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Gabriel’s Gourmet Cafe, Nanaimo

This was called “Best of Nanaimo #1 and I am in total disbelief. At lunch time, there was 7 people eating and we made it 9. You have to pick up a menu, look it over, go to the desk, pay for it and then find a place to sit. Okay.

Don and I have travelled extensively in the U.S.A., Europe, and Canada and I have been able to order anything on their menus without a problem, except for here. This is far from gourmet.

We finally agreed on their Eggs Benny, as there was not another thing on this menu that I could or would eat. After a lengthy wait, it came out. The pan fried potatoes were mostly burnt and on the ‘old’ side but lots of them. The eggs were hard to see and this is why. The English muffins never saw a grill or toaster, they were soggy and very slimy in texture. This was due to the fact they were covered with chopped tomatoes and lettuce. The eggs had some sauce on them but were totally covered with green onions and were cold. I guess they ran out of avocado as it was awol.

The server asked how we loved their food and we told her it was cold. She did offer to re-do the eggs but we were so turned off with the offering, we declined. Even Don felt the same and, believe me, he can eat almost anything.

This was, by the way, $47.00 of total disappointment.

There is not a single item on the menu that is not covered with chipotle sauces, harissa, green onions, cilantro, kimchi, gochujang mayo. Will we return? Not ever.


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Anniversary Celebration Dinner-Cactus Club

We went to the Cactus Club for our dinner to celebrate 32 years of marriage (anyone surprised here?) I mean location  not our years. I mean location of our dinner here. Don is not changeable.

I ordered the usual fabulous dinner and Don ordered the Cajun Steak with Prawns and loved every mouthful. The food i s always consistent here for sure.

Also in the consistent category are the servers. Last night we had Dylan and could not have had better service or attitude. Whoever hires at the Cactus Club – great kudos to you. Now, as a favour, don’t change a thing. When you have it right – never change it.

Thank you for a beautiful dinner out on the patio (weather was perfect), wonderful conversations with Dylan

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