La Cigale French Bistro – Moules Frites
La Cigale French Bistro is one of many small French restaurants that we love to visit in Vancouver. On the one hand, I wish it was closer to our home. On the other hand, it’s a good thing that it isn’t otherwise we’d put on too much weight.
I mentioned on our last visit to La Cigale about the history of this bistro and the connection to the Raye family. But on this visit, it’s all about the food.
Breads and desserts are two must tries at French restaurants. First up was some complimentary pastry sticks. Oh so light and flaky… I almost wanted to save some for our appetizer order of mussels but I couldn’t wait and I knew our mussels came with fries. The Moules Frites ($19) is served in a white wine, shallots, cream and parsley broth. The plump mussels are accompanied by some really great fries with mayonnaise dipping sauce. Usually, I like skinny fries with my mussels but these were so good that we finished the whole bucket.
You can’t go wrong ordering Boeuf Bourguignon ($24) at this French bistro. The tender beef is served in a very rich sauce along with pearl onions (there’s something about pearl onions that I just adore). And guess what… it also comes with a side order of frites! I don’t know how, but we managed to eat most of these fries as well.
I couldn’t resist ordering the Seafood Vol au Vent in Lobster Sauce ($28) which we had on our last visit. The slightly salty sauce is to be expected of the bisque-like sauce and the puff pastry was exploding with tender squid, plump shrimp, salmon, scallops, and halibut. But the sauce was the real kicker.
For our dessert, our waitress listed off a whole shlew of options. We decided on something she called the Provence ($9.50). Served in a martini glass, on the bottom was black currant puree topped with raspberry sorbet and raspberry mousse, and encircled with fresh blueberries and a gravity-defying cookie on top. The cookie actually only stayed put for a few seconds before it toppled over but it was quite good. The whole dessert was light tasting but filling. and we really enjoyed the awesome cookie on top.
On the Friday night that we visited, it was quite busy here with plenty of couples enjoying the fine food.
1961 West 4th Avenue
Posted on May 25, 2014, in French, Restaurant Review, Seafood and tagged Boeuf Bourguignon, Food, French, Kitsilano, Moules Frites, Mussels, restaurant review, Seafood Vol au Vent, Vancouver. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.