Pava in Newton Center is very good but somewhat stark atmosphere. Kouzina in Waban is excellent and cozy. On Route 9 there is the Metropolitan Club which is a nice atmosphere and quiet, Aquataine Bis and Legal on the other side of the road and Bernard's Chinese Restaurant in the back on the second floor of the Chestnut Hill MAll. Nice atmosphere and great fresh food although not "authentic."
Congratulations to your aunt. Hope she is going strong.
Keep in mind that most Newton restaurants serve brunch at Sunday noon. Some will have some lunch dishes but the slant will be toward brunchy items like eggs benedict.
I have had very good food at Aquitaine Bis on Route 9 next to the Shaw's/Star Market. The menus are on line. It also will be easy to park and get your aunt into the restaurant. Also they take reservations on opentable.com.
I strongly agree with both the Aquitaine Bis & Metropolitan Club recs. The Met also can be reserved through open.table.com so they're even on that count as well. Both also do a nice brunch. Boy, I wish all resto decision had to be made between two such equally fine recs.
Here's the Met's link; http://www.metclubandbar.com/
1210 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
11 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
I have to respectfully disagree about Aquitaine Bis...I have been there for lunch and it was inedilble...gristly chicken salad, poorly seasoned soup. Tried twice, have enjoyed the South End original, and won't go back to the Chestnut Hill one.
I would vote for Kouzina for atmosphere; Pava's good but a little fussy, I think. The lighting is incredibly bright (which could be a plus if your aunt has vision trouble).
I know it's not a foodie place by a long shot, but the Union Grill in Union Square has a huge brunch and outdoor seating. It was actually quite good a couple weeks ago. Made-to-order omelettes, yogurt bar, fresh fruit.
Also Ariadne in Newtonville might be a good choice--though I haven't been in a long time. Anyone else have recent experience?
Happy and healthy birthday, Aunt Mmalmad!