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Cafe M - Haddonfield NJ

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Cafe M - Haddonfield NJ

leek from chicago | Apr 20, 2004 04:13 PM

Hi

We had a 6:30 Saturday reservation for 3 people, and I called to make it 4 people. The guy I talked to on the phone kept saying "oh that's impossible, just impossible, that's impossible" and when I said "excuse me?" he mumbled something, and I think he might have actually been talking to someone else while on the phone with me, or maybe making a weird attempt at a joke. Either way, he then said it would be fine.

We arrived and our table was ready, a pretty table right in the window. My dad asked for an iced tea with lots of lemon "in the biggest glass you have." So they brought his iced tea in a large plastic container normally used to get potato salad at the grocery store. It was hard to drink from, he had to use both hands. We weren't sure if the waitress really wanted to be helpful and get him a big glass, and thought that was a glass, or if it was some sort of joke. That sort of set the tone for the evening.

Service was spotty - we seemed to have 3 different waitstaff. The first one poured our wine, and managed to lose a bunch of our champagne (I had suggested we let it cool a bit first, but she was eager), and the second brought bread while the first was pouring, so he went away with the bread and I had to beg him to bring some (they don't usually give you bread until the menus are gone because people were getting food on them, but I wanted some bread to clear my mouth before tasting my wine, so I said "really please just one piece of bread, it's already too late for my menu" which had gotten some champagne on it when my glass was poured - so he relented and brought the bread).

For appetizers, my friend got the shrimp bisque, I got the crustacean tower, my folks split the caeser salad. Mine was fantastic, sweet wakame with 2 little towers of crab meat topped with a sesame crust. The bisque was more like ones I've had in the Caribbean than the classic pale French one, but it was tasty, and the Caeser was completely not Caeser salad, other than having romaine lettuce. My dad has a dietary restriction, and a Caeser salad is usually safe - not this one, he had to send it back. So I think they ought to have mentioned that it wasn't a classic Caeser.

My dad and friend both got filet mignon, and they said it was dry and slightly overcooked (last time my dad said it was undercooked). My mom got the lime roasted Tiger Prawns, which she liked a lot. I got the Tea-smoked Duck, which was odd. It was sort of gummy and salty. I ate the salad, which was fine - the proportion of dressing to leaf was just right.

We didn't get dessert, though we heard the descriptions. Only the ice creams appealed to me, but I'm not a huge chocolate fan - and I understand the chocolate desserts are the way to go here.

Cafe M (or is it M Cafe?)
141 KINGS HIGHWAY EAST
(856) 795-7232

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