Cigala

The last time I had Spanish food was last summer at the Street Fest on St. Laurent and so it had been a while! I was craving for some tapas and paella while I was in London and so my friends brought me to Cigala. We arrived at the restaurant at around 1 on a Saturday afternoon and it wasn’t too busy.  The decor is simple yet classy, mainly with white walls and pale woods, which creates a very relaxing ambiance. The highlight of Cigala’s menu is that their weekend lunch menu is only £16 during weekends. A lunch set includes 2 tapas, 1 main course and 1 dessert. We ordered 6 tapas and a huge paella to share, followed by 3 different desserts.
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Chiperones fritos deep fried baby squid with lemon
The baby squid is so fresh that there are traces of squid ink left behind. I love the crunchiness and it’s not over salted. Definitely a good start for the meal.

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Pastel de bacalao salt cod fritters and alioli
That garlic butter reminds me of the ones from Boustan…. Nommmm

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Jamon Serrano cured mountain ham

This mountain ham is rich with a soft, fatty edge. It goes well with the bread and olive that we order as a side dish.

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Albondigas de cordero  lamb meatballs with tomato sauce
This is definitely the highlight of the meal. It’s nice to have an alternative other than beef meatballs.
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Tortilla Española
Spanish omelette (made with organic eggs), potatoes and onions

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Chorizo a la brasa con migas  grilled homed made chorizo with fried bread, peppers and cumin

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Paella de marisco rice with monkfish, mussels and prawns
The seafood is quite fresh, but overall the paella is a bit disappointing as I find the rice not tasting rich enough.

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Helado casero homemade ice cream (nougat flavor)
Nougat is a pretty rare flavor of ice cream and Cigala does an excellent job with its homemade ice cream. The crunchiness of the nougat adds a very nice texture and I find myself wanting more after finishing the little scoop.

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Membrillo al vino  poached quince in red wine and cinnamon with cream
Definitely a must have. The pear is very soft after being soaked in red wine. Take a bite with the cream and let them dance smoothly on your tongue.
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Tarta al whisky
 frozen whisky layer cake
Personally, I don’t really like whisky. But if you happen to be a fan, this cake will satisfy you whisky + dessert craving all at once.

Cigala
54 Lamb’s Conduit Street
London WC1N 3LW
Tel: 0207 405 1717
Cigala on Urbanspoon

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