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Mar 27, 2008 11:38 AM

What to order at Rendezvous on Central Square?

I'm going there for dinner tonight, so I took a quick peak at their menu:

It looks solid, but I already know I'm going to have a tough time ordering... too many good options! I've got the entrees paired down to the Skate, the braised pork and veal meatballs, and the duck three ways. An oustide contender could be the roast chicken with lemon risotto. For an appetizer I was thinking the charcuterie. Am I on the right path? Are there any must-get dishes?

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  1. I enjoyed the meatballs with orechiette, kale and piave, but my last visit was the "salty" visit ... someone had a heavy hand in the kitchen. First time I've been disappointed in the food. Other recent reports have been better. I think the Skate sounds dreamy.

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    1. re: yumyum

      I completely agree on the Skate, I'm hoping someone will pipe in and give it a thumbs up.

      I'm a serious fan of duck though, and I don't think I've ever been able to resist a dish with 3 duck preparations. I may have to do some looking around at other people's plates when I get to the restaurant....

      1. re: yumyum

        yumyum, the Skate was indeed dreamy. Perfectly cooked, very delicate, tender flakes of fish with a nice sear on the bottom side. The brown butter sauce was a great complement, as were the little slices of citrus and the celery root (which I haven't eaten a lot of, but tasted very close to 1cm cubes of hash brown potatoes to me). The hazelnuts were tasty, but were kind of an odd component to the dish and didn't really add anything. But, they took little away, this dish is a winner, I'd highly recommend it.

        Other comments... I ordered the $9 charcuterie and was very disappointed in its size. Compared to other charuterie in the area (PRB, Troquet), it was miniscule with 4 or 5 small pieces of smoked pork shoulder, and a couple of miniscule servings of pate and liver. Also, it came with 3 champagne grape sized candied figs... I didn't get to try one, there were 4 of us at the table. Add one measily cornichon and this was a severe disappointment. For $9 I wasn't expecting much, but even if it were half the size of your typical charcuterie I would've been pleased... this was an eigth the size, a complete tease.

        Drinks were solid, if not a bit overpriced as well. My rye cocktail with herb infused cherry syrup was good, but tiny for $12. Wine by the glass pours were nice however. My DCs got the duck three ways -- one serving was a bit overcooked, but it was enjoyed none the less. Another got the salmon which got a decent review, but looked kind of sloppy to me. My wife had a huge salad of lettuce, red onion, apple, walnuts and cheddar which she enjoyed. Her scallop appetizer came with only 3 scallops, and she said it was good but not great.

        Service was attentive... they had a ton of servers there, I think I counted 6. Our waitress brought me the wrong drink order but it was quickly corrected just as I was telling my DCs I must've been served the wrong drink.

        Overall, I'd go just for the Skate. It was that good. I don't think you get a lot for your money here, and for given the location (you can feel the train rumble underneat you every 10 minutes), I think the restaurant is over-priced pretty much across the board. The food was solid, but I think you'd do better for your money elsewhere.

        1. re: heWho

          Thanks for reporting back. I went for a Sunday prix fixe there not too long ago and started with a lobster ceviche, and I swear it was about 2 bites of food. Two very good bites, but yeah. Your charcuterie experience doesn't surprise me that much.

          I think the best bet is to go for the Skate and sit at the bar. I always drink wine there and enjoy the carefully constructed list.

          1. re: heWho

            I got the salmon last Sunday (my review is on another post) and thought it was cooked perfectly.

        2. The skate is really delicious. I was there last weekend with my parents and my Mom got it. I've had the duck three ways in the past and really enjoyed it. My Dad got the roasted chicken (it had a Morrocean rub on Sunday but I know they change the seasoning reguarly) and it was one of the most juicy, delicious roast chickens I've had in awhile.

          Make sure not to skip dessert. The baked lemon pudding is AMAZING!

          1. Thanks for the recs, all. Ate there for prix fixe last night and your thoughts here were pretty spot on. Started with an octopus salad, which I really enjoyed, with some nice spice to it. Had the meatballs and toasted orecchiette w/kale -- delicious dish -- and the lemon pudding for dessert (also delicious and unique). Did taste the skate -- also very good, and the lamb w/flageolet (good as well).

            Have to say, too, that it was a great value for the quality -- and quantity (all three courses for all four [none of whom are shy with a fork] at our table were very nice sizes).

            Also, some very good wines by the glass, incl the red that was meant to go w/the prix fixe. And a great bar to eat at.