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.
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.

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

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.

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.
Tortilla Española
Spanish omelette (made with organic eggs), potatoes and onions

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

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.

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.

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.
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.

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


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