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    Madame Janette's Review from Maggi

    Continuing with my previous comments about this establishment, I will elaborate for anyone interested in hearing more. Why have we eaten here twice in one week, with plans to return again tomorrow for Oktoberfest?

    My criteria for a restaurant are simple. At the risk of sounding arrogant, first of all it has to taste at least as good or better than what I am able to produce. And second, it has to be a good value for my money. I have some limited experience in the food industry and I know what things cost vs. what is charged for those dishes. I understand foods that are more labor intensive will, deservably, cost more. But you will never see me ordering a plate of spaghetti or grilled salmon at a restaurant. I usually order things I don't cook at home, or, in the case of Thai or Indian, foods that require cultural knowledge, ingredients or techniques.


    In the case of Madame Janette's, I do understand German food, being from Austria. I can honestly say this food was better than mine. Most importantly it was seasoned properly. Restaurant food is often bland and undersalted to please the masses. Not so here. The goulash soup was a dark red from the paprika, the pork schnitzel (sometimes traditionally prepard with the drier veal) was perfectly cooked and juicy, It was so huge it still tasted great as leftovers the next two days. My advice is to take the meal slow, pacing yourself and eat only half to leave room for dessert.

    And you don't want to miss dessert. The "big spoon" consists of something my Austrian mother used to make for us. Hers was a thick puffy, eggy, pancake, cut into pieces and sprinkled with powdered sugar, served with fruit. Theirs is a "kicked up" version, annointed with authentic Austrian Stroh rum, carmelized sugar, gooseberries with blueberry sauce and on and on. I hope the restaurant forgives me for perhaps not describing the ingredients correctly.

    You will end up taking much of your meal home. That is where the value part of my criteria comes in. Not only did our leftovers taste as good for dinner the next night, they saved us money by not having to buy another meal.

    In summary, Chef Boris cooks as though he were cooking for an intimate dinner party of 12, not for 200 or more covers a night. That is extremely hard to do. A chef has to come up with a delicious, cost effective menu that is doable for the staff and he has to train that staff to be consistent for every patron. Speaking of staff, the servers we had both nights were exemplary. They neither ignored us or rushed us. They were knowledgable about the menu. They did ask if everything was ok, but did not constantly interrupt us. They certainly earned a good tip at the end of the night. Thanks Nicholas and Emori.
    Last edited by maggiwun; 10-23-2014 at 11:22 AM.

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    Super Moderator Jacki's Avatar
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    Thank you for your review!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    What a wonderful review. You have such great detail. We have always enjoyed Madame Janette's. Regretfully we have never had room for dessert. Next time I think we'll get one to go. I am so jealous of anyone going to Octoberfest because I'm sure they will do a fabulous job.

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    Thanks for such a great review of MJ's.

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    Really wish I could have joined you! Nice review.... thanks!

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    I have never had the big spoon dessert there.
    actually we rarely have dessert there.........too full!!

    life is too short, we should all eat dessert first.

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    I have never eaten at Madame Jeanette's and reviews like this have me kicking myself for not going. It is definitely on the must do list for our next trip.

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    That's nice you had a nice meal there.
    everyone has their own thoughts on the place
    we will unfortunately never go back

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    that is so sad cindy and rob
    i wish that they had brought you a better salad and better looking bang bang shrimp and served the lamb glaze on the side.
    up til this past visit you had never been disappointed.



    Quote Originally Posted by cindyo View Post
    That's nice you had a nice meal there.
    everyone has their own thoughts on the place
    we will unfortunately never go back

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    Senior Member rob o's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    up til this past visit you had never been disappointed.
    You're correct, Andrea, up until this most recent visit it was on our list of favorites. One might wonder how one bad visit could cause us to say that we won't return but, as you well know, Aruba has a wealth of fine restaurant options. Prices at MJs are high enough that one bad night is one too many to absorb.

    Everyone has to try and decide for themselves, I guess.
    Last edited by rob o; 10-26-2014 at 09:35 PM.
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