Part of the Ricker Group (Great Eastern Dining Room, XOXO, E&O…), this lovely restaurant is located in the vibrant heart of Farringdon, usually under the siege by City regulars. The bar at the entrance welcomes you with a long procession of bottles, which are used to fantastic effect in inventive cocktails. Though don’t worry, the food is not and after thought here. Although this is not a fine diningFine dining restaurants are full service restaurants with specific dedicated meal courses. Décor of such restaurants feature higher-quality materials, with an eye towards the "atmosphere" desired by the restaurateur, than restaurants featuring lower-quality materials. The wait staff is usually highly trained and often wears more formal attire. Fine-dining restaurants are almost always small businesses and are generally either single-location operations or have just a few locations. Food portions are visually appealing. Fine dining restaurants have certain rules of dining which visitors are generally expected to follow often including a dress code. restaurant, quality products are prepared with professionalism. Perhaps surprising from a chain like Rocker, but most of the dishes are actually well balanced and full of flavour.
If you have an overflowing wallet, then go for the barbecue black cod; certainly one of the best in town. Sweet and melting in the mouth, the portions are a good size too. A less pricey choice is the wagyu beefWagyu refers to breeds of cattle genetically predisposed to intense marbling and to producing a high percentage of oleaginous unsaturated fat. Their meat is known for its marbling characteristics, increased eating quality, flavor, tenderness and juiciness. sashimi with sesame and shallots, though portions aren’t enormous, so you should most probably order two.
Also worth a mention is the quality pad thai, which is not too expensive and very tasty.
Overall, there are no faults, but there is nothing very exciting either; the food is nicely prepared. You might consider this place as being the Jamie Oliver of the Asian fusion – simple but good.
One major plus for Cicada is its terrace in summer. This London rarity, decked-out with long wooden tables along the edge of St John Street is a perfect spot for a lunch in the sun (if you can find any).