The husband and I went to Rendezvous for the first time on Sunday, and we very much enjoyed our experience there. I'm not sure if I'm adding anything new to the recent raves, but here are some bits from our experience:
1. The prix fixe menu - $33 on sundays with a red or white available by the glass for $7, by the carafe for $18 (not $16 as listed online). As you can see from the link below, the prix fixe menu isn't the entire menu, but it's pretty close. Lots of choices, and several of the recommendations from this boards are available.
2. The food - We shared the bluefish cakes, grilled sardines, fish stew, swordfish, apple fritters, and chocolate cake. All were cooked well and properly seasoned. The bluefish cakes and the fish stew were the big standouts. I wish there was a bit more shellfish in the stew, but maybe I was just being greedy. We drank every drop! The bluefish cakes were enhanced by the cucumber-mint salad. The sardines and the swordfish were pleasant and simple, not terribly special. Like a previous poster, I have to comment that even the bread basket was great--crusty yet soft. I'm not much of a dessert person, but they were both pretty, simple, and tasty.
3. The service - I might have read something about service being off when it first opened, but the staff was very polite and attentive. They were almost too polite. When I made a crack about our waiter asking for our IDs, he profusely apologized and explained that there's some sort of crackdown. (I just laughed it off. It's a compliment!) He also was able to confirm quickly from the kitchen that there wouldn't be cilantro in my husband's dishes. The other servers were also polite and friendly.
4. The atmosphere - It was louder than I expected, and I could hear every word of the conversations on either side of us. However, the transformation of the Burger King is simply amazing! It really is a beautiful room totally packed by 7 pm.
Most of the recs I've seen from this board have been for the fish here. Maybe the next time I venture out on a Sunday, I'll try the duck three ways or one of the other non-seafood dishes. Anyone have much experience with these?
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