La Cigale in Kitsilano to reopen as new concept Lavidas

May 24 2023, 10:31 pm

Vancouver folks will likely remember La Cigale, the cozy French bistro that operated on Kitsilano’s busy West 4th Avenue since 2012.

After struggling through pandemic-related restrictions, La Cigale’s owners have decided to close the restaurant and reopen with a new name and concept.

According to the restaurant’s revamped website, Lavidas will be a “contemporary comfort restaurant serving a variety of different cuisine. Our menus will be driven by local ingredients and cultural influences with fresh modern styling and molecular techniques.”

The name Lavidas comes from the owner’s Rottweiler/Mastiff, who passed away in 2022, according to the website.

Owners assure fans of La Cigale that some of their favourite dishes from the old menu will be making a comeback, with the addition of new dishes inspired by Pacific Northwest ingredients.


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At the head of the Lavidas menu concept is Chef Jen, who was “classically trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and apprenticed at a Relais & Châteaux restaurant in Montreal,” according to Lavidas’ website.

Lavidas is also proudly a diverse and inclusive workplace, and “supports and celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community.”

Dished has reached out to Lavidas for more details on the new concept and when we can expect an opening.


Address: 1961 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver


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