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Rendesvouz

Last night I visited Rendesvouz, a newish restaurant in Central Square. It occupies a former Burger King spot, which is oddly apparent the moment you enter; see the sloped glass ceiling at the front of the dining room and the open kitchen at the back:

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While they've spruced the place up with low lighting and a rich paint job, it still had a bit of an odd, quick-serve restaurant feel (they should really rethink the view-through kitchen idea, because that adds to it).

Design oddities aside, the menu, service, and food were superb. We started off with a crisp bottle of L'Ecole Semillon and a few slices of fresh country bread, just like they serve in France: crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside. In fact, the little French touches - like the linen dish-towel napkins - almost made me forget we were dining at the former BK Lounge.

But then the real food arrived...and this is no burger joint. Thanks to the prix fixe special they are running throughout August (Tuesdays only?) I was talked into a 3-course feast, starting with a delicious summer salad (thin cucumber slices, black olives, tomatos, feta, and lots of mint), then moving to a roasted chicken breast with green beans and new potatoes, and wrapping up with a fluffy-lemony-pudding concoction. My friend started with a tuna ceviche, moved on to haddock in a basil/pesto/olive broth, and finished with an orange polenta cake with berries. The prices were reasonable and each course was absolutely delicious. Our server was also great - she was super attentive and knew the menu (and recipes!) inside out.

Rendevouz's website is also pretty interesting: it's a blog. On it, they provide standard restuarant site fare (location, hours, reservation info, etc.), plus the wine list, recipes and info on creators of the art work currently gracing their walls. But because it's a blog, management can easily update the content (as menus or artwork changes), and patrons can easily leave comments. Although the navigation is wonky on the secondary pages, and the restaurant name is conspicuously absent from the header, it's kind of a nice approach.

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