Have you been in a rendezvous? A rendezvous is French in origin which means a meeting at an agreed time and place. While a meet up might be the best and easiest term to use, a rendezvous evokes an image of being discreet, a secret meeting in a quiet, unobtrusive location.
Tucked in a corner of a mall a floor away from regular mall-goers.
I chanced upon such a perfect place for a rendezvous in a mall. The ambience was cool, lighting was just right, and there was enough space. It has all the features one would probably want for a quiet moment with a friend, a loved one, or a lover.
There is a bar perfect for a group, or for individuals who'd like the opportunity to meet people.
The bar, being a public place, will never give you enough privacy, but the atmosphere in this one makes it different from a coffee shop. You can get cozy and a little private away from random eyes. Food and drinks are not pricey as well.
The Vmax Cinema and Bar in Top Ryde is a perfect rendezvous place.
The VMax Cinema and Bar at Level 4 of Top Ryde City Shopping is a full-service restaurant which includes in-cinema service. Finger food costs from $5 to $19, and you can choose from a nut mix, honey peanuts, french fries, bruschetta pomodoro, beer battered onion rings and thick cut fries, fritto misto, Peking duck pancakes, and cheese arancini.
For something to satisfy real hunger, the restaurant has nachos grande - white corn tortillas with Mexican black beans, melted Monterey, house-made guacamole, sour cream, sliced jalapenos, and a choice of chili beef or pork carnitas, for $20. For the same price, you can have mezze, a thinly-sliced Italian small goods with Sicilian olives, balsamic onions, fresh-baked rosemary ciabatta and grissini house-made dips, pickled vegetables, and cheese.
The $20 sliders are their signature petite burgers served on brioche with fries or onion rings, with a choice of pulled pork, southwest slaw, and smokey barbecue sauce, or Wagyu beef, American cheddar, red onion chutney, and garlic aioli.
For $19, you also get your choice of wood-fired pizzetta, such as spiced Italian sausage, mixed forest mushrooms, black olives, and truffle oil, or barbecue chicken, flamed red peppers, and red onion jam, or margherita, the buffalo mozzarella with baby cherry tomatoes and baby basil.
The wine list at VMax is not bad and quite affordable from $7 a glass, or up to $48 a bottle. It includes a range of reds and whites, both local and imported, such as the Willowglen semillon sauvignon blanc from the Riverina and the Babich pinot noir from New Zealand.
The VMax Cinema and Bar is not just perfect for a rendezvous, it is also a great option for pre-movie or post-movie drinks. The Top Ryde City Shopping mall is quite accessible through Lane Cove Road, with multi-level parking from the Devlin and Tucker streets entrance.