LaCigale is a French bistro in Vancouver's Kitsilano area. Enjoy a casual relaxed atmosphere and a menu of Southern French dishes and Wines.
What an amazing experience. We tried La Cigale because of a promotion that travelzoo offered - $49.00 for 1 appetizer, 2 entrees and 1 dessert. It was amazing value and they did no skimp on the portion sizes because of the promotion.
We found the restaurant to be really charming. They have large windows up front that they opened. The room had nice pictures on the wall and the chandelier had wine bottles suspended on it. The tables are not too close together so you can have a really nice dining experience and good conversation with your companion. There were only 2 tables with customers when we were arrived but the restaurant filled up very quickly. Even with a full restaurant it was not overly noisy.
The service was absolutely exemplary. Our main server was Michelle. She was an absolute delight. She knew the wines and was able to give us detailed descriptions regarding the various varietals contained in each wine and the different characteristics of each wine that we were interested in. She was also able to give us more detailed descriptions of the entrees we were most interested in. She was very attentive and responsive to our needs and engaged us in conversation but she was in no way intrusive. There were two other men working the room as well and they also served us very well. It was nice that we had a main server but the rest of the wait staff was also so atune to the customers needs. The owner should be very proud that she has such competent and attentive wait staff.
For an appetizer we shared the tomato and goat cheese tart and it was delicious. The pastry was nice and flakey and the tiny tomatoes were really fresh and flavourful. We ordered ½ a baquette with olive tapenade. It was brought to the table piping hot with a crusty exterior but a nice soft centre. It was a very generous serving for a $3.00 charge. Delicious. For the main courses I had lamb shank with a lovely sauce seasoned with cumin, curry and tomato. The bread dipped in the sauce was perfect. My lamb shank came with cous cous. I did not care for this but I’m not a fan of cous cous. Michelle noticed this and said that I could probably substitute frites for the cous cous next time. My husband had the duck confit and he literally swooned over his duck. He said it was the best duck he has had in awhile. It come on top of sliced potatoes with onions and garlic. For dessert we shared a rhubarb and strawberry crumble with ice cream. It was a good size serving and a wonderful dish. It was not too sweet. Just the perfect end to an outstanding meal.
We came because of a coupon offer but their prices are very fair for the quality of the food and service. We had one of the most expensive appetizers and it was $11.75. The duck was $32.00 and my lamb shank was $24.00 on the regular menu.
Bridgette used to be at La Regalade. She came by our table after we had finished and wanted to know how our dinner was. This restaurant is a real gem. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
I went there 2 weeks ago. And I loved it. Fresh and French,
The chef deserves at least one Michelin star. I ordered the French baguette with tapenade, lovely and very creative. Then the Escargot garlic and parsley butter, so tasteful, and the Fish of the day. an ocean of flavors. If, as I do, you love rock fishes, go there. it was a dream.
I did not take any desert, but I heard many happy comments from the other tables.
I had a glass of a great organic French red wine. I recommend it to you. No bitterness in it, just some red fruit taste and an agradable mouth feel
Waiters and waitresses wewre fast and smiling. I even got the chance to chat with Brigitte the owner who take care of each of her customers and is really happy when you are!