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Looking for a nice upscale place for an engagment party Indian food preffered

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bputh Apr 21, 2011 05:46 AM

I need to find a nice place that can accommodate around 40-50 people for an engagement party in the Greater Toronto area (Toronto is fine as well), most people will be from out of town, so ideally within 30-45 minutes of Pearson would be nice. Most people prefer Indian food, but I am open to other options with similar strong spicy flavors. Would like to keep the price range to under $60 a head, but can go slightly higher if the value is there.

Any help is appreciated.

Thank you!

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    JennaBean Apr 21, 2011 06:50 AM

    I haven't been but Chopper Chimney would likely fit the bill. From the website it looks like the space is nice and it would hold a party your size. Worth looking into. My go-to higher end Indian places tend to be one of the Host locations (one in Yorkville the other on Wellington downtown) but I think that may stretch your drive-time a bit.

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      TorontoJo Apr 21, 2011 07:02 AM

      Hmm... I don't think Copper Chimney is big enough for 40 - 50, unless they have a hidden party room that I missed. Also, the atmosphere is not particularly upscale.

      For a nicer atmosphere, I'd go a few minutes further to Amaya Bread Bar on Yonge St.

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      Copper Chimney
      619 Kingston Rd W, Ajax, ON L1S6L8, CA

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        bputh Apr 21, 2011 07:34 AM

        Thanks for the replies!, I'm in NY but will ask my Fiance to take a look at these places this weekend. I was not able to see a proper website for chopper Chimney in the GTA area? Amaya Bread bar does look real nice, would you consider the food authentic tasting, or more taylored for the North american pallet?

        Thanks!

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        Amaya
        1574 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA

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          JennaBean Apr 21, 2011 07:39 AM

          Here is the web address for the Host locations. Have a look.
          http://www.welcometohost.com/

          TOJO - I've only been to Amaya once and didn't find enough heat in my dishes for my liking even when I stress that I like my Indian hot hot hot! :-) Are you a heat seeker when it comes to Indian?

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          Amaya
          1574 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA

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            TorontoJo Apr 26, 2011 04:23 PM

            Hey JennaBean, sorry, I didn't see your post until now. I'm not a super-hot heat heat seeker, so don't have a reference point for you. I have had roti from Gandhi made "Indian hot" (their term), and must admit to having a hard time with it! I loved it through the pain, but found it got in the way of my enjoyment of the flavour.

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              JennaBean Apr 27, 2011 06:53 AM

              Indian hot is my fav! I think I have an unusual heat preference/tolerance from constantly eating my BF's family's pepper sauce. :-)

          2. re: bputh
            TorontoJo Apr 21, 2011 07:43 AM

            Here's the web site for Copper Chimney:

            http://www.the-copper-chimney.com/ (though it seems to be incomplete!

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            And for Amaya Bread Bar:

            http://www.the-copper-chimney.com/

            I'm not an expert in Indian cooking, but Amaya has always been among the better Indian meals I've had in Toronto. Copper Chimney is probably a notch above it in terms of food, but a notch or two lower in terms of space/atmosphere.

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            Copper Chimney
            619 Kingston Rd W, Ajax, ON L1S6L8, CA

            Amaya
            1574 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA

      2. sasgirl Apr 21, 2011 08:19 AM

        There's Nirvana in Mississauga at Hurontario and Brunel. They also have a private dining room. And it's closer to Pearson as well. :)

        http://www.nirvanatheflavoursofindia....

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          Ally07 Apr 21, 2011 08:40 AM

          Hey Guys! So here I am the Fiance in Toronto! :). Someone told me Tandoori Grill in Brampton was something I could look into, Has anyone been there or heard anything about the place/food ? Any feedback?

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            ManAbout Apr 21, 2011 12:18 PM

            Most places in Brampton cater exclusively to an Indian clientele and are more focused on food and less on atmosphere. Haven't heard of Tandoori Grill, maybe its Tandoori Flame they were talking about? If so, it's a buffet. It's big, but the food is average, and not particularly upscale. The food at Copper Chimney is good, but again, there is no atmosphere. It's definitely not upscale.

            For good food and upscale, your options would be:

            Amaya - They have a couple of locations
            The Host
            Nirvana

            I would stay away from most places in Brampton, because honestly, they don't have the upscale ambiance you are looking for.

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            Tandoori Flame
            8150 Dixie Rd, Brampton, ON L6T5N9, CA

            Copper Chimney
            619 Kingston Rd W, Ajax, ON L1S6L8, CA

            Amaya
            1574 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA

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              evansl Apr 26, 2011 03:53 PM

              Amaya is just plain awful. Not even mediocre. Awful.

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              Amaya
              1574 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA

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                TorontoJo Apr 26, 2011 04:24 PM

                To the OP, many 'hounds have had significantly better experiences with Amaya than this, so please judge for yourself.

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                Amaya
                1574 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA

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              rapsrealm Apr 23, 2011 06:38 AM

              I think your talking about Tandoori Flame.

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              Tandoori Flame
              8150 Dixie Rd, Brampton, ON L6T5N9, CA

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                Ally07 Apr 23, 2011 08:11 AM

                Yes i am :),any feedback?

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                  TorontoJo Apr 23, 2011 08:46 AM

                  ManAbout gave this feedback about Tandoori Flame above: "If so, it's a buffet. It's big, but the food is average, and not particularly upscale."

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                  Tandoori Flame
                  8150 Dixie Rd, Brampton, ON L6T5N9, CA

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                    Ally07 Apr 23, 2011 08:58 AM

                    ok guys! thanks a ton! :), I am going to check out, nirvana, amaya, the host, avani and nawab. If there is any other upscale restaurant with great indian food, you can think of, do let me know :). Really appreciate it!

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            pnutbutta Apr 22, 2011 08:16 AM

            Avani - located near the HeartLand Shopping complex in Mississauga. The food is excellent and the actual restaurant is well decorated. They do allow for private functions, but only mid-week (I am pretty sure Saturday is out). You may be further ahead to book a small convention room at a hotel close to the airport and have it catered (from the Host).

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            Avani
            801 Matheson Blvd W, Mississauga, ON L5V, CA

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              pakmode Apr 26, 2011 09:39 PM

              Based on the recommendations you're getting, I would opt for an Indian Banquet Hall somewhere in Brampton/Mississauga.

              There are a few that have smaller private rooms for 50-100 people which would work just fine.

              My first choice would be Payal Banquet Hall - they have a small private room with floor to ceiling windows on the 2nd floor. It's been recently renovated so the ambience, decor and food are all nice.
              The owner's name is Raj, and he's very accomodating. Obviously money talks, so depending on what you want, I've seen pp range from $13-$60 for food and soft drinks inclusive.

              There's also Chandni, which is a popular hall in the south asian community. I've never seen the smaller room, but the food and decor is generally good.

              There's a Pakistani 'hall/restaurant' called 5 Star Havelly. I went there a few years ago and it was nice. Decor and food were good. There are separate spaces and they can easily accomodate a gathering of your size. But I've heard their food has gone downhill the past year, but cannot confirm.

              It's hard to find an Indian restaurant that can seat that many people comfortably. So it's almost easier to go to a banquet hall.
              Also in terms of The Host catering, the last few times I've had it, they've been absolutely brutal. But we're talking 500 person weddings, not 50.

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                Ally07 Apr 27, 2011 03:17 PM

                Hey guys! thanks for all your feedback, really appreciate it!, So the upscale indian restaurants thing is not working out so much, in terms of decor, the places don't seem to really excite us, while yes the food is good, decor is important as well..so we're thinking or expanding our horizons. Do any of you'll know any upscale restaurants in toronto/missassuaga (the cuisine doesnt matter, we can work around that). Thanks a ton guys! :)

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