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    MJ Review

    I don't post reviews very often, as there are so many helpful reviews and I don't often think there's much I can add. I certainly never thought I would post this one, but I felt compelled to do so, so here goes.

    I'm currently on day seven of a 10 day stay in Aruba. Two nights ago my friends and I went to Mme. Jeanette. We always look forward to this dinner as it's always been one of the best of our trip.
    I had a really good appetizer it was a shrimp casserole it was very spicy which I like. I order this every time I go and as always it was delicious. Next came the entrée and all four of us order the surf and turf. When the food came we were totally shocked, and i am not exaggerating.

    The steak was a piece of fillet that was approximately 2 ounces maybe it was three, but I'd be surprised if it was. it was about the size of my thumb, same on all four plates. The lobster tail was very small and it was really maybe 2 forkfuls of actual meat. We were so surprised because in the past when we ordered this dish the meat was generally about six or 7 ounce filet. The food was good tasty and quality but there was so little of it that it left us hungry. For this entrée we were charged $39. It made no sense because on the same menu was a 20 ounce bone in rib eye for the same price.

    We are not complainers, so we kept our mouths shut and ate, filling ourselves up a bit on bread. We passed dessert just because we were so disappointed. On the way out my friend stopped and spoke to Thomas the manager and Thomas was very nice, but hisvresponse was that yes they did make the meat smaller and he apologized he told us that the next time we come to remind him And he would take care of us whatever that meant. It really meant nothing because we come here once a year, and he's not going to remember. In all honesty I'm not sure that I'll go back to MME Jeanneatte.

    In contrast last night we went to Smokey Joe's for ribs best meal I've had on the island so far: cost was $50 per couple with the tip. Amazing.

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    It's a shame when a restaurant that is so successful makes such drastic changes. I have heard of others complaining about the portions. We didn't get there last trip but the last time we were there; their schnizlel was literally ther size of the dinner plate and I could only eat about a quarter of it. Hopefully they will take customer feedback into consideration. I do believe though you should email them and tell them of your experience.

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    Thanks for the review. I do hope they are able to find the happy medium. I've always felt the portions were way too large.
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    well that is so disappointing indeed

    we dined there 2x during our most recent trip in May and had 0 complaints.
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    my review is here.

    i hope MJs does not lose customers due to this new policy..if indeed it is a new policy.

    Quote Originally Posted by pratoman View Post
    I don't post reviews very often, as there are so many helpful reviews and I don't often think there's much I can add. I certainly never thought I would post this one, but I felt compelled to do so, so here goes.

    I'm currently on day seven of a 10 day stay in Aruba. Two nights ago my friends and I went to Mme. Jeanette. We always look forward to this dinner as it's always been one of the best of our trip.
    I had a really good appetizer it was a shrimp casserole it was very spicy which I like. I order this every time I go and as always it was delicious. Next came the entrée and all four of us order the surf and turf. When the food came we were totally shocked, and i am not exaggerating.

    The steak was a piece of fillet that was approximately 2 ounces maybe it was three, but I'd be surprised if it was. it was about the size of my thumb, same on all four plates. The lobster tail was very small and it was really maybe 2 forkfuls of actual meat. We were so surprised because in the past when we ordered this dish the meat was generally about six or 7 ounce filet. The food was good tasty and quality but there was so little of it that it left us hungry. For this entrée we were charged $39. It made no sense because on the same menu was a 20 ounce bone in rib eye for the same price.

    We are not complainers, so we kept our mouths shut and ate, filling ourselves up a bit on bread. We passed dessert just because we were so disappointed. On the way out my friend stopped and spoke to Thomas the manager and Thomas was very nice, but hisvresponse was that yes they did make the meat smaller and he apologized he told us that the next time we come to remind him And he would take care of us whatever that meant. It really meant nothing because we come here once a year, and he's not going to remember. In all honesty I'm not sure that I'll go back to MME Jeanneatte.

    In contrast last night we went to Smokey Joe's for ribs best meal I've had on the island so far: cost was $50 per couple with the tip. Amazing.
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 08-06-2013 at 10:06 AM. Reason: added Link for my review of MJ

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    I have reservations set for 8/24 - I'll be sure to let you all know what I find
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    In December 2011, we had a horrible experience at MJ (it was posted on my trip report) and I followed up with an email and the manager told us that the next time we came he would "comp" the meal for all 8 of us. I saved the email and when I made my reservation for Dec. 2012 I sent along the email with my reservation. In the year that passed there was a new manager and he still stood behind the word of the previous one. We had a wonderful meal and as a result MJ is back on the list for this year.

    Having said that, if we don't have a good experience then they will be off my list as there are far too many good places in Aruba to waste an evening on sub par dinners. While the portion size was always huge, cutting down might not be a bad idea, however, there is cutting down and totally reducing to the point of a "rip off". Will enjoy seeing what others have to report.
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    We ate there at the end of June and had the same portions we've always had and the best dining experience we've ever had with MJ's. Sorry to hear about your disappointment. Recommend you email MJ's and restate the issue so they are well aware of your feelings and expectations. Good luck.

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    Good suggestion, I will def email them when I get home!

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    mj's, slightly overrated.

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    Please tell me these reviews are wrong. I am on my last week of a three week stay in Aruba. We have always tried to save the best till last and will eat at my wife's favorite Latratori at the Light House tonite and I was looking to go to my favorite MJ's either Thursday or Friday night. Already did Zeerovers, Fish and More, Driftwoods, Scotts on the beach, etc etc. Now I must make the deceision on MJ. Please Help Me.

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