here's a challenge.
it's my mom's birthday next weekend and i'm trying to find a nice place to go friday night. i thought chez henri would be nice, but unfortunately they don't take reservations for parties less than 5. and she doesn't drink, so the bar is not an appealing place to spend half an hour.
it's never easy finding a place for her, because she is quite a picky eater. rather than list the things she will not eat (though i will begin with saying she won't touch anything that flies, and red meat is not a favorite, either), i will just say that she really likes shrimp and salmon, and she likes lots of flavor (e.g., curries, szechuan food, thai). she also doesn't like going into the city, where parking can be a pain (she's not the valet-type). and she doesn't really like places that don't feel comfortable inside (so holes in the wall are out of the question)...
so you see my dilemma. if anyone has suggestions for other places i might be able to try, i'd definitely appreciate it! cambridge and surrounding areas (belmont, watertown, arlington, newton) would be great.