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Dine al fresco at Rendezvous 

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Balmy nights, superb food.

The balmy summer nights are here and what better way to take advantage of Tenerife’s assets than to dine al fresco?

 Finding the right location is not always easy, however. You might get the view but not the quality or service. The location might be too busy, too noisy or not intimate enough for your taste.

Fortunately, Rendezvous restaurant at the Winter Gardens in Golf del Sur has it all. Not only does it serve the most fantastic food, you can sit inside or out and its huge terrace overlooking the immaculate bowling green below provides the perfect venue for a great evening out under the stars.

We last reviewed Ren-dezvous in February when the weather was cooler but had been looking forward to our return to sample the cuisine again whilst enjoying the summer sunshine.

It was also nice to catch up with manager Stuart Scott and his team who looked after us so well and you feel that nothing is too much trouble to make your visit a memorable one.

Earlier in the year, we had chatted to a couple who were full of praise for Rendezvous which they always visited during their holidays, not once but three or four times.

On this occasion, there was a party going on inside (happy birthday, Mr Moon) and yet again there were many glowing compliments for the restaurant, the staff, the food and service. Do get in touch if planning a special occasion as there is also an additional functions room.

The interior of Rendezvous is very smart in rich claret and cream but the comfy sofas, tables and lighting on the terrace proved a combination too hard to resist. Others obviously felt the same, including a number of families with children who are very welcome and have their own menu for 5.95 euros. We have to say the youngsters were exceptionally well behaved.

Apart from the extensive wine list, Rendezvous offers pre-dinner drinks which my companions were very impressed with and we couldn’t resist sipping a very refreshing “Apple Mojito” whilst trying to choose our starters and main courses. There are always chef specials, such as “Brochettes of king prawns, monkfish, fresh salmon and king scallops served with basmati rice and crisp leaves with a warmed pesto and toasted pine nuts” (18.50 euros). This gives you some idea of the difficult task ahead!

Rendezvous aims to provide very good quality and ge-nerous portions, using fresh produce and unusual com-binations of flavours and sauces if you wish. There is something to suit all tastes, however, and you can tailor your meal to suit your budget. Side dishes such as fresh vegetables, salads or a choice of potatoes are charged separately for a small addi-tional amount.

One of the starters which really impressed us was traditional Canarian black pudding in a chilli pepper and garlic oil served with salsas and crusty bread (5.25 euros). This is black pudding like you have never tasted before in that it is sweet and nutty. Simply gorgeous. I went for the mushroom filled with spiced meat in a crisp batter topped with melted cheese (5.50 euros) which was lovely and reminded me just how big the portions are at Rendezvous. You won’t be short-changed here or go home hungry!

There must be at least 50 choices of mains, including chicken, meat specialities, fish, grills, salads and vegetarian options. Every dish which went past us looked mouth-watering and gave off such a tempting aroma (not least the mixed grill and giant Rendezvous burger) that we changed our minds several times but in the end, I went for “King prawn and salmon sautéed with pestro, garlic spaghetti with a saffron and pink peppercorn cream” (15.75 euros) because I fancied a different texture for a change. The prawns were particularly succulent and it was a lovely combination. My dining partner went for “Medallions of Beef Ren-dezvous, lightly sautéed and layered with King Prawns and mussels on a rich garlic and red wine jus with straw fried leeks” (15.95 euros) which she described as “gorgeous”.

The wine list also offers plenty of choice for both the palette and the pocket but we enjoyed the very affordable Artero house wine for 10.95 euros.

The Rendezvous terrace is big so you don’t feel hemmed in and you can chat without feeling everyone else is listening in to your conver-sation. Before we knew it, it was time for dessert so we indulged in a Baileys and Malteser cheesecake (heaven knows how many calories we consumed!) and the chef’s apple, pear and plum crumble with custard.

Some of you reading this review might well think we are duty bound to praise the food but believe me, it is not by chance that Rendezvous has built up an excellent reputation to the extent that it is frequently booked up weeks in advance for Christmas, New Year etc. Stuart and his team never sit on their laurels which is why people return time and time again for an experience that sets Rendezvous apart from others.

The restaurant is open every evening from 6pm. Of course you can just pop in but to book and to avoid any possible disappointment, please ring 922 738 683 (if ringing between 9am and 5pm) or 922 738 602 (between 5pm and midnight). You might also like to try the Rendezvous bistro which is on the same level as the bowling green and also serves great food in a more casual environment.

*Driving into Golf del Sur, Winter Gardens is on your right and there is free parking or you can walk in from the road behind which leads to the market site. There is full accessibility for the disabled.