Cielo Blanco

Restaurants, Mexican Clerkenwell
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Fun Mexican joining the Exmouth Market food scene.

It’s all a bit Mexican-by-numbers at this Exmouth Market restaurant, where somebody has been let loose with fruity tablecloths, several litres of vibrant wall paint and a collection of shrines to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Large booths and tables cement Cielo Blanco as a fiesta destination, although it wouldn’t be Exmouth Market without a few pavement-side tables for dining couples.

The array of Mexican standards on the menu is overwhelming, and staff do little to help the decision process with an ‘it’s all good’ attitude. Luckily, a sharing option (the ‘street food experience’, as they call it) lets you select six dishes between two so you can try a bit of everything. And some of it’s really quite good.

If I could, I’d have plunged my whole body into the queso fundido, a thick and pungent cheese-and-chorizo-spiked dip, and I enjoyed the crunch from beer-battered fish tacos with a lime-heavy relish that cut through it all. Less impressive were over-seasoned black bean tostadas and under-seasoned chorizo-and-squash flautas. And on the whole, everything could have done with a bit more chilli heat. But value for money couldn’t be faulted, and a lot of thought has gone into the list of Mexican drinks to wash it all down. So the search for excelente Mexican food in the capital continues. But top marks to Cielo Blanco for plying party-ready punters with cheap eats and tequila.

By: Laura Richards

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Venue name: Cielo Blanco
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Address: 55 Exmouth Market
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EC1R 4QL
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It's aiiiiiighht! Not authentic but what can you do? It's not bad for a casual snack. Service wasn't the best. 

tastemaker

Cielo Blanco has been on my food objective list for a while so when a friend mentioned Exmouth Market, I jumped at the chance! The street food deal was great value, with a wide range of dishes and generous portions. Sharing small plates is always a fun experience, but the dishes themselves were a little hit and miss. Some were really delicious, but others lacked flavour, and heat levels varied across them all, so it depends on your chilli tolerance! Our favourites of the selection were the Queso Fundido (for starters) the pork and chorizo meatballs, and chorizo tostadas... 


Overall cheap and cheerful – a fun experience and atmosphere, but I'd love to see more consistency in the quality and flavour of the dishes if I return!

Tastemaker

My kind of tacky decor and sharing platter extravaganza. Overly generous sharing platters (we went for Pork Belly and fish), the seafood stew in particular had a lot of kick. Good cocktail list, though we went for the juices which I recommend as a non alcohol option - green juice with plenty of lime, which cut through the pork belly well. The highlights are the homemade corn tortilla chips with queso fundido (cheese dip), Mexican Votice art style mirrors in the bathrooms and ultra-instagrammable tiled floors. Dive in.

Tastemaker

Exmouth Market has really grown as a foodie haven and Cielo Blanco does not let the side down. Just a quick glance at the menu will have you salivating like a Great Dane - well packed with quesadillas, tacos and more off-beat Mexican street food delights, the menu means you will no doubt end up with eyes bigger than your belly as was our case. Call me cheap, but I got stuck in with the house white and thought it did a perfect job of swilling it all down (while also cooling off the chilli heat). The waiters did a sterling job of providing just the right level of service, seated and served quickly without the annoyance of constant check-ins. Worth a visit.

Tastemaker

Such a good new addition to Exmouth Market! We were in a big group for a birthday and our waitress was fantastic. She recommended a range of dishes from across the menu and we ate very well. Particularly recommend the steak and veggie sharing boards. House wine was good value and served in ice cold glasses. Really impressed by the whole dinner...and even more so at the bill. Roughly £30 a head for a feast, cocktails and wine! We could bring our own cake and they candles too. Highly recommend for group dinners. Will definitely be back!


A taste of Mexicana in Farringdon!! 3 of us visited on a weekday evening- great atmosphere. There was a small wait for a table as we hadn't booked but we were able to enjoy a margarita and a great street corn dip at the bar. Our waitress explained the menu clearly and we were advised to share as much as possible. We went for three street foods items- the mushroom quesadilla, fish tacos and the ceviche. All super fresh and finger licking good. We then went for the pork sharing board which was a feast indeed. Crispy pork and lots of garnishes to make your own tortillas. Ended up in the tequila snug bar down stairs. The roasted pineapple mezcal is a must try! Some talented bartenders indeed and I look forward to my next trip. Thanks Cielo Blanco for a great first experience.

Tastemaker

Cielo Blanco really delivered. The outdoor seating on Exmouth Market is bright and welcoming, as are the staff. If the weather permits, it's a wonderful place to while away the afternoon with a Sol and good company.


The menu offers a selection of burritos, sharing platters and tapas - and salad bowls for the more health conscious amongst us. The tapas sharing deal was delicious and well-priced at approximately £13 each for 6 dishes, which provided more than enough food for two and delightful variety. 


The fish tacos were a stand-out - crispy on the outside but tender and flaky on the inside. The corn on the cob, too, was served with some kind of delicious pink sauce that was so moreish.In fact, of the 6 dishes, there was absolutely nothing disappointing. There was also a generous supply of lime, which added a lovely freshness to the entire experience.


We were so pleased with Cielo Blanco's whole shebang that I just must give it five stars!