Rendezvous — food worth returning to
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.