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Cigala

Bloomsbury · Spanish · ££££
Excellent
5.2/6
309 Reviews

About Cigala

Cigala is a small neighbourhood Spanish restaurant found at 54 Lamb's Conduit Street in London’s Bloomsbury area. At such a location, Cigala is frequented by legal and publishing professionals. Celebrities are (not) spotted there having incognito drinks and tapas. Virginia Woolf and E. M. Forster would go there if they weren’t otherwise occupied. But why? Cigala isn’t flashy. And that’s it – Cigala discreetly offers some of the most authentic Spanish food around, made using the best ingredients, often imported directly from Spain. Then there’s the wine.

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Address

Cigala
54 Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury
London WC1N 3LW

Opening Times

Open now - Closes at 10:45 pm
Saturday
12:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Sunday
12:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:45 pm

Chef's Choice

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Starters

Acietunas gordal

large green olives
£3.30

Codorniz a la brasa

grilled marinated quail with tomato and red onion salad
£8.50

Embutidos variados

board of mixed cured meats
£11.00
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Mains

Arroz negra

black rice with squid
£11.20

Paella de pollo

rice with chicken and chorizo
£14.50

Buey a la brasa

grilled aged rib eye steak with chips and churrasco sauce
£19.70
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Further Information

Cigala’s owner is also Cigala’s chef. Jake Hodges, formerly of Moro in Clerkenwell, has created a haven for lovers of authentic Spanish food and wine that is modest in manner. An unostentatious oasis in the heart of busy Bloomsbury, Cigala is a haven for the media types (and, yes, celebrities) who frequent the area. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that Cigala is exclusively for London’s elite. Far from it, Cigala’s affordable prices means that at 54 Lamb's Conduit Street, infamous tapas, paella and more are well within reach.

The incredibly well-researched, informative wine list is a strong contender for being the most extensive Spanish selection around Bloomsbury or indeed in London. At Cigala’a 54 Lamb's Conduit Street premises, lesser-known Spanish whites are lined up against the reds you’d expect – plus a handful you wouldn’t – and the list runs through to cava, sherries, rosado, brandies and liqueurs. Deserving of our thanks, Cigala has also efficiently whiled away the years developing an in-house list of Spanish cocktails, should the wine selection prove just too intimidating.

309 Cigala Reviews

"Excellent"6/6
Kasia F.13 days ago · 1 review

Went as a large group. Great service, atmosphere and food is delicious. I have been here many times over the last 10 years. Fantastic restaurant.

"Excellent"6/6
Denise K.a month ago · 1 review

Full marks for the wonderful food - ranging from the simple and fresh spinach and raisin tapas, through to fantastic seafood. Wonderful selection of wines by the glass as well.

"Excellent"6/6
Elaine E.a month ago · 1 review

What a treat to have a restaurant that doesn't play music. We had a lovely and quiet dinner with excellent service. We will definitely go again.

"Excellent"6/6
imgSteve L.2 months ago · 63 reviews

What a friendly location great service and outstanding food served thank you

"Excellent"6/6
Mark C.2 years ago · 1 review

Cigala is a lovely space, set in a great location, serving excellent food. Service is relaxed, friendly and efficient and the menu offers a wide range of tapas and a great selection of main courses. There's a fabulous wine bar opposite for an aperitif and a superb pub with a range of ales a little way down the street. That said, Cigala's drinks menu is great as well, with some nice wines and a good selection of sherries to complement their Spanish dishes. The pan con tomate is consistently and mouthwateringly good and the coliflor frita (served with aioli) is a stand-out dish.

"Good"4/6
Donald H.a year ago · 1 review

The food at Cigala is excellent. Good ingredients, well cooked, elegantly and simply presented. The tapas are great, they also have a set menu lunch and dinner and a la carte. I had the grilled calamare a la plancha with mojo verde - nicely caramelised and beautifully presented, Bacalao fritters with aioli, Ensalata primavera and Chicken livers sauteed in Pedro Ximenez sherry - sweet, rich and unctuous. Pudding - a very rich dark chocolate and almond cake/tart thing was delicious. Good house red. Bread and olive oil was very nice but a £3 extra. Cost and service let the occasion down a bit. Over £50 for tapas seems a bit much to me and then they add on "discretionary service" daring you to take it off. I may have been unlucky with the lad who was looking after me - he seemed new and nervous. Aside from dropping things, he seemed to forget a lot of things - his bill pad twice, to take the order , to get the water, to bring a bill. Either service is a fixed cost in which case it is non discretionary - fine, lets just be clear about that. Or it is genuinely discretionary for good service - in which case don't presume to put it on the bill.

"Great"5/6
Dana L.2 years ago · 1 review

What initially seemed like a quiet little understated venue turned out to be an excellent Spanish restaurant with a cool buzzy feel. Steeped in an overall authenticity to the cuisine and the surroundings, it was my first visit to Cigala but not my companions who were very happy to return when I told them of my booking it. We shared a number of tapas plates with Sherry and Red Wine accompaniments. After devouring everything we moved on to a heavenly mixed platter of deserts. I am sure I'm late to discovering Cigala on one of London's coolest streets - Lamb Conduit, but I'm glad I've found it now.

"Excellent"6/6
Luke D.a year ago · 1 review

This was our second visit to Cigala, and even more pleasant than the first! We came with a friend who was born and grew up in Malaga, Spain, and who enjoyed the food. The four of us were very happy with our shared tapas, with the excellent and friendly service, and with the relaxed atmosphere. We wish we could return one more time before flying back to the US, and we will be looking forward to returning to London--and especially to Cigala! Thanks!

"Excellent"6/6
Catherine F.5 months ago · 1 review

Cigala is always lovely--the food is sophisticated, not your basic Spanish fare, but rather carefully balanced flavours and nice little twists. The service is friendly, they know their wines (and the selection is nice and well priced) and the spot is one if my favourites: a charming, quiet corner on lamb's conduit and a huge wrap-around window that allows the light in and your gaze out on to the street. And if the weather is nice, there are tables outside! It's a perfect little spot, with wonderful food.

"Okay"3/6
William H.3 years ago · 1 review

We ate at 8 PM on a Saturday, so were not expecting peace and quiet. But it was very raucaus, to the point where the meal was spoilt. The restaurant badly needs to soften the interior walls and ceiling, both of which are hard surfaces. Nothing to be done about the glass walls, of course. So be warned this is not a relaxed venue. The two servers were polite and only got one dish wrong, tho to be fair another server was badly needed, either that or a table clearer, which job the servers were also doing. The food was mixed in quality - with the salads being tasty and creative. Excellent Spanish wine list. Give Cigala a try if you like for lunch during the week, but definitely avoid crowded times. It would also help if certain patrons could be mindful of their own contribution to the noise level; one table of well-dressed 20 somethings were hooting like they were in a pub on a Friday after work.

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