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Oct 29, 2001 09:46 AM

chinese banquet but not in chinatown

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can anyone recommend a place to have a chinese banquet anywhere in Boston or the surrounding area that is not in chinatown ?

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  1. High End: Su Chang's in Peabody
    Suburban but good: Mandarin Reading

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    1. re: Hugh DeMann

      I have to second Su Changs. At the recommendation of another chowhound, I held my parents' 50th anniversary party there in April. None of their friends have stopped talking about it yet. It was surprisingly inexpensive, for such a high-end restaurant. They have several banquet menus to choose from, and the one my parents picked was $16.00 per person!!! With tax and tip, it still clocked in at less than $20. I'm a Chinatown snob, but I was pleasantly surprised. We had shrimp with garlic sauce and Veggie Lo mein that was great; ditto the tangy green beans. Ten dishes...Even the menu that included ginger-scallion lobster was $20, before tax and tip...
      There was lots of food, very high quality; low on the goopy-sauce scale. They have no problem with changes to their menus, and the staff was amazingly helpful.

    2. I had my traditional Chinese wedding banquet held at the China Pearl restaurant at Woburn, which is run by the same management as the China Pearl in Chinatown. The food was great, the place is much nicer and cleaner than the one in Chinatown, and parking spaces are ample. My husband and I were very pleased and so are our parents.

      1. Galleygirl thank you for your validating comments on Su Changs and congrats to your folks on making the big 5-0. I too am a chinatown snob and thank god for Su Changs. Luckily there is the temple right across the street so after dinner I can go pray a bit.

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        1. re: Hugh DeMann

          And I grew up going to that temple!! But when I grew up, you had to go to Bali Hai in Lynnfield, or China Sais, at the NorthShore Shopping Center for quasi-Chinese food!! Sheesh, no wonder I grew up on a quest!

          1. re: Hugh DeMann

            And it was rumcoconuts, to whom I owe a belated thanks, who recommended it!!