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|Address:||54 Lamb's Conduit Street, London WC1N 3LW|
|Tel:||020 3589 2134|
|Price: £42.00||Wine: £19.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-10.45pm (Sat-Sun 12.30pm- )|
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I sat down for lunch here and was handed a bit of paper with a list of every tapas dish ever created. Closer inspection revealed that this was in fact the menu; I counted over 40 dishes. Normally this is a reliable indication that nothing will be executed well and many things will have been in the fridge for far too long, but Cigala defied expectations. Deep fried things were crispy, garlicky things had a punch and fresh things weren't tired. It was a good lunch.
Service was pleasant but if there had been any more customers in the place they would have been in trouble; it was perhaps a third full and we still had to do a little waving to get attention. Plates weren't refreshed between courses and I had to ask to be served another drink; it was one of those occasions where I missed being up-sold. Nothing to warrant a complaint, but not top-notch.
Decor is nice and neutral with white paper tablecloths, big wine glasses and solid cutlery; something I sometimes yearn for in these days of reclaimed crockery, cloudy tumblers and mismatched knives and forks.