La Cigale Bistro

French in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

A charming neighborhood bistro with a casual contemporary feel, its menu combines traditional French recipes with local ingredients and simple, flavor-revealing preparations. Expect hearty nosh including practically perfect filet mignon and velvet-soft braised lamb shoulder. We recommend the three-course Sunday-to-Thursday $32 prix-fixe special. In summer, the garagelike front windows are thrown open so it feels as if you're dining al fresco.

There's a small but well-curated French wine list, but if you want to bring your own bottle, the usual corkage fee is waived on Tuesdays.