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dinner for 20 people at $35 a head?

A few weeks back I posted a request for tips on restaurants in Scarborough that would be suitable for students attending an undergraduate conference. At the time I had a budget of $20 per person including tax and tip but no drinks. Several members made very helpful suggestions.

However: the party has moved downtown, and the budget has been bumped to $35 a head including taxes and tip (but again, no drinks). I assume that will open a lot more doors. I would be very very grateful for suggestions. Close to Union Station would be ideal, but I'm open to suggestions of places elsewhere.

I had thought of the new Terroni's, but I'm not sure if they'll take a reservation on a Saturday night for a large group. I also read some reviews recently on chowhound that scare me a bit.

many thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. C'est What. It's walking distance from Union (on Front).

    1. Hot House over at Front & Church has group menus at $30 a head -
      http://www.hothousecafe.com/group.html

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      Hot House
      35 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1T3, CA

      1. Thanks for those recommendations -- very helpful.

        Turns out that C'est What only takes reservations in the summer.

        hothousecafe might work...not many warm endorsements on these boards, however. maybe that's too much to expect for $35.

        Any other recs? Does anyone have experience with a larger group at the queen mother, or at the asian legend on dundas, which might be close enough to union?

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        1. re: retrobolted

          For next time... Asian Legend on Dundas can handle large groups; you need a reservation and it would have been a good hike from Union

          C'est What is too small for dinner with that many people, same with the Queen Mother (they only have booths really)

          The Front St area around Union and Skydome mainly caters to tourists and the lunchtime crowd,so the emphasis is on volume or a theme, not quality
          Hot House Cafe and Joe Badali's are good examples of this!!

        2. The Irish Embassy at Yonge and Wellington (is it Wellington?) might work?

          1. Ok - not downtown but I've just "discovered" Quince. (S. of Eglinton on Yonge - W side).

            Wow. Right price range, food outstanding, lots of variety for your price point, ambiance quite special and they have a private room and bar area in the lower level that is quite wonderful - I've been trying to figure out who I can round up to book that space.

            Dinner this week - I had grapefruit winter salad to start and followed with roasted lamb bok choy and rapini. So good. Dessert was a small chocolate mouse with roasted marsh-mellow ice-cream. Yummy! Chased it all with a double expresso.