Ozan Devlen's Review:
La Cigale, a Hidden Treasure
La Cigale is an exceptional place where you should pay a visit when you come to Izmir. Summer or winter, La Cigale is offering some of the best food, atmosphere, ambiance and service in town.
Just located in the city center, namely Alsancak, it is magically providing a hidden garden for it’s visitors. During summer outdoor area, covered with olive and pine trees is a great location to have your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Winter is also great as Izmir never gets too cold you can still enjoy the indoor area which is covered by glasses only.
Eucalyptus trees are providing the same atmosphere inside. La Cigale has a really nice decoration accompanied with a neat service and delicate food. While you enjoy your food you can also listen to the music of their choice which is quite successful.
La Cigale is serving breakfast for a good start to the day. Lunch is the time when businessmen around the restaurant gahter together to hold meeting and to host and feast their customers. You can enjoy a soft Jazz or a chill out music during your lunch.
But the real atmosphere hits became alive during the evening. Having a dinner for two is a really romantic choice although you can have larger groups for celebrations or even alone just to enjoy some of the best food in Izmir.
There is two different indoor facilities are available in La Cigale, facing each other with a slight touch of difference in between considering the atmosphere and decoration but the food is the same. One of them is able to host 90 the other one is to serve 110 people at the same time.
But don’t trust the numbers, we strongly recommend you to make reservations in advance. Especially on Fridays and Saturdays if you don’t want to wait in front of the place smelling all the food and the atmosphere.,
You are welcomed with a little appetizer of a small plate which includes creme cheese, paprika sauce and olives all dressed with olive oil and some spicies. You will also served with three different kinds of bread (like German Brötchen).
La Cigale offers two different menus for lunch and dinner. There are nice options of Italian, French and Turkish cuisine. But Eatinizmir recommends Chicken Schnitzel of the chef. It is really well cooked and the spicies they used in marinating the meat makes it extremely delicious. It is served with apple sliced patatoes and grilled vegetables along with steam cooked brocoli. Schnitzel of La Cigale is by far the best I have ever had in Izmir thus it can seriously compete with the famous Wiener Schnitzel of Einstein Cafe/Wien-Austria.
There are also other options such as Jokomo (Steak with creamy mushroom sauce) and Relax (400 grams of delicious cutlet) which I can recommend in the category of lamb. The cook is always able to cook exactly as you wished, rare, medium rare and so on…
Each table is equipped with a neat call system which allows you to ring for service or the bill (hesap). The number of your table then appears on a screen so the waiter knows you need him.
Overall Eatinizmir recommends you to pay a visit to La Cigale we strongly believe you won’t be dissappointed. Bon Apetit.
How to Get There:
La Cigale Restaurant
Address: Cumhuriyet Bulvarı No:152 Alsancak Konak / Izmir
Tel : 0232 421 47 80
Fax : 0232 464 79 86