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aparker Aug 30, 2007 10:57 AM

We're doing an informal school reunion and need to find a space for a Friday evening gathering of 15-20 people. Hopefully along the Yonge St corridor, Markham or North, that could accomodate this?

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. I can give you details on West-End Toronto recs in payment!

  1. pescatarian Aug 30, 2007 11:59 AM

    Any type of food?
    Because of the nature of the get-together, my first inclinitation is to recommend a place such as Nava at East Beaver Creek on Hwy 7 (but unfortunately not on Yonge St).
    On Yonge Street, there is an Il Fornello on Yonge, just north of Hwy 7.
    Neither of these are recommended for outstanding food, but for their ability to hold a large group.
    If you are open to any type of food, and a bit further away from Yonge, you might want to consider a place such as Restoran Malaysia at Bayview and Major Mackenzie.

    1. w
      wesarge Aug 30, 2007 02:12 PM

      restoran malaysia is great and has lots of room.

      1. k
        KevinB Aug 30, 2007 04:55 PM

        The Octagon Restaurant is on Yonge St, just north of Steeles. It has a website www.octagonrestaurant.com. It's a classic steak and seafood house, and be warned, it is not cheap! (They post the menu on their website). They advertise private rooms, but I've never been in them, so can't comment on their size. I'd suggest you call, and see if they can accomodate your group, if the menu is to your liking.

        Another suggestion is the "Ambassador" on Hwy 7 at W. Beaver Creek (this is just two minutes from the 404 and Hwy 7); they also have a private room that I have been in, and could easily accomodate your group. They serve tasty Chinese food with white tablecloths and very attentive service. I like their Peking Duck, and it doesn't have to be ordered in advance. Good luck!

        1. JamieK Aug 30, 2007 06:18 PM

          Just some links...

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          Octagon
          7529 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON L3T2B4, CA

          Ambassador
          280 W Beaver Creek Rd, Richmond Hill, ON L4B, CA

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          1. re: JamieK
            LovelyAsia Aug 30, 2007 07:14 PM

            Personally, I think that Ambassador is the way to go - Richmond Hill and Markham are the best places to go for authentic Chinese food these days.

            If you are looking for ultra high end / fine dining the most notable place in Richmond Hill is Terra:

            http://www.terrarestaurant.ca/dfunctions.html

            Not knowing what type of food and venue you are looking for here are some less pricy possibilities:

            Archibald's Pub
            http://www.archibaldspub.com/about.htm

            Eddy's Steakhouse
            http://www.eddyssteakhouse.com/

            Mr Greek has a location in Richmond Hill at Yonge and 16th Avenue
            http://www.mrgreek.com/locations/all_...

            There is also a Swiss Chalet and a Montana's at Yonge and 16th...

            Hopefully you can provide some feedback if all the suggestions thus far don't hit the mark.

            1. re: LovelyAsia
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              KevinB Sep 1, 2007 06:05 PM

              I love Terra when you go as a couple, or a group of four, but we visited as a large group (12), and the service was horribly slow. I'm an ex-waiter, and I was more than a little perturbed when I noticed the table for four next to us turned twice before we were done. There's no excuse for that, especially when they tack on a mandatory service charge.

              1. re: KevinB
                Royaljelly Sep 1, 2007 06:36 PM

                I found that Terra took a real nosedive in their food quality after the changed chefs/ownership (previously w/ North 44 group). I used to eat there quite regularly, but after the change, I found the food to be very rather boring, much larger in portion sizes (not necessarily a bonus in some cases) and less refined than what I was used to. I haven't been back since, so not sure if they made any changes for the better...

          2. skylineR33 Aug 30, 2007 07:27 PM

            Strong recommendation - Omei on Highway 7, east of Bayview (best place for fresh seafood) in GTA IMO. They are quite big which can easily accomodate 20 people. Don't order any meat there, just seafood.

            One of the great dish - Fresh 4.5 lbs Geoduck (giant clam) 3 ways eat :

             
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