Has anyone here eaten at Zygomates in the 12th?
It's right near absolutely nothing but one foodie friend of mine raves about it and says they've been 4 or 5 times and would go more if were better located. It made my list last year and we had a reservation but canceled due to food overload after the previous day's lunch at Rostang. As I begin to think about choices for our next trip (not 'til May but I'll be working on the list every day until it's decided, some time in April!) I'd love to get some feedback about whether or not it's really worthwhile to schlep to 7 Rue de Capri from our digs deep in the 14th. I've been convinced that Quincy would be worth the hike but I'd love some CHounders to try out Zygomates and let me know!!!
It's a great little bistro du quartier. Although I wouldn't categorize it as a foodie destination, it is a perfect example of an excellent neighbourhood resto full of character and capable of delivering consistently good but somewhat familiar meals at a great price and often with a modern twist. If it's an "either/or" choice between Le Quincy and Les Zygomates, I'd choose Les Z. The price/ quality ratio is so much better and it's tourist-free. Not that there's anything wrong with sharing your time and space in Paris with folks from Dallas, Texas. Wink wink.
As for the shlepping, there is a direct métro line from Denfert-Rochereau (or Raspail or St Jacques) to Daumesnil. I live in the 6th on the borders with the 5th and 14th and can get to the rue de Capri (where one of my old uni pals also lives) in 10 minutes by bike or 20 minutes by métro. So it's not exactly on the other side of the world.
Of course, your slice of Paris is far from being a gastronomic desert and there are lots of very good neighbourhood places closer to you. If you want old school, le Petit Marguery on the boulevard Port-Royal near Gobelins in the 13th (on the border with the 5th) will probably fulfill your expectations of a classic Paris bistro.
Thanks! That answers the question. And yes, we have many excellent places including Le Grand Pan which is a 3 minute walk from our apartment! So we're not likely to seek out a neighborhood bistro in the 12th (Quincy or LZy) unless we're dining with friends who live closer to that neighborhood.