A special evening cooking in the kitchen of Cigala, the favourite restaurant in Bloomsbury for celebrities and foodies alike.
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While filming for TV, I was invited to review Cigala, a Spanish restaurant in the heart of London, and a firm favourite for not only locals, but celebrities too.
Arriving by taxi, to a warm greeting by Cigala staff, I immediately recognised my friends and felt at home. With a no-nonsense approach to decor the main focus of this popular venue is the food and service. Split over two levels with a function room downstairs, and open-plan restaurant and kitchen upstairs, Cigala commands a dominant corner position on Lambs Conduit Street.
Sitting down for what was to be an exciting evening, I was asked to take part in some filming in the kitchen, the beating heart of the restaurant. With flames from the hot pan and the chef whirling around me, with excited diners in high spirits this truly was an atmospheric place to be!
‘As somewhat of a novice in the kitchen, my top tip – don’t be afraid of throwing ingredients in the source-pan and just get stuck in!’
So with the kitchen antics over, it was time to sample the food and wine which Cigala is renowned for and why so many keep coming back for more.
First we were treated to the famous Cigala bread and genuine Spanish Olives. The bread was so soft! Then the Prawns I cooked in the kitchen!
The wine was a triumph, it’s not often I go to a restaurant and find a wine that I love straight away!
James’s top tip – go for either the Serras del Priorat Cabinet or the Marge, Garnacha Merlot.
With so much to choose from I went for a fish dish, Lenguado a la Plancha – grilled Dover Sole, more wine and more conversation! All rounded off by spectacular deserts which simply melted in the mouth!
So check out Cigala’s website and like them on Facebook and of course book your table for a superb evening out in glamorous central London – and you never know you may bump into me!
Monday – Friday: 12:00pm until 10:45pm
Saturday: 12:30pm until 10:45pm
Sunday: 12:30pm until 9:45pm
54 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3LW, London
0207 405 1717
James Phillips #MrJWP