Ren­dezvous — food worth re­turn­ing to

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By MERANIA KARAURIA

Glen Vi­vian’s aim is that you’ll want to keep re­turn­ing to Ren­dezvous at Sum­mer­hill.

Ren­dezvous means “a place to meet” and its point of dif­fer­ence is a menu that caters for all palates, from ca­sual or for­mal din­ers, out with the fam­ily, or in the bar tucked away relaxing in a sump­tu­ous leather sofa.

There are “big bloke” meals for the diner who needs to re­plen­ish their en­ergy.

Glen ex­plains: “We eat with our eyes and fill the stom­ach.”

Ren­dezvous serves a fu­sion of clas­sic dishes; slow-cooked win­ter warm­ers, and the Sun­day roast is a clas­sic with a twist. The desserts are old school and the mini Beignets are for the dough­nut lovers.

Yes, there are el­e­ments of fine din­ing; it’s served to your table by wait­ing staff.

The pro­duce is lo­cal and sea­sonal and the meat from the Whanganui re­gion is cooked to ten­der perfection. There’s mar­ket-fresh fish — bat­tered or crumbed snap­per which melts in your mouth, and if you’re just want­ing a cof­fee, it’s Fair Trade and a choice of milk. There’s also gluten and dairy-free.

The de­sign is of an ex­pan­sive lodge, and com­ing into win­ter the at­mos­phere is one of warmth. The qual­ity of the acous­tics means you can have a con­ver­sa­tion while eat­ing de­li­cious food.

Glen is a for­mer ac­coun­tant who once com­muted every two weeks to his home­land, South Africa. He did this for two and a half years. Now his jour­ney is fo­cused on “ev­ery­thing Ren­dezvous” on Ruapehu Drive.

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