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Good place to eat for a group of 30 university students

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Hello everyone,

I'm a professor from Minnesota in the US and will be bringing about 30 students to Australia in January 2009. We'll be in Sydney about 5 days and I'd like to schedule a couple of group meals. Do you have any suggestions? I'm not interested in restaurants that will be an exact replica of what they could get in the US (for instance, Hard Rock Cafe). On the other hand, I need a place that is versatile enough for a wide variety of preferences. I realize that this is a tall order, but I'd love to find a fun good place. Thanks very much!

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  1. do you know what part of sydney you'll be in?

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    1. re: fooftales

      I don't. We're in the process of finding lodging right now. I'm more certain of places we'll be visiting. Some in the CBD, others I'm not sure about. It's most likely we'll be staying at a Y hotel close to Prince Alfred Park and Sydney University. Though I've never been to Sydney, it seems very user friendly so I'm hoping location won't be too much of a barrier. Thanks again!

      1. re: powser

        sydney user friendly - that all depends. if they'd billeted you, say, on the north shore around brookvale or similar, it'd be hard to get anywhere in town and back during a lunch break.

        plenty o' options in the city, of course. I'd recommend sailors thai in the rocks, but go for the canteen upstairs - they're cheaper and have long tables, great for group meals.

        http://sydney.citysearch.com.au/E/V/S...

        I'm sure others will chime in with some good suggestions.

        1. re: fooftales

          I didn"t think you could book Sailor Thai? It has one long communal table so getting a group of 30 in will be tricky.

          1. re: PhilD

            No you can't book the Canteen. I reckon though if you pick the right day and turn up basically when they open for service you could snag the whole table!

            What about some of the larger Chinese restaurants in the city like Marigold, Regal, East Ocean, Golden Century, Sky Phoenix etc. While I don't think I've ever seen a table of 30, they might be able to reserve and set up an area for your group if you give them notice. Worth asking ....

            1. re: Tsar_Pushka

              that's correct, they don't accept formal bookings, but I've gone with a large group who called on the day, they were happy to accommodate us.

              how about pie floaters al fresco on the foreshore across from harry's?

              I keed, I keed....

    2. how old are these people and what are their interests/reasons for the trip?