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Dinner with octogenarians in the western burbs

Blumie | Nov 20, 201604:04 PM

Dad is 89, mom is 85. They live in Newton, and I try to take them out at least once a month.

They have enjoyed Lumiere, but have not been as happy with it since it changed hands.

We all love Sichuan Gourmet (Framingham location), but we've grown tired of it from going so often (and the one time the elevator was out of service was not fun!). It's still high on the list, but we need alternatives.

Solea is reliable, if a bit dull.

We used to go to Aquitaine Bis, but grew tired of it. Plus, though good, it's certainly not great.

Oga's was a huge hit last night, and we'll certainly return. We split a number of appetizers (veg. tempura, soft shell crab tempura, gyoza, pork buns, a beautiful Japanese take on peking duck) and a variety of sushi and sashimi, and really enjoyed everything we were served.

I'd like to give the new Burlington location of Island Creek a try.

Any Thai places to recommend? Green Papaya perhaps (or, better yet, something more exciting)?

Is Blue Ginger worth a try? Haven't been in many years.

Any other suggestions, with the principal criteria being very good food, not too loud, and somewhere reasonably easily accessible from Newton (near intersection of Mass Pike and I-95/128)?

Lumiere Restaurant,
Solea | Restaurant & Tapas Bar,
Green Papaya,
Sichuan Gourmet
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