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Les Zygomates

By: Kellie K. Speed, Travel Writer

Les Zygomates Les Zygomates was once Boston's best kept secret, but because it is located just outside of Chinatown and the downtown theater district, the restaurant has become so popular that even on a Tuesday night the restaurant was jam packed.

The extensive wine list has caused quite a commotion among guests. 

A peek behind the bar shows literally hundreds of bottles of wine stocked, waiting to be poured. From a 1995 Jean Dauvissaut chardonnay from France to a 1994 Zamo and Zamo merlot, the restaurant offers some of the best wines in town.

Zygomates; as it is known to regulars, is as well known for its wine list as it is for its live jazz entertainment. You may ask to be seated in either the bar side, which is a little more quieter than the lively jazz side. 

The food here is wonderful and the prices are unbeatable. For $21 per person, guests may choose from a prix fixe menu mid-week (Sunday through Thursday), which includes a soup or salad, an entrée and dessert.

We sampled the half dozen oysters from Maine. These were so fresh and arrived with a amazing cocktail sauce for dipping. The lobster bisque had thick chunks of lobster in a creamy bisque. 

Other appetizers included a baby scallop salad with white beans and cherry tomato confit, grilled lentil salad with lardon and pan-roasted salt cod cakes with a roasted pepper salad.

Entrees here are equally as good as the prices. Choose from magret of duck, grilled lamb chops or herb roasted chicken breast. The pan-seared scallops were marinated in buttermilk with bacon and topped with a scallion truffle butter. The Texas red snapper looked tempting with sweet potato puree and sautéed greens.

Save some room after dinner for the cheese plate with fruit and nuts. Generally served to clean the palate in between meals, we savored every bite of the fresh samplings.

Desserts here are to be commended. We shared the warm chocolate cake with ice cream, which was heavenly. The crème brulee and fruit gratinee with rum sabayon and caramel sauce both looked decadent. 

Les Zygomates has become Boston's biggest hit and it's easy to see why.

Les Zygomates
129 South Street
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617-542-5108
Fax: 617-482-8806
Web site: 

Hours: Monday through Friday 11:30 am to 1 am, Saturday 6 pm to 1 am.

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Kellie Speed - Click to enlarge

Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahners’ Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

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