Le Rendez-Vous Bistro is a very charming and tiny little BYO French restaurant (10 tables) that recently celebrated their 14th Anniversary. I have never heard of this restaurant before, since I am not familiar with Kenilworth. About a month ago, I noticed a post in Chowhound that was raving about this restaurant, so Mrs. P & I decided to give it a try last night. Chef/owner Philippe Lievre is very sweet and talented. Last night he was working the kitchen all by himself, where he makes almost everything from scratch. Below was the main menu. He also had a special 4 course tasting menu for $60.00, but we ate off of the ala carte menu.
We started off with a very flavorful Lobster Bisque soup that contained huge chunks of nicely seasoned crab meat (which I later found out that the chef very generously comped us). We did share a couple of glasses of some nice French red blends with him.
Next we had the Escargot a la Nicoise which was nice & light, and very different than the usual heavy creamy garlicky preparation. The escargot were very tender.
We also had the Salad Chevre which was very good and filled with big chunks of blue cheese. The goat cheese croustillant had a nice little crust to it.
Unfortunately, the chef sold out of the Rabbit entree on Saturday night. I was really looking forward to it. However, the Pan seared duck breast with the most incredible homemade coq au vin ravioli was a worthy replacement.
Mrs. P had the Plancha, which featured bites of 4 different types of fish, and really enjoyed it.
Unfortunately, we were too full for dessert, but they looked amazing, and are all made in house. You can see that Chef Philippe puts a lot of care and love into his cooking. I would highly recommend this restaurant, if you are in the vicinity. It was well worth the 45 minute drive for us. Just make sure to make reservations, especially on Friday or Saturday nights, since it is such a tiny restaurant. Also, the chef will be closed from around the last week in March to mid April. He will vacationing in Colombia (where his wife is from).