Sipping on a Spritz after work, is a great way to return, if briefly, to your last Italian holiday. That you may be in the company of Amalfi Coast wall photos, is both soothing and a little bit sad.
Either way, CinCin, BKC’s new Italian restaurant has done its job of evoking the last time you were so happy – eating cicchetti at a Venetian bacari bar, drinking a Spritz in Cinque Terre and making friends over aperitivo in Milan.
From the Hakkasan, Yauatcha and NaraThai stable, this is Ka Hospitality’s first homegrown restaurant. You step first into an outdoor section where a bar folds out of white arched windows, and pastel coloured letters spell out a word that celebrates your drink – C-I-N-C-I-N.
Mama & Pappardelle
Reasonably priced bar snacks and a 5 pm shutters-up time with aperitivo hour, means this could be BKC’s sexy new after-work playground. Their Negronis – they make them with tequila too, and call them Tegronis - are big hearted and pair beautifully with the crispy crumbled Brie in front of us, made earthy with a sprinkling of truffle oil and honey.
Inside the restaurant, photos of the Amalfi coast bob against white walls; the sea and large mirrors allowing you to reflect on the year gone by. The servers know their way around the menu, and can help when it comes to explaining the different pastas that are available (all hand rolled) — chitarra, strozzapreti can be found alongside familiar names like pappardelle and lasagne.
Take your time deciding, surely while sipping on the To-my-tina, a cocktail made up of gin, Aperol and San Marzano mix. The tomato base gives body to this refreshing cocktail, a sure hit at lunch and brunch.
Start with the smaller-than-small, small plate of Pollo Tonnado, warm oven baked chicken with velvety tuna mousse; and an incredibly fresh burrata salad, in which the cheese practically collapses into the vegetables - tomatoes, arugula, capers, beetroot - its creaminess offset by a light balsamic reduction.
After, we decide to try the basics – one half-and-half pizza and one pasta. Around us, pillowy crusted pies are being delivered straight from a wood fired oven, which makes this an obvious choice. While the meaty portion of our pie could do with more of the spicy ‘Nduja sausage; the crunchy garlic, Portobello mushroom and porcini cream on our vegetarian half adds depth to a pie that is one of our favourites in the city. Our pasta too is beautiful—al dente, not over sauced, and thankfully not over spiced either. Built with eggplant and just a hint of smoked scarmoza, the tomato-based sauce at no point threatens to overpower.
And finalmente, we move back to the al fresco bar for a panna cotta (jiggly, a little too sweet, but with enough textures to have us engaged) and the tiramisu. You will be pleased to know that CinCin doesn’t substitute the mascarpone with whipped cream, though there’s a layer of ice cream added to the mix, which we could do without.
Even after dessert we linger, ordering an espresso each, a fragrant way to prolong this brief Italian holiday in Bombay.
Getting there: Raheja Towers, near Yauatcha restaurant, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (E), call 69956666. A meal for two with a round of drinks costs approximately Rs 5,500.
Accessibility: Ground floor access with a small flight of stairs.
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This review was conducted by Aatish Nath, a freelance food and travel writer.
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