SCRUMPTIOUS SURPRISE AT RENDEZVOUS
By Marcelle Naidoo
A hidden gem. DUT’s student-run restaurant could be the solution to the Durban University of Technology’sunhealthy food crisis.
The foods served on DUT’s campuses are usually snacks that are prepared quickly because of the high number of students being catered for. Most of these foods are either deep fried or drenched in fat. This led to many students visiting outside restaurants. The unhealthy options which are being served are not only harmful to students but also contribute largely to the growing obese population in South Africa.
Rajna Daya, a student at DUT, got severely ill following a purchase she made at her campus cafeteria. She mentioned that she would never buy anything from the cafeteria again.
“It’s safer to bring your own lunch,” she said.
The running of a restaurant is part of the 2nd year Consumer Science course at the University. The students take turns working here and are assessed accordingly. Rendezvous is an elegantly designed restaurant situated on the Steve Biko campus. It is open to the public as well as students on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The menu changes weekly to provide customers with a variety and the day’s specials are always up on the board. Some of the tasty treats you can indulge in include moist and spicy carrot cake, fresh salads, healthy wraps, toasted sandwiches, nachos, as well as home meal replacements such as stir fry’s and pastas both in chicken or veg. All meals are prepared by students with the assistance of lecturers; the prices are affordable and suited to fit the budget of a student.
The student-run restaurant has a chilled yet sophisticated atmosphere- it is a wonder that not many students know about it.
Zandisile Magini, a second year Consumer Science student said, “Working here is quiet a good experience though it does get a bit hectic at times. But I’m learning a lot about the restaurant industry and I’m having fun.”
He mentioned that Rendezvous was advertised using a Facebook page, however not many students are aware of it. The students are amazingly friendly as they make sure you are comfortably seated and served. Because this is part of an assessment for them, a questionnaire is given to customers and they can critique their service as well as the food.
Customers can also phone in and make bookings at the restaurant which is convenient for most students who are in a hurry between lectures.
Rendezvous serves as a learning tool for consumer science students and an affordable luxury to the rest of Dut.