Actually you pronounce the restaurant Chin Chin so it should be a Chinfully good experience but you get the point!
This used to be called Calabaza and had a great rep then for fantastic food and surroundings. I think it's changed hands in the last couple of years but the standards are just as high. The decor is totally different. These are definitely two different looking restaurants. Calabaza was pretty dark with rough faux coral walls. Cin Cin has clean, light and airy almost Mediterranean lines in the bar area.
From the moment you arrive you are made to feel welcome with the offer of a drink. And, although we booked a table for a specific time there was no pressure to get us there in a hurry. It was a Monday night and although not all the tables were booked it was pretty busy for out of season. Our table was towards the end of the row overlooking the ocean but not too dark. They did wind back the canopy but that was short lived due to a sudden rain shower!
Our waiter Christian was excellent. Explained all the special options, soup etc.
I had shrimp with pasta to start and my wife had fish cakes. Both were excellent in presentation and taste. Don't know if super chef Larry Rogers was on that night but if not then he has a brilliant deputy. (Old timers will remember Larry used to own the excellent Olives in Holetown.)
We both had rib eye steaks to follow, cooked to perfection just this side of rare.
So, food terrific. Atmosphere fab. Surroundings great. Service first class. Pretty expensive, but worth it.
Cin Cin would always be on my list of places to go while on Barbados, just as Calabaza used to be.
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