“As someone who is of Chinese descent, I’m quite familiar with the two dishes that I ordered; something that would help me in forming an objective verdict.”
Rendezvous is definitely no spring chicken in the business, with the Chinese restaurant having opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1973. The interior sports a blast-to-the-past decor, with dim lights and Chinese ornaments hanging on top of the cashier counter to imply the origins of its owners.
I was handed two menus as I sat down at a table. The first one listed all the dishes that are in Rendezvous’ arsenal, while the other contained its signature dishes. After scanning through the two, I opted for Gurame Tahu Tausi (fried gourami with tofu and black bean sauce) and Lindung Cah Fumak (stir-fried eel with fumak vegetables).
As someone who is of Chinese descent, I’m quite familiar with the two dishes that I ordered; something that would help me in forming an objective verdict. Both dishes proved to be very satisfying. The gourami fish was impeccably crispy, while the chunky tofu pieces showered with black bean sauce delivered a succulent taste. Its portion was quite big as well; perfect for sharing with your friends or family. The Lindung Cah Fumak’s deep-fried eel packed an exhilarating crunch, with the fumak balancing the salty taste of the eel.
The affordable price of each dish is definitely a plus point, with it costing far less compared to other Chinese joints. Husband-and-wife owners Lilyana and Lukman were on hand when I made way to its cashier. They told me that they first started out selling Bakmi Goreng (fried noodles) and Nasi Goreng (fried rice) in Taman Menteng. They relocated to Jalan Johar in 1985, and since then, they’ve never opened up a new branch. As Rendezvous was teeming with customers at the time, I couldn’t manage to speak to them thoroughly on the history behind the restaurant, though. However, I was satisfied by what I just ate, and I would definitely be coming back to bring my parents.
By Jessicha Valentina
Jl. Johar No. 2B-C,
Menteng, Central Jakarta
T: 021 390 5973
Open daily from 10.30am-10.30pm
Rp.70,000/US$5.20 per person