Wound up at the Indian restaurant - Barkaahh? It is across the street from CVS on Centre Street. The Dosa was very good, but the yogurt was skimpy. The lentil soup was hot and spicy. H had goat stew which he said was excellent (I don't eat goat). My uncle had mango chicken, but thought it was too spicy and didn't eat it. Looked good though.
Side of white rice and fresh pita to cut the heat and very large bottles of beer. Would definitely go back. The biggest disappointment was the ginger ice cream. It was awful. No creamy, ice cream feel. Was more like ginger ice served with whipped cream and a cherry - YUCK.
Why doesn't he like Ten Tables? Apparently had a bad experience with the service there and won't go back. When we drove by, there was a line out the door, so probably just as well.
Thanks for the suggestions. Will keep them in mind for the next time.
re: kate used to be 50
If you are going to do Indian in the JP area I heartily recommend venturing down to West Roxbury to eat at Himalayan Bistro on Centre Street. Hands down it the best Indian in the area (maybe all of Boston?). While Bukhara is OK (I give it a C+/B-) it doesn't have nearly the punch or freshness of HB (solid A).
I really don't like the food at the Alchemist. After one of our 'hound regulars suggested a couple of weeks ago that maybe I should try it again, I did. Blech. GREAT cocktails, though.
I moved to JP in February, and here's where I'll go:
Cafe D or Zon's
Dogwood is fine enough, skip James Gate
JP Seafood for sushi ain't bad
El Oriental de Cuba
Why won't he go to Ten Tables? Might inform recs....
Cafe D is a perfectly fine dining option - fair amount of variety, reasonable price, decent space.
Zon's is similar - but grungier and darker
James Gate continues the trend toward informality
Bukhara has decent Indian food
Dogwood Cafe has decent pub fare
I could go on....