69 St Georges Bay Road,
(09) 366 9361
La Cigale Information
At La Cigale in Parnell, Auckland, we have a small café serving simple, delicious French cuisine and French wines. Our café is attached to our large shop which sells French fashion, antiques, homewares, food and wine. On Saturday mornings we hold a French style food market in our carpark.
Mon - Fri: 08.30 to 16.00
Sat: 08.00 to 16.00
Sun: 11.00 to 16.00
Avg Food Spend
$$ per person
Set Lunch Menu, Breakfast Menu
Wheelchair Access, NO Disabled Toilets
The French Market converts into La Cigale French Market at night and it looks very much like you could be in an alley in France.
Tonight's menu was Escargot which were generous and drizzled with garlic butter and the tart was nice. For Mains it was shared Beef Bourguignon and chicken roasted in lemon and thyme with potatoes and salad. Very hearty and tasty.
For dessert a Chocolate Ganache tart with strawberries or Vanilla Pannacotta with berry compote. Everything was presented well. Service was good and French wine yummy and good prices for a restaurant.
I have been before and would go again.
We were greeted warmly by a friendly Matre’d whom made it a terrific evening, baskets of French stick, home-roasted seeds were both a great start. Could have just done with some olive oil for dipping.
Our first move was to order a bottle of French red wine (Veneur Cotes de Rhone) which you can buy from the Wine Direct shop which sits right beside the restaurant.
La Cigale's restaurant is as quirky, they take your order when you book, rather than when you arrive to eat. Choices are limited to two dishes per course but you choose the menu you want according to the night you want to dine. I think this is a cool idea and seen as my group eats out every week it’s nice to change it up and try a different
Some of the group ordered the Anti-paste platter and a few the garlic butter snails which my friends said were tender and cooked perfectly. I’ll have to trust their word as my first and last experience of snails was in France itself.
The anti-paste platter had a lovely creamy chicken pate, salami, tender prosciutto and salmon on marinated carrot, tapenade and some horseradish. Accompanied by small, crunchy cornichons and fat olives. This was served with crusty farmhouse-style French bread.
Our main courses arrived, in large, white bowls for sharing: Lemon and Thyme marinated Chicken with ratatouille & Madeira Jus and lamb shanks accompanied with a rocket salad and Roasted potatoes with rosemary. All absolutely French and absolutely wonderful.
For dessert only a few of us partook and I had the Gateau Basque with burnt orange marmalade. The cake was so light and custardy. Whilst the other choice was: Pear poached in red wine with warm chocolate sauce which was warm and rich.
If you haven't been to La Cigale, have a look at their website before you book, it explains the whole process. Actually why did I go away empty handed and not take some of the great wine home with me. An excuse to visit again.
Took my Mum & Dad for Sunday brunch - market food was good, very good! Mum had a tomato tart and Dad & I had lamb pies - both delicious! Topped off with coffee & HOT almond croissont.... Yum!
Potentially a great atmosphere, ruined by pathetic sound and those horrible bright white lights, please do something about the lighting.
I cant recommend this place on that basis alone.
Food was OK, lamb terribly dry, chicken was nice, great sauce. Didnt like the idea none of the wines had prices, and staff were selling on the basis of the grape, come on people, we're not all that pretentious.
Best time to go and have a coffee, tea or hot chocolate is on the weekend when the La Cigale farmers market is happening! A fabulous sensory feast!
Definately a must!
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