Café Le Rendez-vous
Every once in a while, you need an eatery that makes you feel like you’re anywhere but well, here. That for that hour or two, there exists the tantalizing and entirely implausible possibility that you’ll walk out of the Café Le Rendez-vous and think that you are in a totally different environment.
Some establishments accomplish that via the food or the decor, and it’s often those that manage to do both, that tend to become regular haunts. Add to that list now, Café Le Rendez-vous is an eatery that’s popped up in the heart of the city just minutes from Prahladnagar. The café achieves its escapist fantasy through its simplicity, and being part of the beautiful Alliance Française designed by renowned architect Canna Patel, the offer of an all-day dining spot, and an affordable menu that spans from breakfast to post-work munchies with a non-judgmental charm. (Breakfast is offered all day).
The café is one of the few in the city, which opens early as well closes as late. As in Europe, it is possible to have an excellent espresso on the way to work! As its name suggests, it is a meeting place and is ideal to grab a great cup of coffee with friends, to have lunch with colleagues or enjoy a relaxed evening meal.
Café Le Rendez-vous occupies the narrow garden next to the building’s entrance. Generous U-shaped benches provide a great space for large sociable gatherings and smaller tables are positioned under the covered space. There are trees and the beginning of what appears be a beautiful garden. Its serene environment, beautiful furniture and colourful crockery add to its charm. In short, it’s the sort of happy place for those who want to make an afternoon or evening of it.
The menu, created by Ms. Shah (a hotel management graduate from Switzerland), is one of the better designed ones that we’ve seen in the city, which not only offers waffles on its menu but also a bit of French food such as quiches, crêpes and lemon tart. Like most café fare, it’s a disparate mish-mash that is drawn from various countries. Its list of foods includes a watermelon salad with feta, vol au vent, Thai curry and some Mexican dishes.