Flack: (Saving) on expenses - Cigala, London WC1

Reviewer: Oliver Pink, social media strategist, Onlinefire

What is it good for?

Cigala is a bright and bustling bar and restaurant in the heart of Bloomsbury, perfect for a chic but informal client lunch. Whether you choose something from the beautifully thought out set menu or tapas for a more laid back affair, Cigala has defined the ever-elusive smart casual atmosphere.

Signature dish

The Venado a la brasa: grilled red venison with celeriac mash and pomegranate sauce.

Who's the boss?

Jake Hodges, owner and chef, who opened Cigala in order to bring his love of Spanish cooking to London.

Tips please

The alfresco seating is in high demand, especially at lunchtimes when Lambs Conduit Street is in full suntrap swing: ask for an outdoor table on reservation.

What's the damage?

With prices ranging from £10 to £20 for a main course, Cigala's price tag is something of a hybrid: menus are tailored to either saving or splashing on expenses.

Cigala, Lambs Conduit Street, London, WC1, 020 7405 1717.

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