Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Rendez-Vous in Lake Forest

Rendez-Vous in Lake Forest offers dishes from both European and Persian cuisine
(image Rendez-Vous website)

Awhile ago, a friend and I hit up Rendez-Vous in Lake Forest, a café that sells Persian and European fare. Kinda exotic for a place that looks pretty plain from the outside and is located in the same plaza as a car rental place, but I was intrigued nevertheless.The inside was modern, clean and empty, which I know tends to be a bad sign when dining.

Although the vegetarian options are limited, we started out with Maust’ Khiar (shown right), which is a creamy dip made of yogurt, chopped cucumber, and garnished with chopped mint. It was served with some flatbread and while I thought the bread was a little ordinary (you could find it in any store) the Maust’ Khiar was refreshing, creamy and tangy.
Panini mozzarella tomate

For our entrees, I stayed on the European side of the menu, and ordered the panini mozzarella tomate, with a lot of basil tucked in between the melted cheese and toasted bread. It was crisp, and well-balanced among the ingredients, and came with a fairly large spring salad.

Chicken Salad

My friend ordered a chicken salad, which included marinated chicken diced and served over a large green salad with balsamic vinaigrette. She loved it, and said the chicken was moist and flavorful, and the salad looked crisp and fresh.

For dessert we had bastani, which is a Persian ice cream that reminded me a lot of pistachio ice cream, only this was more yellow and creamy.

By the time we were scraping the ice cream off the sides of the bowl, the restaurant was beginning to fill up, both with takeaway orders and people dining in. By this time we didn’t need any more reassurances, we knew that the excellent service and tasty dishes would make this a popular place with the foodies looking for something different for dinner.  

20651 Lake Forest Dr
Lake Forest, CA 92630


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