We stayed away from rendezvous for as long as possible after hearing initial bad reviews of service. But the recent descriptions of gnocchi and halibut couldn't hold us back any longer.
I am happy to report that we had an awesome dinner last night. The food ranged from outstanding to good.
Gnocchi with chanterelles -- simply amazing. Perfect texture and oh so mushroomy. It's a must have!
Mahi with Nicoise style salad and anchovy vinaigrette -- excellent. Fish was very moist and flavorful. the salad had all kinds of stuff (baby letuce, radishes, green beans, olives, cherry tomatoes, chick peas, hard boiled egg) -- all very yummy, particularly with that great anchovy dressing.
Sorrel vichyssoise -- lovely chilled soup on a hot day. Sorrel gave it a nice tang. It came with a dollop of creme fraiche, but I should have left it alone as mixing it in made the soup too rich.
Veggie antipasto -- eggplant puree, mahmara (sp?) type puree, fava bean puree, and all kinds of grilled veggies. The veggies could use a bit of salt. Pretty good, but I wouldn't get it again.
Halibut ceviche with avocado and cilantro -- I can't put my finger on it, but something was missing. It felt like they dried off the halibut too much and there was no puckery lime juice I usually like to taste with the ceviche. I wouldn't get it again either.
The lemon buttermilk pudding dessert was good, but I wasn't particularly wowed by it.
Lots of great wines by the glass. We got
Alexander Valley Vineyards New Gewurz
Rose from France
Marches de Bretagne 2004 - cab frank from Loire
Celestin Blondeau Sauvignon Blanc 2004 from Loire
All were $6-7 and all were good except for the rose.
Service was wonderful. Our server was very attentive, but not hovering. And Steve Johnson stopped by every table to see how everything was.
3 course prix-fixe on sundays is $32. Great value and great food.
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