Disappointed by Bukharest
We went to Bukharest, a prominently-placed Indian restaurant in J.P., tonight. It didn't turn out well.
I have a small batch of complaints, which I won't get into. The main one, though, is worth posting:
The baingan bhartha (mashed eggplant with garlic, onions, and spices, cooked over open flame), which is normally supposed to be a bit smoky, tasted like someone had poured a generous helping of lamp oil or candle wax into the dish. It is plausible that a candle somehow found its way into the pot, as they serve all of the dishes over little candle-heated chafing trays.
Anyway, we sent it back, and they did offer to provide us with a different entree--which we appreciated--but our appetites were shot, and they didn't comp us for it because it was part of a vegetarian dinner for two. I'm not a fan of asking for comps, and we didn't make a fuss, but they're not going to see us in there again.
The new Vietnamese place next door looks good for our next visit, though.
I went to the Vietnamese place when it first opened, and have not been back. The food was okay, but expensive for Vietnamese. The fisherman's soup , my bellweather for vietnamese restuarants, was an appetizer sized bowl...And again, just okay...They have a liquor license, but I'd only bother if I lived right down the street...There are too many other great Vietnamese places around...I thought they were catering to white folks.