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“Contemporary Pan-Asian”
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M Grille
Price range: US$30 - US$30
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Lady and Pulaski
Reviewed 3 March 2014

M Grille is a stylish contemporary Asian restaurant in what appears to be a rapidly-developing area on the edge of Columbia's entertainment district, and is walkable from downtown. The decor is clean and elegant, and service is friendly and attentive without being overwhelming, though if there were features on the night we visited, we weren't informed..

The menu ranges from Chinese to Southeast Asian, and seems to be centered on Japanese-inspired dishes. We had the pork belly starter, which was flavorful if rather more like a pork chop than I tend to think of pork belly. My wife had the flounder tempura with sweet & sour sauce. This was generously portioned, perfectly cooked, and tasty. I had the the Peking duck, which was quite good and also a fair value for the price.

My only real issue with this well-run restaurant is that it just seems...uninspired. Everything is competently done, but nothing really had pizazz. I would go again, and would certainly try the proprietor's other restaurants, but a little bit of edge or an experimental take on a dish would be very welcome.

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Reviewed 24 February 2014

Everyone in my party of 5 enjoyed their meal immensely! Cannot wait to go back and have the salmon again! it is a little noisy, we were there on a Saturday night and it was very crowded. Did not have to wait for a table, service was excellent. We also have enjoyed Miyos on Main and M Vista, both great restaurants in Columbia.

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Reviewed 22 February 2014

First time dining tonight. Very good experience. Food was excellent! Rock shrimp Rock!!! Will be back to try more selections.

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Reviewed 16 February 2014

We went here after reading Trip Advisor reviews and were not disappointed he décor is modern and crisp. The service was excellent. The food was delicious. As appetizer, I recommend the Short ribs and the crispy pork belly. For entrée, I liked the Peking duck. The preparation is that of a moo shoo duck with hoisin sauce. The Za Jan noodle was also quite good. The ingredients were fresh and the fusion of Asian dishes was wonderful. Definitely plan to return.

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Caroline H, marketing director at M Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2014

Dear customer,

Thank you so much for your nice review. We are so excited to hear that you enjoyed your first time at M Grille. We want to see you again soon!

Caroline H
Design & Marketing

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Reviewed 4 January 2014

OK. Let's get the relevant stuff out of the way!!! M Grille is a superior restaurant! M Grille serves amazing food conjured up by magical chefs using only fresh, local, superior ingredients! M Grille provides top of the industry servers and service! M Grille is not a pub or a bar so we accept without complaint that the bar service is the "Achilles heel" of the venture. But nothing detracts the amazing setting, service, and food on offer at M Grille! If you need to have a memorable night with special people you will always remember then M Grille. Now; we got the relevant stuff out of the way. The real deal or second mile experience is meeting and chatting with the creative personality and powerhouse behind this M Grille deal....Michelle Wang. We were blessed by the gods on our first and only visit to M Grille because Michelle was "in house" that night and not out tending to her culinary empire of six restaurants in Columbia. What an amazing coincidence as Michelle's story, passion, vision, and personality would be worth the visit even if the food, the facility and the service was zero on a scale of one to ten. The relevant details are all "5 Star" but the mother lode of this fine mine is Michelle. If you go and she's not there then you'll never notice! But if you go and she is there you'll never notice all the other details. We will return to M Grille but I will be terribly tempted to call ahead of time and check Michelle's schedule before we go. Thank you, Ms Wang!

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Caroline H, Guest Relations Manager at M Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2014

Thank you so much for your well written comment. We are so thrilled about your wonderful experience at M Grille. The concept and the food are truly amazing. And Michelle always strives to make her customers happy. Thank you.
M Gourmet Group Management

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