Let's start with the conservas. Served with toast and pickles, these cans of marinated sardines and mussels are an absolutely great way to start any lunch or dinner. The sardines bathe in a rich olive oil while the mussels are marinated in a rich red paprika oil. The conservas are salty but light in taste and utterly delectable.
A platter of Jamón ibérico is unmissable in any Spanish feast. The thin slices are heaven paired with the Cielo Sangria, the restaurant's signature clarified sangria.
We continue with a platter of croquetas de Jamón, devilishly creamy croquettes with Jamón ibérico and Manchego cheese and the tortilla de patatas, a traditional patatas served with onion and pancetta, savoury and hearty.
For the main, we have the Galician pulpo, soft and tender, served with a buttery potato aligot, a smoked paprika crunch and mojo herb sauce. This was among our favourites.
Meanwhile we're served a gimlet cocktail — golden, tangy and flavourful.
Continuing on, we have the buttered burnt leaks with crunchy fried cauliflower and a creamy and pleasantly nutty Romesco sauce — so delicious we nearly licked our plates clean (which I think we did).
The scallop is an absolute stunner. Thin slices of scallop rest on a bed of sweet potato mash and are topped with a sea foam.
We end with the pork sirloin pinchos, served with brie and caramelised onions — savoury and sweet.
Cielo is a place you go to for a late afternoon lunch, preferably with the sun setting in. It's a place to enjoy a feast with friends and family while taking in the vast views from the sky bar. It's a place that sends you straight to the Spanish valleys and coasts — which is something we may all need at the moment.