Rendez-Vous opened today in the old Teance space.
It is a moderately-priced casual French cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. No wine until next week when they get their liquor license.
Their signature dish is beef daube, a stew made with cubed beef braised in red wine sauce with cubed root vegetables. It is served with smooth, buttery mashed (pureed?) potatoes. $13.50
I’ve never had a daube before but I liked it… full of wine flavor in the sauce, cubed root veggies and little bacon bits (lardons?) here and there giving it smoky notes.
There are tons of daube recipes out there with a zillion variations. This was a rather good one that seemed close to what I had ... not sure about the trotter though
Skip the rhubarb crisp or any dish that might require a lot of attention or exact timing. Probably the best dessert at this point would be the chocolate mousse.
I think they are still getting used to the ovens and the crisp was in there just a bit too long. There was a delicious whipped cream on it though. ($4.50)
The restaurant is settling in, so have a little patience with service. They couldn’t find the dessert menus and one person said one of the silliest things I’ve heard in a long time. I’m cutting them slack. It actually made me giggle on the drive home.
It is a nice casual space meant to evoke the spirit of an outdoor French café. It did give me a slight pang of regret to see the lovely Teance counter gone.
Rendez-Vous actually did remind me a little food-wise of some modest neighborhood cafes in France. Nothing fancy, but a nice meal at a reasonable price.
They have a website but no menu yet, so I’ll post a little of the menu in the first reply
Rendez-Vous Cafe Bistro
1111 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706