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Nov 13, 2010 11:11 AM

Ten Tables JP vs. Cambidge

I'm a long time, big time fan of Ten Tables in JP, but haven't been to the one in Cambridge yet. Anyone been to both, and care to offer a comparison?

Ten Tables
5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

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  1. I've been to both but only once. I think the food was very comparable, but had 2 totally different dining experiences.

    In JP, sat at the small bar adjacent to kitchen along with DC. Chatted with the chef and enjoyed watching the food being prepared. Fun night!

    In Cambridge, we felt cramp3ed and found the dining room noise nearly unbearable and couldn't wait to leave. Next time I go it will definitely be JP.

    1. I also enjoy the JP space more all around, though I think the high level of the food is equal in both places.

      1. We really liked our experience at 10 Tables JP back when there was only one.

        Once the Cambridge place opened, we went (it is a lot closer) and the food was rather good but the dining area is dark and somber as opposed to JP's more open and modern space.

        We returned to the JP place since then and we were disappointed. We then learned that the good chef that we experienced the first time in JP moved to the Cambridge location. Instead of repeating that experience which was kind of lacking, our next visit to JP led us to enjoy VeeVee down the street.

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        1. re: yarm

          I remember management telling me that David Punch splits his time between the two. Did that change?

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            No clue. I heard otherwise as an explanation for the disparity of experiences. If that's the case, instead of trying to figure out his schedule, we'll opt for more consistent locales.

            1. re: MC Slim JB

              I read somewhere (Boston Magazine? a weekly?) that Chef Punch still oversees both menus, but he only cooks in Cambridge now. I have no idea if that is true.

          2. I don't know the chef in JP, but I can say that last night we had dinner there and were very happy. A beet terrine with arugula and toasted pistachios was fantastic; refined and flavorful. My arctic char was delicious; perfectly cooked and seasoned with wild rice and baby roasted artichokes. My wife had the TT burger, which, again, was perfectly cooked. The wine suggestions were perfect. It was a delightful evening. I overheard the owner say that she was working on a place in Provincetown, which makes us very happy since we have a place there.