I've done some research on my own since my original post and I'd like to add some of my own recommedations.
Gyu-Kaku - Japanese BBQ. Great happy hour and AYCE prices.
Oki Doki - Japanese place that serves Chinese and Korean food. Great for pre-bar meal. Reasonable prices.
Past Memories - Cool Korean bar, serves good bar food. Reasonable prices and they open late.
3033 S Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
The Past Memories
9252 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92844
7862 Warner Avenue, Suite 109, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Thanks for the great suggestions everyone. Sorry it's taken so long to report back, I'm not planning as many meetups due to the recession.
DU: thank you for the Cham Sut Gol recommendation. Tried it last weekend. Loved the AYCE. Their chaldol was very tasty. Wait service was friendly and remarkably clean for a KBBQ joint.
It can be any type of Asian restaurant, and I can interpret Asian loosely. It can be fusion too. The only requirement I was given was it had to be "Asian" but I don't think it's a hard, fast rule.
To answer your question, it can be Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai AND Viet, Malaysian, Hawaiian, maybe even Indian. I just need a good place with good food. Go crazy. More suggestions the better, because I have to plan a few dinner parties.
DU: I'd like a restaurant that can host at least 10 people. It can be high-end or low-end, as long as the food is good.
All in the 714:
Vietnamese: Xanh Bistro, Fountain Valley; S Vietnamese Fine Dining, Westminster; Vien Dong, Garden Grove; Pagolac, Westminster, Tan Cang Newport Seafood, Santa Ana
Chinese: Mas Islamic Chinese, Anaheim; Furiwa, Garden Grove; King Harbor Seafood, Garden Grove
Korean: Cham Sut Gol, Garden Grove; Shik Do Rak, Garden Grove
Thai: Thai Nakorn, Stanton; Bangkok Taste, Santa Ana
Japanese: Honda-Ya, Tustin; Tsuruhashi, Fountain Valley; Santouka Ramen, Costa Mesa; Haru Izakaya, Tustin
Indian: Haveli, Tustin
Malaysian: Tropika, Tustin
Well the best north OC Chinese food is in L.A. County in Rowland Heights. I'm not being facetious, merely pointing out that the large Chinese community and the dozens and dozens of authentic Chinese restaurants there sort of pre-empts the north Orange County area. You see the same thing with the proximity to Chinatown resulting in no good Chinese food in Hollywood, Los Feliz, Silver Lake and Glendale, and the slim Chinese pickings in Pasadena due to the nearness of Arcadia, San Gabriel and Monterey Park.;