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Rendezvous in Central Sq.--what to order?

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Going for the first time later this week and already gearing up. Any particular faves and raves? I like seafood and veggies especially, but I eat pretty much anything if it's delicious.

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  1. The menu changes fairly frequently so you may want to check out their web site. Have a good time. I've enjoyed myself each time I have dined there.

    1. An article in the Atlantic (http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200707...) that mentioned Rendezvous convinced me to try the "Grilled Portuguese sardines with fennel and cherry tomato vinaigrette" currently on the menu a couple weeks ago. I'd recommend it, especially if you're a big seafood fan.

      1. Raw oysters, sardines, the vegetable antipasto, cod with littlenecks. The gnocchi with crab, mushroom ragout with truffled corn risotto, and the fried fish combo on the current menu all look great, but I haven't tried any of them.

        I think the cocktails at the bar are excellent (some interesting fresh-herb muddling), and the wine list thoughtful and well-priced.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Second the veggie antipasto - a definite step up from the usual, it felt like a mini adventure! And I can vouch for the fried fish combo. It spurred me to post a couple of months ago, in the summer, when I had the pleasure of eating it - perfectly fried, light as air. total bliss, esp. if you're in the mood for a bit of seasoning and crunch without the heaviness. Those guys know their way around the fryer.

        2. I'd definitely try the sardines app and I think they do a very nice job with fish of all kinds so that's what I'd choose. Although the braised pork and veal meatballs with toasted orecchiette, Tuscan kale and piave cheese sounds right up my alley.

          I'll be interested to hear how they're doing now come fall. Please report back if you can.

          1. I've had the roast chicken with couscous, which was excellent. A generous portion and a great mix of savory and sweet. They also had a delicious scallop appetizer (I think it involved a saffron sauce of some sort) back in the spring, but I don't see it on the menu anymore

            1. It is a great place but I have been disappointed a few times on Sundays. I get the sense the chef may not be in the house. Antipasta platter is lovely. Gnocci also excellent. Everything is really quite good.

              1. Well, plans got changed and I went last night instead. Had a great meal but I did not get back to the Chow board in time to read any suggestions. I pondered the grilled sardines but ultimately opted for the seared scallops with harissa, which were divine. Seared to perfection, cooked just to doneness but no more, very sweet fresh scallops. The harissa sauce was pleasantly spicy but not overpowering, and the accompanying fig salad was a nice contrast. Before the scallops I had the arugula salad, with figs, serrano ham, pistachios, and shavings of a gruyere-like cheese that was probably not actually gruyere. The salad was a perfect mix of tastes and textures and not overwhelmed by too much dressing. After the scallops I had the panna cotta with marinated quince and pomegranate--also just delightful, although they were a bit skimpy on the quince. The service was timed just right and very friendly and overall it was an excellent experience. I can't wait to go back and try those sardines!