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Dinner in Kensington Market

Navigate18 Oct 25, 2007 07:22 AM

I've been charged with planning a dinner for 13 people and Kensington Market is the requested destination. Can anyone recommend a great restaurant which would suit this group size? It's a work-related function.

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  1. Rabbit Oct 25, 2007 07:27 AM

    - Supermarket definitely has the space (and it's relatively inexpensive, if that's a concern).
    - Rice Bar might be able to set you up, if they had advance notice (it's a smallish space, but great cocktails).

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      Navigate18 Oct 25, 2007 07:51 AM

      Thanks Rabbit...it's an expense account so we're not looking for inexpensive but something that would be fun and appeal to a wide variety of food preferences. We could just do drinks and app's in Kensington, then move to somewhere else for dinner.

      1. re: Navigate18
        Rabbit Oct 25, 2007 08:03 AM

        Hmmm, I honestly can't think of much in Kensington that isn't verging on grungy, or at least boho-y or crunchy (save hp's rec). This isn't a slag - I like the market, but I would pick it for quick, cheapie eats, not really expense account.

        Could you get away with steering everyone toward Little Italy... Xacutti, perhaps... or Teatro?

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          Recyclor Oct 25, 2007 08:19 AM

          Hi Rabbit, just fyi, Teatro closed not too long ago...

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            Rabbit Oct 25, 2007 09:19 AM

            Thanks for the update... I obviously haven't been there for a while!

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      hungry_pangolin Oct 25, 2007 07:48 AM

      Perhaps Torito, being a tapas joint, would be well suited to a large group. With warning, they might be able to assemble a number of plates in advance. Might be a bit tight, though.

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      1. re: hungry_pangolin
        dinin and dishin Oct 26, 2007 02:52 PM

        Torito could be quite good, but it is small. La Palette might be a good fit for more traditional food.
        I think if Navigate is going to pull off Kensington, it requires more than just a reservation. If I was going to do a Torito function, I'd visit the site, meet with the manager and prearrange the whole thing as much as possible. If you order everything ahead and they are well prepared for your arrival etc. It's all about sharing, so preordering a wide variety of things should work. It could be quite good. I picture a nice variety of tapas for sharing and several jugs of red and white sangria to go around. I loved their tapas when I was there a few weeks ago, but I wouldn't try to pull of a function like this without some planning, prep and promises from the restaurant.

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        escoffier Oct 25, 2007 10:34 AM

        Amadeu's - the restaurant, not the bar half. An ocean of fish and several kinds of meat, great portions and a damn nice space too.

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          Carruthers Oct 25, 2007 12:55 PM

          If you're not entirely strict about the boundaries of what constitutes Kensington Market there is the Baldwin strip just the other side of Spadina which includes some places (e.g. Bodega) that I'm sure could accomodate you for dinner better than the establishments in the market proper.

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