, and in the back you’ll find a selection of vouchers – including £5 off at Cin Cin.

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WIN a handmade pasta for your best Cin Cin photo!

We’ve loved looking through all your photos since we opened in November 2016! Between our Vine Street restaurant getting a little spruce up last week, and David and Jamie getting back in the van for a wedding over the weekend, we’ve been catching up with your photos across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and sharing a few of our favourites. If we missed yours – make sure we’re tagged at @CinCinUK, or you’ve checked-in and used the hashtag #CinCinUK.

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To thank everyone who has shared a photo of their favourite meal at Cin Cin, we’re giving away a FREE bowl of handmade pasta to the best photographer. If you’ve already shared your photo and tagged us in it, don’t worry – yours has been counted! If you’re not sure, tag us, tweet us or share it on our Facebook page again. This competition is open throughout September, so there’s plenty of time for you to enter!

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At the start of October, we’ll pick our favourite photographer and they’ll get to enjoy a free bowl of pasta from our October menu. Good luck!

Find us on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CinCinUK

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CinCinUK/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cincinuk/

By entering your photo, you agree for us to share it on our social media channels.

 

David Toscano, Jamie Halsall and Fabrizio Manconi

We’re closed next week for a spruce-up!

Cin Cin will be closed from 22-26th August for a little spruce-up, and we’ll be back on Tuesday 29th August with a new menu, and a new Ten Pound Tuesday deal. It will be worth the wait, we promise!

In the meantime, we’ve got some news to share: this week we found out that we’ve been listed in The Good Food Guide 2018, alongside some of the best restaurants in the country, and some true Brighton institutions. Huge thanks to our team, and the support of our amazing customers!

We’re open as usual Saturday 19th August and can take phone bookings for the 29th onwards – call us on 01273 698 813.