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please help: prix fixe kinda dinner for about 12 guests in Toronto!

jennjen18 Sep 12, 2006 04:00 AM


I'm in need of a little help--would anyone know of a nice place for a sit down dinner for about 12-15 guests with prix fixe menus? Its for a graduation party, it doesnt have to be hoshy poshy, but I'm also trying to cater to people who are vegetarians and who are Asian (some fusion would be nice). And as I'm a newly grad, there is also a budget to keep! Any suggestions?

Many thanks!

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  1. TorontoJo RE: jennjen18 Sep 12, 2006 01:38 PM

    Why don't you check out someplace like Golden Thai (Church and Richmond)? The atmosphere is nice without being schmancy, and they can easily do a set dinner to your budget. Lots of vegetarian options (though you might want to double check the fish sauce situation with your friends) and the dinner will be family style -- dishes brought to the table to share. Just make sure you have the rum fried bananas for dessert... :)

    And congratulations on your graduation!

    1. xtal RE: jennjen18 Sep 12, 2006 01:56 PM

      You should consider booking one of the private rooms at Asian Legend on Dundas. It should accommodate those numbers perfectly, and you can pre-order a variety of dishes from their menu. The food would be served, as above, family-style. I've been there with a large group, and it was fantastic all-around. The private room is quite nice also.

      1. jennjen18 RE: jennjen18 Sep 12, 2006 03:26 PM

        Hey TorontoJo and xtal--thank you for your wonderful suggestions and I totally appreciate your help, but family style is not what I'm looking for though. There'll be a couple of people who wont be speaking the same language as the others ... and sitting at a round table will be quite awkward for all of us. I think I'd rather do something that's a prix fixe where they can sit in their own little group and enjoy at their own pace.

        Any other suggestions for a prix fixe or even buffet style dinner?

        1. xtal RE: jennjen18 Sep 12, 2006 04:55 PM

          I'm going to suggest one of my favourites: Hair of the Dog. Amazing food, with many fusion options and choices for vegetarians.

          Give them a call, and discuss the idea of doing a prix fixe for 12-15 people. Also, you may want to request seating upstairs, which is beautiful, and nicer for large groups. Their regular entree prices are between $10-$18 or so, just for reference.

          Hair of the Dog
          425 Church Street

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            jennjen18 RE: xtal Sep 13, 2006 03:26 PM

            Hey xtal,

            Does Hair of the Dog have an online menu?


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              xtal RE: jennjen18 Sep 13, 2006 04:15 PM

              No, I don't think so. I'm pretty sure they don't even have a website.

              I've found that many restaurants are willing to fax/e-mail a copy of their menu if you give them a call. You could try that.

          2. sierramum RE: jennjen18 Sep 12, 2006 06:07 PM

            If this dinner will be between September 15 and October 1, you can check out the various restaurants in Leslieville. They're holding "Leslielicious" (like Summerlicious, obviously) during that period, and the participating restaurants will be offering prix fixe menus.


            If I had the money, I'd have reservations for all of them, LOL!

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              TOfoodie RE: sierramum Sep 12, 2006 07:35 PM

              Thank you so much for the info! I'm totally going to try some of these places....

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                jennjen18 RE: sierramum Sep 13, 2006 03:23 AM

                Thank you sierramum!!! Those prix fixe menus look really good, I think I might just call in and see whether they can do one for my party. :)

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                ognir RE: jennjen18 Sep 12, 2006 07:24 PM

                A lot of restos will do a prix fixe for you with a group of that size. Why not call a few that you like and talk to them, tell them your budget, get some quotes?

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                  jennjen18 RE: ognir Sep 13, 2006 03:24 AM

                  Yeah, I was thinking of that .. but my restaurant database isnt that great, and we're talking *decent* restaurants to hold a party too.. haha, remember, I'm the student on a budget! But I do have some ideas in mind now...

                  BUT KEEP THE SUGGESTIONS COMIN'! Thanks everyone!

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                    ognir RE: jennjen18 Sep 13, 2006 04:03 AM

                    What's your approx budget per person?

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                      jennjen18 RE: ognir Sep 13, 2006 04:07 AM

                      Well, I dont wanna sound cheap-o, but I'm thinking of $25-35/person (not including tax, tip, drink). Do-able?

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                        TorontoJo RE: jennjen18 Sep 13, 2006 12:13 PM

                        Your best bet may be an Italian restaurant. You should easily be able to do a soup/salad course, pasta main, and a dessert. It's not Asian or fusion, but it will meet your budget, your vegetarian requirements and you have tons of options for restaurants.

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                          bestandworst RE: jennjen18 Sep 13, 2006 11:00 PM

                          Yes TorontoJo. And I highly recommend One Of a Kind Pasta on Queen W. Fantastic pastas at great prices.

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                    ognir RE: jennjen18 Sep 14, 2006 04:41 AM

                    Boulevard Cafe on Harbord has a rally nice private room upstairs with a fireplace. Food is Peruvian.

                    Southern Accent is cajun and fun.

                    Pony on College is decent. Bistro fare.

                    These are all places that should be within your budget, with decent food, and nice ambiance. Nothing earth shattering, but nicer than a dumpy Chinese place on Spadina.

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                      jennjen18 RE: ognir Sep 14, 2006 10:59 PM

                      Oh, I thought L'escargot was a good one, but now that I see ognir's recommendations... I think Pony is quite good too. Their $27.95/person option sounds good, thanks ognir! So, but ognir, have you tried the food at Pony's? How would you rate it?

                      Keep the suggestions comin' tho, THANKS A BUNCH GUYS!

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                        ognir RE: jennjen18 Sep 15, 2006 03:24 AM

                        Company I work for had Xmas party there last January. Food was decent to great, depending on what you ordered. The Coca-Cola ribs were the big hit. Sounds gross, I know, but they really were yummy. Chef/owner Marc Zegers was formerly sous at Pangea.

                        (Trivia note: Pony is the location of Jamie Kennedy's first resto, Palmerston. He served a la minute food there in the 1980s. If you ordered carrot soup, the kitchen would start peeling the carrots when the order came in. It was insanely expensive for the time in Toronto. If you were lucky, you got to sit at one of the tables in the kitchen.)

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                      hoagy294 RE: jennjen18 Sep 14, 2006 11:57 PM

                      We did a prix fixe at Gio Rana's Really Really Nice restaurant for a group of 14 friends, they gave us two price point menus of $30 or $40 and the food was great.

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