Disappointed by Bukharest
- Gabe Handel
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.
Not interested in Indian food but the Vietnamese place next door is frequented by friends. Same goes for the Thai place right next to it. Those 2 places are actually owned by the same person and they share the bathrooms and I think the kitchen. Check them out.