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Mahle House,

We started going here and found it to be so fantastic (and a bit $$$) but so, so worth it, we said birthdays/anniversaries only. So, it began with Kelly’s birthday, then Carole and this past weekend with Suzanne and her husband, Victor.

We raved and raved about the food and what we would order, especially the Porcupine Shrimp. These are to die for.

Now it begins….Victor ordered the meal we had raved about…what came out was not even a close resemblance and it was so disappointing.

It was the braised short rib meal and it was NOT anywhere close to what we had.

Then came the steak dinner that Kelly and Don shared…well they both said it was totally unseasoned and they would not order it again.

I had always shied away from the Kale Caesar Salad (I hate kale) and they served something like the ‘salad’ I was served in Salt Lake City. 1/4 of a head of Romaine lettuce and a ton of dressing. That was it. Nothing was cut up (or torn), just this lump of lettuce. Maybe it is easier for men to attack this, but for women, I’m not sure.

Suzanne ordered the Seafood HotPot and she loved every bite of it. Don had this the last time we were here and he also loved it.

Now, it was Suzanne’s birthday and we have always had the wonderful dessert that was deconstructed with a chocolate layer on top. As the birthday girl is a chocolate lover, that is what we ordered (or thought we did). What came out was a lovely dessert and believe me, all three plates were almost licked clean, but it was not what we hoped it would be.

If there is a new Chef, please show him the way. We really love this restaurant but it was a disappointment to ‘show off’ Nanaimo’s best place for fine dining and it wasn’t this time.

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Montana’s Return

From previous reviews of Montana’s and our continued saga over steak dinners, their Manager, Rick called me and we discussed what had taken place over those few visits. I am thankful to say that Rick, allowing us to try again, sent a gift certificate to Don. I never, ever prepare a review expecting something in return

We did go again after a few months and both Don and Kelly ordered their steak dinners. I ordered my usual chicken dinner. Our server, Karli, was very pleasant and helpful. She actually brought crayons to the table for the two ‘kids’.

When the meals arrived, it was a bit of a shock to see. Kelly and Don ordered the very same meal, both medium/rare and they got two very different steaks. Don’s was appearing to be larger than the 7 oz. steak ordered and Kelly’s was appearing to be a different piece of meat and less than the 7 oz. ordered. We asked Karli to return Kelly’s steak as it was cooked medium and not medium rare. By the time it came back, both Don and I had finished our meal. Kelly said the cook on the steak was better than the first one, but both of them said the meat was under seasoned.

When Karli came back to the table to take the remaining plate from the table, we asked to see Rick (he was there). He acknowledged the situation in the kitchen and apologized. We asked about the Churro’s for dessert and they are no longer on the menu.

We know Montana’s is a family restaurant and famous for their ribs and we wish them the very best. We can hardly wait for the Brisket to return to the menu.

In the meantime, we will continue our enjoyment of local restaurant visits in the area as we have no qualms paying for quality meals.

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