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Simon Patrice Oct 28, 2010 07:23 PM

Hi,

I'm in charge of choosing the restaurant for my workplace's christmas party. We will be a group of around 25 and have a budget of 35$ before tax and tip. Some don't eat meat and one has a severe allergy to seafood. The first resto I thought of was Alep but I'm looking for more ideas. Or for some feedback on the Alep idea.

Thanks for your help!

  1. chefjeannine Oct 30, 2010 06:41 AM

    I went to Alep for my last birthday and loved it! Given the size of our group, they sent me a selection of three fixed price group menus (If I recall correctly, the least expensive menu & the one we ended up choosing was about $32 before tax, tip & drinks). There are non-meat options, although given the severity of the seafood allergy, they may be some cross-contamination there, so you might wanna discuss that with the restaurant before hand. Most of my group enjoyed the food greatly, with the exception of a VERY picky few.
    Hope this helps!

    1. SourberryLily Oct 30, 2010 07:42 PM

      You better reserve fast, a lot of office parties have already reserved and it'll be difficult for you to find a good spot.

      Where is your office located? There are some good options in Laval or the West Island.

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        Simon Patrice Oct 31, 2010 06:44 AM

        It's actually a daycare (as opposed to an office) which is located in Ville St-Laurent. But location is not that important. Chefjeannine, I'll contact Alep about the allergy. Do you remember what the group menus looked like?

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          chefjeannine Oct 31, 2010 10:54 AM

          I actually still have the menu they sent me in my email inbox, here's how it goes more or less:
          option 1 @ $30 comes with 9 assorted dips, salads, etc as the first service, and shish kebab, shish taouk and lamb for the main course.
          option 2 @ $35 comes with 4 courses along with a description of the traditional way of eating the different menu items (ex: using the lettuce leaves provided to eat with the tabboule)
          option 3 @ $40 looks pretty much like #2 but with more fish it seems.
          If you have any more questions dont hesitate to ask!

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            davyboy Oct 31, 2010 11:51 AM

            Hi Simon.
            I recommend Restaurant Sawadeh, a Lebanese restaurant at the Best Western Hotel at the corner of Sherbrooke and Peel. I am a member of a dining group that meets every Friday, and we have had dinner there twice during this past year. They suggested a menu for $20/person and what a feast they provided for that reasonable price. Platters of hors d'ouevres (all vegetarian) followed by platters of grilled meats and vegetables. Everything was delicious, and there was so much food, that some of us took home "doogie bags". Highly recommended.

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              hala Nov 2, 2010 10:05 AM

              I second Zawadeh, my office orders from there sometimes for big gatherings and it is really good.

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              Simon Patrice Oct 31, 2010 12:12 PM

              Their meat is not halal is it? That could simplify things.

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                davyboy Oct 31, 2010 12:39 PM

                I have no idea if it is if is or not Halal. Gibe them a call.

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