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Les Zygomates - review

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Les Zygomates - review

jacinthe | Jan 20, 2005 01:20 PM

Speaking of restaurants that begin with a Z… a friend was in town over the long weekend, and so we decided to go to Les Zygomates. One of my friends comes here all the time with her boyfriend, and is continually raving about it – and well, what better excuse than a girl’s night out? Table of 3, for 8PM, on Saturday night. The jazz room was unfortunately booked for a wedding reception, so we were seated in the main room.

Menus and wine list were given. (Very good) bread was set on the table, along with a ramekin of butter What to choose? For both food and wine, it was very difficult. The waiter was very helpful regarding my wine selection, as I’m generally vague and if I had a customer like myself I’d want her to be more specific (“white, definitely not a chardonnay, but not too sweet nor too minerally”, etcetc. He ended up suggesting a Spanish white which hit the spot). Finally, decisions had to be made.

One friend and I ordered the braised octopus a la diable and the warm goat cheese salad with toasted pine nuts to split, while the other got a salad just for herself. The octopus was very good – I’m not sure what kind of sauce it was, but it was vaguely tomato-y and vaguely spicy. Very flavourful. The goat cheese salad was great – a barely melted slice of goat cheese atop a bed of lightly dressed mixed greens and diced tomatoes, pine nuts sprinkled on top. I loved how some of the cheese melted all over the salad. I want those two dishes again just thinking of them.

As an entrée, I got the oven roasted duck breast with wild mushroom risotto and red pepper reduction. The perfectly cooked duck was served in slices over the risotto, which was great. It was a great dish – not greasy or overly oily, the meat complimenting the rice nicely. One friend got the pan-roasted salmon stuffed with pickled ginger and scallion with lobster coulis. It was also served with roasted potatoes. What an unusual dish (not very French, come to think of it, with the pickled ginger) – it tasted great, the flavours blending together nicely. The last got the smoked sea scallops with cauliflower cream. I didn’t try the scallops, but had a taste of the cauliflower and actually liked it (and generally I don’t like cauliflower that much).

Onto dessert. They’re not on the menu posted online, but we split a warm chocolate cake served with chocolate chip ice cream and a warm gingerbread cake with .. perhaps mangos atop? I am generally not a fan of chocolate desserts (too heavy after so much food) so I only had a small bit of the chocolate dessert, which was very good. I was a much bigger fan of the gingerbread cake, which was dense and moist without being cloyingly sweet. Terrific.

Service throughout was great. Water was refilled promptly, as was the bread basket. Although the restaurant was only about half-full when we arrived, it was definitely full when we left – as were we!

I believe the tab came to around $60/person before tip for 3 appetizers, 3 entrees, 2 desserts, 7 glasses of wine and one glass of port. They have a prix fixe menu (for around $30?) that makes it a good deal, as well as $20 bottles of wine. I would definitely come back – indeed, if anyone’s gone to the wine tasting nights, how are those?

Link: http://www.winebar.com

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