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Disappointing night @ Rendezvous

Sal Monella | Feb 19, 200806:12 AM

We decided to have dinner at Rendezvous with another couple this past Sunday night (our 2nd visit, their first) as they heard many positives and wanted to experience it.

Night started off well, we got there 5 minutes early and were promptly seated. Fairly busy night but not packed. Good atmosphere. Waiter was immediately attentive with the water...almost to a fault but that's ok. I'd rather have water available instead of having to ask for it all the time. We ordered our apps and entrees along with a nice red wine (Vieux Moulin?). I had the winter vegetable antipasto plate (very good and flavorful even though I'm not a big vegetable fan). Wife had roasted beet salad with walnuts (decent). The couple also split the beet salad. BTW, the bread is excellent (Iggy's?). For entrees, I had the steak frites (medium with a few sliced home style fries) and it was ok. My wife had the braised pork and veal meatballs with toasted orecchiette, tuscan kale and piave cheese (very salty) and our friends had the skillet-roasted skate with celery root, sage, meyer lemon and hazelnut brown butter and roast chicken with lemon risotto with garlic and bittergreens (also very salty). We should have requested they lighten up on the salt...our bad.

The real problem was the service. First the food runner brought the us the wrong dishes. Told her these were not what we ordered. Luckily, no one touched the food. She came back with 3 of the 4 entrees and placed them (mine was missing). She didn't say much other than my steak frites would be right up. ~ 5 minutes later, my entree showed up all the while the rest of the folks were sitting and waiting and their food getting progressively colder...they didn't want to start eating while I'm waiting even though I tried to convince them to go ahead. I did get the obligatory "I'm sorry..." from the waiter along with some excuse about the steak taking longer. Didn't buy it from this type of establishment and it's reputation. The dessert's were good (crostada of caramelized pears and golden raisins
with clove ice cream and warm chocolate cake with chocolate sauce and cinnamon cream) along with some port, madeira and sparkling wine. Dinner came to ~ $125 per couple (includes the 20% tip).

All things considered it wasn't a horrible night but we all left disappointed by the service first and foremost and by the salty nature of the entrees. What is it with all the over salting in these restaurants.

We'd probably go back again but with so many other options in Bos/Cam/Som, not very soon.

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