The perfect place for a Rendezvous
Photo by Doug Davidson
Rendezvous Restaurant at the Winter Gardens complex in Golf del Sur is undoubtedly one of Tenerife’s success stories. Opened three and a half years ago, it has gained an excellent reputation which means that if you want to ensure a table, it is always better to book. The same goes for special occasions such as Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve which have already secured reservations for even 2016!
All this has not come by accident, however. It is down to a great deal of hard work, planning and always putting the enjoyment of customers right at the top of the list. As manager Stuart Scott told us on a really lovely review night: “We want our diners to go home wanting for nothing.”
Judging by our own response and those of people we spoke to, Rendezvous is achieving exactly that. Mike and Tina from Stafford said they had been coming to the restaurant since it opened and on this particular holiday had eaten there three times in ten days. With a really extensive menu, Mike made us laugh by asking for the only thing not on it – haggis – but it was all in jest. He knew what he wanted, namely the King prawns, scallops, mussels and fresh salmon sautéed with garlic and shallots in a rich cream and white wine sauce topped with a potato rosti (16.95 euros) which he described as “divine”.
Mike was also very compli-mentary about manager Stuart who was later at pains to stress that Rendezvous was very much a team effort. He said everyone had a part to play and said he would love to pay credit to Amanda, Csaba, Mel, head chef Colin, Simon, James, Jamie and Mary (and we are happy to oblige, with apologies for anyone inadvertently left out!)
This was our first time to the restaurant though we have eaten several times at the Rendezvous bar and bistro below it on the same level as the bowling green.
We were very impressed with the interior decor in rich claret and cream and the tables looked very inviting, set with gleaming cutlery, glasses and real napkins. Because it was a chilly night, we sat indoors but there is a big terrace which comes alive in the warm evenings with comfy sofas, pergola and lovely lighting.
We already suspected it was going to be a memorable occasion and reading the menu confirmed this. I tried to find the right words to describe to Stuart how I was feeling about the restaurant and “a sensual experience” came to mind. This is because the dishes are so beautifully described, such as the main course of “Medallions of beef Rendezvous lightly sautéed and layered with King prawns and mussels on a rich garlic and red wine jus with straw fried leeks” (15.95 euros) or the starter “Traditional Canarian black pudding (marcilla) in a chilli pepper and garlic oil served with typical Canarian salsas and crusty bread” (5.25 euros). You could imagine the taste even before the plates arrive.
I opted for “Pork fillet medallions pan-fried with a dijon and herb crust on a white wine and apple liquor sauce” (12.95 euros) whilst my husband went for a really hearty “Rump steak and Guinness pie in a light puff pastry case” (10.95 euros). Both were gorgeous.
Each Thursday for the week ahead, there is a chef’s special menu which is brought to your table as you arrive, together with the pre-dinner drinks list and wine menu. I couldn’t resist as my starter “Mini fillets of salmon topped with a jalapeno green salsa crust on dressed courgette ribbons and a Greek mint yoghurt and quennelled cream cheese” (8.25 euros). The sauce was beautiful and it looked as good as it tasted.
I am a big fan of unusual stet and the ones used at Ren-dezvous are stunning. It’s all part of the detail for which the team strives.
The menu offers something for all tastes, including chicken, meat specialities, fish, vegetarian options, steaks, salads and specials for the children. Likewise, there is an extensive wine list, with the “Artero” house rosé, red or white priced at a very reasonable 10.95 euros. You can choose French, California, Spanish, Tenerife, Australian etc.
Just recently, Rendezvous has changed its pricing structure but that hasn’t meant an across-the-board increase. Instead, vegetable, salad and potato side dishes are charged separately which means you can tailor your meal to both your appetite and your wallet. My husband, for instance, loves steak and chips but always leaves the garnishes etc. The Rendezvous approach there-fore avoids unnecessary waste and expense.
Stuart told us that a lot of people come to the restaurant specifically for the vegetables and our bowl of cauliflower cheese, broccoli and carrots oozed freshness and flavour.
Despite being very full and satisfied, we felt it only polite to sample the desserts, of course! The chef’s apple and plum crumble (4.50 euros) was heavenly and very plentiful, as was the warm chocolate fudge cake (4.50 euros) both with ice-cream.
A look around the adjacent special functions room which is available to hire for up to 90 people was much appreciated to work off a fraction of the calories and it was good to see classy ladies’ and gents’ rooms, plus facilities for the disabled (the restaurant, like the rest of the Winter Gardens, has ramps and lifts).
We would rate Rendezvous very highly with excellent food and service but not a hint of stuffiness. You are made to feel very welcome and we can see why people return time and time again. The restaurant is open every evening from 6pm. Of course you can just pop in but to book, please ring 922 738 683 (if ringing between 9am and 5pm) or 922 738 602 (between 5pm and midnight).