• Home  > 
  • Restaurants  > 
  • 5 Minutes With Elizabeth Lind, Owner La Cigale
5 Minutes With Elizabeth Lind, Owner La Cigale
5 Minutes With Elizabeth Lind, Owner La Cigale
Fifteen years ago, you write a one-page business plan for La Cigale, and now it's a hugely popular and bustling business. Is it what you hoped it would be?

Elizabeth Lind

We had a picture of what we wanted La Cigale to be, but in terms of how big it would become, I had no idea! We've always had plans and ideas and it's grown over the years. We can't really expand anymore because of where we are, so we're looking for new ideas and inspiration.
image

La Cigale Bistro

Talking of inspiration, it was your many trips to Paris that kicked off the journey to La Cigale. What parts really hit home for you and gave you the idea?

Elizabeth Lind

When we first turned up in Paris in 1980, we walked up from the bus terminal to the Arc de Triomphe and absolutely fell in love! We walked and walked and walked around the city, and that's where I saw the little neighbourhoods where people are actually living and breathing the food with markets out on the street which are wonderful.
How did the book come about?

Elizabeth Lind

We originally started out by posting newsletters to customers, because we wanted to share tidbits from France and let customers get to know us. After several years, customers started saying "you should do a book". So in about 2009 we were going to France at the same time as my cousin and his wife. She's a photographer so we started to take some photos without any real plan of what the book would be like. The writing took about three months earlier this year.
Related Links

Most Read Today

image
01 Auckland's Best Free Kids Activities

We check out the best five free kids activities in...

image
02 Auckland's Best Malls

Check out our picks of the top five malls in Auckl...

image
03 Auckland's Best Donuts

After slogging the hard yards trying a selection o...

image
04 Auckland's Best Playgrounds

The kids have spoken and we are pleased to present...

image
05 Auckland’s Best Kids Winter Activities

Auckland’s Best Kids Winter Activities

Content updated: 30/06/2016 11:31

Latest Features

The winners for Auckland's most coveted accolades have been announced.
We sample our way through Auckland's best hot cross buns - and here's the verdict
Here's your chance to dine with one of New Zealand's most celebrated chefs.
A handy guide to what you can expect from 31 days of delicious!

Restaurant Reviews

Get Onboard

Make It A Date

Connect

Latest Restaurants User Reviews

  • Bluebells Cakery - Takapuna
    Just opened today and as expected they were cupcake perfection! ...

    LisaS_LocalHero on 16/06/2016 @ 1:11 p.m.
  • EIGHT
    Buffets, Smorgasbords, remember when they were in - all you can e...

    Chiana_Local_Hero on 3/06/2016 @ 10:33 a.m.
  • Kiss Kiss
    Kiss Kiss, a new northern Thai-inspired casual restaurant in Balm...

    Chiana_Local_Hero on 3/06/2016 @ 9:41 a.m.
  • Kreem Cafe
    I rated 4 stars the food was awesome and the service was excellen...

    filipainaj on 31/05/2016 @ 11:21 a.m.
  • Beirut
    Wow - if you're after a fantastic dining experience then Beirut w...

    dreadlockrasta on 30/05/2016 @ 8:33 p.m.
Hitwise Award Winner