Thought we’d start off Wednesday with a little Latin lesson: En Vino Veritas means “In wine there is truth.” And I’m looking forward to being rather truthful about my Wednesday WWC! . What is a WWC you ask? Why, its a Work Week Cocktail! Read more about my Salad & Spirits 2010 challenge here.
My trusty co-WWC-er, Bean and I set off to conquer one of the more challenging letters on our list; Z. I know, we’re zany (oh the punniness). We set off from work in search of wine, good conversation and a bar or restaurant with the Z in the title. No easy zeat feat. There, we trudged, tired, thirsty and letter-deprived, when we saw an oasis in the form of a already-visited letter: R for Radius.
No matter that we already conquered R; we stopped in for a bracing drink before returning to our trek. A Boston landmark; this restaurant really deserves its own post; so I’ll keep it simple to say that we had a beautiful glass of wine at the bar (pinot grigio for me, riesling for Bean) and although there were quite a few suited up wall street-style gents there; the vibe was rather mellow.
View from the bar
View down the bar
Fortified by wine and chatty conversation, we continued out in the desert city in serach of the Z!
Where did our weary feet bring us? Why Les Zygomates of course! We’re cheating a little bit, since it does start with an L, but we’re not going to consider the “L” and forge on!
Since opening in 1994, Les Zygomates (pronounced lay-zee-go-matt, roughly translating to “the muscles in the face that make you smile”) has earned a distinguished reputation for its inviting atmosphere, superb cuisine and its award-winning wine list.
Their popular raw bar
The bar area
Bean and I settled ourselves in the bar area and perused the wine list; we ordered the following:
- For me: Sparkling Raspberry: De Bortoli Sparking Bru Paired with a splash of Crème de Framboise
- For Bean: A glass of Riesling
My champagne was delicious! Light and fruity; and you all KNOW how I like my champagne!
Les Zygomates serves French brasserie fare such as
- Frisée Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette and Poached Egg
- Escargot à La Bourguignonne with Parsley and Garlic Butter
- Grilled Hanger Steak Frites with Bordelaise
- and for dessert?
- Brown Butter Crepes with White Chocolate Mousse & Raspberries
It all sounded really lovely, but in the end we just decided to share the following:
- Cheese Plate: Three Cheeses with Fruit & Nuts
- Cornichons! These darling little pickles typically come with pate; but we asked for a side of them, so cute!
Forgive me, I can’t remember the cheese names, except that the one of the left was soft, the one in the middle was crunchy and the one on the right was a bleu. Pretty informative right?
The cheeses themselves were delicious; and the cherries were a nice touch; but honestly, neither of us was blown away. It took quite a while to get our appetizer (and as you can see from the pics above, the bar area was pretty quiet). The little fruited bread that came with the cheese was tasty, but they could have been a little more generous with it. We did receive a baguette and butter that arrived earlier; but it wasn’t warmed, and and frankly cold baguette and refridgerator-cold butter are not worth the calories in my opinion. The cornichons were yummy, as always, but they were sliced in half; which I find odd; because half the deliciousness of a cornichon is the delightful *crunch* you get from biting into a whole one. They did charge us as if we had orderded a side dish but somehow $5.00 for pickle halves just seemed a wee bit excessive to me. Our waiter was very sweet and informative; which is alwasys appreciated.
And we both loved their bathroom decor:
The walls were paperd wwith wine labels!
Close up of the wine labels; cute!
All in all, there are other places in the city that do French brasserie better; in my opinion. But hey, when you need a Z, you need a Z!