Last month, Dave’s family and I spent a wonderful evening at Rendezvous in Central Square. I did not survey the entire group on the specifics regarding what they thought of their dish, but I can tell you that everyone was extremely satisfied with their food. I wanted to share some snapshots of the food, as it was visually stunning, and there was an abundance of natural light, a rarity when you are eating dinner.
Boston lettuce with apples, cheddar cheese, spiced pecans and cider vinaigrette.
Simple salad of mesclun greens with sherry-mustard seed vinaigrette
The Rendezvous charcuterie assortment.
Selection of three farmhouse cheeses from Formaggio Kitchen, served with sliced apple, preserved oranges, and almonds.
Crispy roast chicken with preserved lemon, braised artichokes and shaved
Gascon-style duck three ways: sliced breast, garlic sausage and confit leg.
Skillet-roasted skate wing with asparagus, meyer lemon and hazelnut brown butter.
Tuscan-style soup of cannellini beans, farro and black truffle.
Lemon-buttermilk pudding with huckleberry sauce.
Strawberry-rhubarb shortcake with mint and sweet cream.
Chef-owner Steve Johnson has been selecting ingredients based on seasonality long before it was trendy and Rendezvous boasts a rooftop garden that grows herbs for the restaurant. Chef Johnson is particularly knowledgeable when it comes to seafood, something he has become an expert in, living on a houseboat south of Boston one night a week for half the year. I first became intrigued by Rendezvous after reading this New York Times article last summer about the simple yet elegant meals Steve prepares for himself when on his boat, sourcing all his ingredients from nearby. His skill at transforming a few simple ingredients into something memorable is evident in all of the dishes at Rendezvous. Chef Johnson was kind enough to stop by our table and introduce himself. He has a kind and easygoing demeanor, something that extends to the entire dining experience and, along with the food, makes Rendezvous a highly worthy destination in Cambridge.
502 Mass Ave