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“Pleasant setting....lovely food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Cigale

La Cigale
69 St Georges Bay Rd | Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand
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Ranked #273 of 1,293 Restaurants in Auckland
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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107 reviews 107 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Pleasant setting....lovely food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

We had the set meal on a Friday night: tasting platter (Charcuterie Platter), main: duck and lamb options taken and Cherry Clatoufi (cherry tart of sorts).

The food is always and was again very nice.

We had two bottles between four people, of a very nice Chateauneuf du pape. Followed by coffee. At only $10 per bottle added as a corkage equivalent it made for quite a reasonable cost for the wine.

Four people $75 per head for three courses (I WOULD VALUE the courses as $15, $25, $12 respectively. However, the ACTUAL CHARGES are $12, $30, $12) and three plus glasses of wine for each person (usually $12-14 per glass for this wine elsewhere).
The main isn't worth $30 in my opinion but that's balanced out by the entree and dessert courses, which are good value.

It's fun and the food is tasty. Lively atmosphere with lovely staff. Take a group of friends.

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  • English first
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English first
Melbourne
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91 reviews 91 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“French Provincial at its best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

We went ther during the day and mused around all the french imports in the market.
Treat yourself to a genuine Champagne from the store: Lots to chose from. Genuine Burgundy too. We booked a table for the evening, not sure what to expect, but we were pleasantly suprised by the hospitable atmosphere of an outdoor restaurant ( but indoors ) like a marketplace. The food was simplw, delicious and lots of it. The atmosphere was great

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Whakatane, New Zealand
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169 reviews 169 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“OK ....but?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Dinner here on a Friday night. Everything went well with making the reservation which was done by email. Prompt and helpful response. The quirkyness of the place didn't work for me. The food fell within the "home cooking" category and no more. The onion tart was fine, the braised goat with madeira and raisins was surpringly dry and the creme caramel just wasn't right. All in all a bit of a disappointment because we had heard good things about La Cigale.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“The best croissant and Danish pastry in Auckland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012 via mobile

Amazing little place in the heart of Auckland.

Great farmers market on the weekend as well as pastries and French snacks inside as well as a couple of main hot dishes like pork belly or beef casserole etc.

Can get super busy so be prepared for queue jumpers and hunting for a seat.

The best fresh croissants and Danish pastries, literally dripping in butter hot fresh from the oven if you time it right.

Also good selection of European wines on offer as well as a fashion and home ware section selling French inspired products.

Haven't tried for dinner but is great mid week for a business coffee as it is pretty quiet.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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19 restaurant reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“A bit disappointed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

So much had been written and spoken of this market and store but for me a bit of a let down. It is hard to enjoy this experience when it is so busy with people dogs and rain.

Visited September 2011
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