I like Cigala, it has a great atmosphere and some really excellent food. We've been twice now, and stuck to tapas on both occasions and had a great time. The only issue is the wine list, which was disappointing - we had a number of glasses of wine by the glass and none were that good (all were modern "fruit-forward" wines, which are the tarts of the wine world!). The other minor issue is the downstairs room - if you book a table, request one upstairs because downstairs is dark and smells damp!
Well worth a visit for some good spanish food, and at relatively reasonable prices too.
My wife and I visited Cigla, on Lambs Conduit Street and was a great choice on a snowy February night! Staff were very welcoming and friendly and good service. Choice of Spanish tapas wide and varied, our choice of fresh anchovy salad with artichokes and pepper salsa and Iberian blackpudding with fried egg and "hot" sauce were both delicious. Main course of seafood paella was equally tasty. A shared desert of prunes, chewy meringue with cream finished us off! Very good wine choice of wine from all regions of Spain
Definately worth a visit
I'm surprised at the three star review - I really like this place. Very friendly staff who accomodated us at the last minute and were helpful with menu choices.
It is a little pricier than some other tapas places - that giant one at Kings Cross for one - but the food is really worth it. Everything tasted really fresh and was delicious. Especially the black pudding. They have four kinds of olives, and the cheese plate is generous. Even the house wine - available in carafes which I love - is decent.
A good find, I'll definitely be back and would like to visit the little bar downstairs.
We ate here during a vacation. Food was pretty good but the meal was ruined by the most insolent waiter I've ever had. She was downright rude to us for no reason at all. Another diner (not with us) complained about her to the manager when we were leaving. The strange part was that she was all happy and smiling with other customers, but with us she acted as if we'd done something to offend her.
Anyway, I'd really avoid this place unless you get a really good feel from your waiter right when you sit down. It's no fun to have your dinner ruined by a bad waiter.
A sweet Tapas place on a quiet street with a great Spanish wine menu. Dishes are more wholesome than the "tapas" tag name. Service is great - really friendly and accommodating. During weekday lunches the crowd is a work crowd but it was more fun on a Saturday night. There is a tapas wine bar downstairs for starters or nibbles and drinks only. The restaurant is on the ground floor and has a fuller menu. We discovered some great Spanish wine that has been hard to find elsewhere in London, so worth it for great wine!
Just the most excellent Spanish food in the area. Great for tapas or a meal and an amazing wine list. Nice one!
Not cheap but easily 5 stars, therefore popular with an older / professional crowd. Fresh ingredients, great service & decent wine list. Also very helpful with food intolerances, and most dishes are cooked in oil. My favourites are the gambas, salt cod fritters & the pan fried chicken livers, although everything is good.
I have been to this place many times. It is on a lovely pedestrian street corner, and the atmosphere could range from quiet to very noisy, tightly packed with doctors and consultants vividly discussing their stuff. At times, the food was unbelievably good. I remember grilled squid (starter), paella, lamb, sea bass, of various makings and flavours. At times, it was a bit over the top: too much fried garlic, too hot a souce, too reach a granish. Their own bread could be fantastic or, at times, a bit flat. The staff sound pretty unfriendly at times, but this is just as in Madrid; in the end the are quite helpful. I will come back because this is a proper restaurant, with some unexpected taste combinations, never dull or plain. It is not cheap, unfortunately, but service is always included.
Great service and great food. Hearty stuff.
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