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Birthday celebration dinner for about 20

Elastic Waistband Oct 14, 2004 05:10 PM

I am thinking about surprising my husband for a special birthday celebration with some of his friends. It will probably be around 20 of us when all is said and done.

I don't want to ask any of them to contribute, and having said that, I do not have the budget for a "top" TO restaurant.

Does anyone have any suggestions of places with:

(a) nice ambiance, atmosphere, etc.;
(b) suitable for large parties;
(c) not overly pricey, and
(d) an owner/staff that will work with me reagrding selecting wines to serve and perhaps a set menu?

My husband likes all kinds of food, esp. Italian, Chinese, Japanese (just not Thai or Indian, those are his least favs).


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    Jim RE: Elastic Waistband Oct 14, 2004 05:56 PM

    I had my Birthday at Laide on Adelaide East of Church. Had a fabulous time and the female owners (who are also the bartenders) really worked hard to accomadate us. The place is small (about 70 seats) so a party of 20 would fit in perfectly.

    Everything on their menu is under $16 and they did mention that they do set menus...

    Link: http://www.laide.ca

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      Elastic Waistband RE: Jim Oct 17, 2004 04:03 PM

      Thanks for all the great suggestions...keep 'em coming..

      Anyone been to a gathering at Terroni on Yonge at Balmoral? I heard that they have a small party room.

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        peppermint pate RE: Elastic Waistband Oct 18, 2004 07:40 AM

        I'm a big fan of Terroni. The side room is used for overflow tables on busy nights (for which I prefer the main room) but you can also reserve it for larger groups. I did that recently for a group of 20 and it was great. I also spoke with the manager, Anna, in advance and pre-ordered the menu, had the various salads and pastas plattered, etc. We had a great time and the bill was quite reasonable.

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          Elastic Waistband RE: peppermint pate Oct 25, 2004 05:55 PM

          Pate - do you mind me asking how much it cost for the 20 of you?

          If you are able to answer that, did it include wine or cocktails at all?


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      qwerty RE: Elastic Waistband Oct 14, 2004 08:15 PM


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        blair RE: Elastic Waistband Oct 14, 2004 08:57 PM

        The previous suggestions sound great. What about Autogrill on Eglinton, just west of Avenue Rd? Fun, good food, good for a party that size.

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          Food Fanatic RE: Elastic Waistband Oct 15, 2004 03:39 AM

          Try an authentic Chinese banquet fit for a king.

          Dynasty on Bloor
          Dragon Dynasty
          Gold Court Abalone Restaurant
          Oriental Century Palace Restaurant

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            pt RE: Elastic Waistband Oct 15, 2004 08:10 PM

            El Bogedon on College might be fun - good sangria!

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