Le Rendez-Vous is appropriately named because this West Palm Beach restaurant offers a wonderful spot to meet with friends and enjoy a delightful meal.
I heard about Le Rendez-Vous from my friend Faith who, unfortunately, was not able to join me on this recent Road Trips For Food. I called to verify that the desserts are all made in house and when co-owner, Edouard, responded, “But, of course” with a fabulous French accent, I was sold.
We ordered the Foie Gras de Vincent (who happens to be the chef) both ways; slices of foie gras prepared with rum, ginger and lime and slices of foie gras prepared with chocolate and espelette pepper. Espelette peppers are originally from Mexico and were transplanted to France in the 1500s. Both kinds of Foie Gras were delicious.
We, also, shared the Cheese Platter that offered a lovely assortment of cheeses, served with a perfectly crusted baguette. One of the RTFFers, Kristen, cannot eat gluten. She was served a roll that looked more like a scone and could have fooled any of us. Yes, it was that good!
Everyone ordered whatever his or her heart desired for dinner. Most of us opted for either a salad or soup knowing that several desserts were coming out shortly.
There are five desserts on the dessert menu, of which we tried four. The fifth is a Crème Brulee with lavender, but we were not really a table of lavender lovers.
I saw the Apple Croustade when I first walked into the restaurant and thought it was, truly, gorgeous. We might have added a few more apples to the mix, because we all love our apples, but the crust was spot on; not too sweet and with a sprinkling of sugar over the top.
Mi-cuit means ‘semi-cooked’ and the best analogy for this chocolate cake is a lava cake. The delectable warm chocolate cake has a melted chocolate center and is dusted with espelette peppers (very, very subtly). This is served next to a cup of vanilla ice cream and strawberry coulis.
The Crêpe Suzette was just the way it is supposed to be. A very thin crêpe was topped with Le Rendez-Vous’ fabulous strawberry coulis and lit with Grand Marnier. Unfortunately, the fire code prohibits Le Rendez-Vous from flambéing the dessert tableside. C’est la vie. The dessert was still magnifique.
Our last dessert was the Chocolate Mousse. The consistency was just what one would hope it to be. Le Rendez-Vous had a mint chocolate mousse on the menu when we were there. I think we would have all preferred the traditional chocolate only version, instead.
Will I be heading back to Le Rendez-Vous? You better believe it. With food that was splendid and owners who were both welcoming and knowledgeable, this is a winning combination. After all it is hard to find a more appropriate spot to rendezvous with friends than Le Rendez-Vous.Le Rendez-Vous 221 Datura Street West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 561-766-1095 http://www.rendez-vous-wpb.com