After giving Cilicia a 4* review I'm disappointed to have to change my rating. I visited today with a friend and although I still appreciate the gorgeous decor and it was a cool respite from the hot day we had a few slip-ups that really did spoil our meal.
My friend asked the waitress if the tatziki came with bread to which she simply responded 'I don't know'. It turns out it did not and she was not offered any or told this at any point. Second, my boyfriend ordered the Noah's Ark breakfast and was hugely disappointed. The portion was tiny, ridiculously so, and the food substandard. Finally, I ordered the lamb pitta which has always been delicious. She asked me to repeat my order twice yet still got it wrong and brought me falafel. I had to send it back and when I did finally get my meal (after the other two had finished theirs) the lamb was extremely fatty.
All in all a disappointing meal, I don't think we'll be back in a while.
Whatever they're trying to achieve here, it's all Greek to me. I just don't get Cilicia. It wants to be a laid back informal Greek taverna on the Aegean Sea. It isn't.
For an informal mediterranean meal head just a few doors down to Pamphylia. A local Tapas bar, also offering full meals, breakfasts and lunchtime offers. For an evening on the Ionian head to The Bazouka on The Hill.
To be fair I have only sampled their breakfasts and lunches, not evening meal, but nothing they have offered me has made me want to go there in the evening. In the morning I was presented with a half decent fry up for £5 and certainly it looked healthier than something from a greasy spoon, but the restaurant had the atmosphere of a department store cafe.
At lunch I sat outside and certainly enjoyed the opportunity to do so. Sitting i the sun, I ordered a large greek salad. It was plentiful, but tasted no better than something I could have knocked up myself. You know the difference between restaurant salad and your own salad, well thats what I am on about.
This isn't an awful restaurant. I feel bad giving it 2 stars, but I want to make sure you understand, it simply isn't up to scratch with the other restaurants in Muswell Hill. They need to raise their game.
Great Turkish (and general eastern medeterainian) food at very reasonable prices. This place is rammed on a Saturday lunchtime, and deservedly so.
You wont end up spending much more than a tenner on lunch and a drink.
Although service isn't incredible, i've never found the staff here rude.
In the universal triangle of - Good Food / Good Value / Good Service - you only get to pick two!
I want to love this place, but if there's one thing I can't stand, it's bad service.
They are SOOOOOOOOOOOO SLOW to a) acknowledge your presence, b) take your order c) bring you the bill. Goddamnit, it's so frustrating, especially when the place is not that busy.
I have been here a few times now, and whilst it is cute and decorated nicely, the food is pretty average and has a weird selection of options.
The last time I was here I had the Cicilian Breakfast (after waiting for 15 mins, by which time the restaurant was less busy, and then I finally gave up and asked them to bring me a menu.....then waited another 10 mins, before grabbing their attention and asking if I could order) it was a weird breakfast that consisted of: halloumi cheese, garlic sausage, egg, mushrooms, olives, cold tomato, cucumber and flatbread. These things weren't mixed together, all spread out separately. Weird combination, but it somehow works. Too bad it was super greasy (do they not realise that you can dry-fry halloumi? Does my ass look like it needs OIL FRIED CHEESE??) and that half of the plate was taken up with greasy mushrooms. The bread is good, and on a different occassion I enjoyed the Tri Color sarnie.
Anyway I digress. I had to ask for the bill twice after waiting for ages and toying with the idea of hot-footing it out the door without paying.
This place would be a lot better if they had fewer items on the menu, but paid attention on making a few amazing, specialised meals. Also, work on customer service.
I will be back....but I will still get huffy when you keep me waiting.
I'm an east London girl, but yesterday I travelled back to North London to visit my mum who is newly situated in Crouch End. She suggested dinner, I said great, she suggested Cilicia, it was delicious.
The restaurant is a small, but very pretty and intimate little residence based in Muswell Hill Broadway. The owner is a warm Turkish man who cleared a space for us by the window so we could watch the passers by while we ate.
To start we shared a mezze of halloumi, falafel, kofte and some other bits and pieces I forget the name of. Every single item was delicious. Having spent 6 months living in Turkey I am normally somewhat of a food snob when it comes to middle eastern dishes, however, I was utterly impressed. For mains I ordered grilled aubergine stuffed with pine kernals and vegetables, again delicious. My mum ordered the salmon which she was equally as pleased with.
The menu is varied but unpretentious. The dishes are of a generous portion but not overwhelming. The staff are efficient, friendly and sincere. After sharing some baklava and mint tea to finish off, we left a 30% tip to show our gratitude. It was a lovely evening in a lovely restaurant. You must go.
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