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“Sinfully good experience at Cin Cin”
Review of Cin Cin by the Sea

Cin Cin by the Sea
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Prospect
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $80
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: cin cin [chin-chin] 1. a cheers or toast to good health. 2. a refreshingly contemporary, elegant new restaurant that offers 'alfresco dining' with sweeping views of the west coast of Barbados. A trendy new hot spot that features an air-conditioned lounge bar with an expansive glass wall allowing uninterrupted views across the water, serving quintessentially Mediterranean-style cuisine with a Caribbean twist.
Reviewed October 3, 2013

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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Reviewed September 30, 2013

Cin Cin is a breath of fresh air in Barbados. It is certainly one of the top three restaurants on the island. It is fun and creative. The bar's decor is modern and funky. Although, bar service tends to be a little slow. There is indoor dining and outdoor dining overlooking the sea. The service is good and the food is very good. On our last visit my daughter ordered a salad, a crawfish salad, their daily special. She said it was amazing. I had the jerk pork gnocchi, my go to appetizer and it was very good. My daughter's entree was fish, she said it was perfectly cooked, very moist and flavourful. My husband, son in law and I had the short ribs....very delicious as always. The portions are small so an appetizer is a good start. The wine list, although not huge, is good. Don't worry about rain as there is a retractable awning. This is a restaurant to dress up for and to be seen at. Amazing food in a beautiful setting, always one of our favorites.

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Reviewed September 30, 2013

We ate here during a recent trip to Barbados in late September. Getting a reservation was no issue, be sure to check the dress code, it's not restrictive but they do expect you to wear something half decent.
Our waiter William was extremely helpful and very knowledgeable about the menu and the restaurant itself. The food was immaculately presented and the portions very generous. We started with cocktails which were thoughtfully suggested and very good. For dinner I had the tiger shrimps (enormous) and local fish of the day red snapper and my other half had moules and steak frites. We have no complaints about the food at all, it was all great. The chips here are outstanding. If you are a child of the 70s like me you will recall how your mom used to make them at home - they taste just like those. They arrive in a little frying basket complete with newspaper and they are uterly delicous! Sadly we were too full to attempt pudding. We had a bottle of Borollo which we couldn't finish and they kindly packed it up for us to take away.
The only niggle is that whilst we had a rail side seat, we were close to the end of the rail near to the kitchens entrance which was quite noisy at times. It was also very dark in our little corner and despite numerous candle lamps it remained very dim. William actually bought us a little torch to see the menu by. In hindsight we should have asked to be moved to another table with better visibility but the food and service was great nonetheless.

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Thank Lizzymcbusy
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

This is a must for any foodies visiting Barbados - the food was so tasty and very fresh. Whilst it is a bit pricey it is not at the same price point as some of the better known places (which in my opinion do not come close to Cin Cin in terms of the modern, clean fresh feel both in terms of food and deco).

It is based right on the beach and it has a high end South Beach feel to it. All of the seafood was great but I particularly recommend the scallops.

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Thank CarolynAlisa
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

End of September is low season in Barbados, so we were both surprised and impressed with how many fellow diners were at Cin Cin for a 7.00 pm meal. Low season also meant we had a coveted rail side table, with lovely view s out across the ocean and a gentle breeze. Our waiter Christian was excellent - knowledgeable, efficient and with a nice sense of humour. The menu is extensive and, by top end Barbados standards, is extremely good value. We could not fault the food (and we can be picky!) and thoroughly enjoyed our Cin Cin experience. Special mention too to the musicians.

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Thank KarenEastSussex
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