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Asian fusion restaurant for wedding??

ltrio Jun 12, 2007 12:35 AM

Hi all,

As the maid of honor at my best friend's upcoming wedding, I'm also helping her look for restaurants around the Bay Area to hold their wedding banquet. They both like Asian food; however, for their wedding, they want something more upscale.

Does anone have any recommendations for a nice/upscale place that serves Asian fusion-type of food around the San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Palo Alto, Fremont areas? SF is not the preferred venue as traveling there might be a problem for some guests.

Thanks a lot!

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  1. Gary Soup RE: ltrio Jun 12, 2007 06:52 AM

    Tamarine comes to mind, and Chris Yeo's Straits Cafe III or whatever it is called at Santana Row, though I wouldn't recommend the latter.

    1. Carrie 218 RE: ltrio Jun 12, 2007 07:30 AM

      Having an idea of the size of the party you need to accommodate would be really helpful in being able to offer recommendations.

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        ltrio RE: Carrie 218 Jun 21, 2007 07:38 PM

        I just confirmed w/ the bride. The number of guests will probably be at least 150 but probably no more than 200.

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          Carrie 218 RE: ltrio Jun 21, 2007 08:07 PM

          Yikes. That is not what most restaurants can handle (short of buying out the whole restaurant). It sounds like you need a caterer.

      2. PeterL RE: ltrio Jun 12, 2007 09:07 AM

        It's a misconception that Asian food cannot be "upscale". If by upscale you mean expensive you can find plenty of expensive Asian restaurants. As to wedding venue, Carrie's question (how many guests) applies. One option may be to find a non-restaurant location and find an Asian fusion caterer.

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          Fussy Foodie RE: ltrio Jun 12, 2007 10:57 AM

          Junnoon and Mantra are both beautiful restaurants in Palo Alto, but may be hard to book for a private dinner party, especially on a Friday or Saturday night. I'm a much bigger fan of the food at Junnoon.


          We had a great dinner at spice route in Milpitas last weekend. They are a new restaurant and maybe easier to book, plus they may be more willing to work with any special requests. It's relatively small and only seats about 50. Food was great and setting was upscale, plus parking is no problem.
          (408) 262-1700

          Under the fusion category, you also have Bleu ginger in Milpitas. It's recieved mixed reviews among CHers, if you do a search you can see what I'm talking about. There is also Nouvelle Bistro on Mission in Fremont, across the street from Ohlone college. I've never been to Nouvelle, but heard it was decent, don't know how upscale it is. Both have private party booking info via websites, and both have very convenient parking situations.


          Have Fun!

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            Maple RE: Fussy Foodie Jun 21, 2007 09:42 PM

            Where is Spice Route, and what kind of food?

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              Fussy Foodie RE: Maple Jun 21, 2007 09:48 PM

              Indian centered Pan-Asian in Milpitas. Here's a link to a report on my first visit.


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            katg RE: ltrio Jun 14, 2007 01:23 PM

            there's taipan in palo alto. it's asian - less fusion but certainly upscale. they do banquets. how many guests?

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              ltrio RE: katg Aug 7, 2007 09:10 PM

              Does anyone have feedback on E&O Trading Co. in San Jose? It's a southeastern asian grill place. Thanks!

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                PekoePeony RE: ltrio Aug 7, 2007 10:47 PM

                E&O seems too small for 150+ guests and a dance floor, but I could be wrong. While I haven't been overly impressed by the food there, some friends of mine really like it, and it's definitely better than most wedding food out there.

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