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Wedding Venue Help - Chinese

I'm planning a wedding for 2013 and I am running out of ideas of venues to look at. I'm looking for a traditional Chinese banquet in a non-traditional Chinese space (aka not a Chinese restaurant). Looking at a guest list of approximately 230 people. So far I have looked at:

Carlu (absolutely love it, but a little too pricey)
Design Exchange (love it, but no on-site cooking allowed)
Eglinton Grand (not so sure about this one)
Ontario Science Centre (a little too tight)
Polson Pier (the staff is beyond unhelpful, missed appointments, and don't return phone calls)

I'd ideally like to bring in an outside caterer to get good Chinese banquet food, but I'm willing to entertain in-house catering as long as they can do a good job on this. I'm going to be taking a look at Liberty Grand and Grand Luxe Event Boutique next, but neither allow outside catering so I'm a little concerned.

Has anyone been to either Liberty Grand or Grand Luxe for a Chinese wedding? If so, how was your experience?

And are there any other unique wedding venues that someone can recommend? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. iirc O Mei will cater weddings, maybe they have a list of spots they have catered at?

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    O Mei
    248 Steeles Ave W, Thornhill, ON L4J1A1, CA

    1. We had our wedding at the Metropolitan Hotel catered by LWH. The food and service was excellent. If you are seriously entertaining this place - send me a message I can give you the full details. The pricing came under what we expected and

      Another place that made our final five (our group was under 100ppl) was the Burroughes Bldg (Queen and Bathurst). Exposed brick open space- you can bring in your own caterer.

      We looked at every single one of your places mentioned above- really funny actually- our final five were Canoe, St Lawrence Hall, Burroughes and Rosehill.

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      Metropolitan Hotel
      108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

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      1. re: ginkonut

        Thanks ginkonut! I actually hadn't even looked at hotels or traditional banquet halls because I'm afraid they'll all look the same, although I'll definitely look into it now that you mention it.

        The only thing is that my guest list is likely around 230 - I actually considered St. Lawrence Hall as well, but that definitely wouldn't work.

        1. re: KatTrum

          I have heard of people using Grand Bacchus Banquet Hall in Scarborough (on McNicoll, between Kennedy and Midland). I think they allow on-site cooking and have had Chinese banquets catered there.

        2. re: ginkonut

          Hi Ginkonut,

          Could you please also let me know the details about Metropolitan Hotel? I love the place and I am planning my wedding this year.

          Thank you

          1. re: Wedding2012

            The food and service were terrific. The wedding planner for the hotel is quite good and we had no problems with her at all. They also threw in the penthouse suite for the night which was great.

            We were unlucky that the air conditioning broke down at the beggining of our ceremony (on a v. hot day) so a lot of our guests were sweating. So we took a larger hit on the drinks. A couple of tables has also mentioned that the portions of the food were a bit on the small side.

        3. Not sure what your budget is but you may want to look at the Fermenting Cellar.

          1. I remember that Atlantis (at Ontario Place) has Chinese catering.

            Also, check out Shangri-La Banquet Hall. They have their own on-site catering and their rooms are not the traditional Chinese look at all.

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            1. re: yyuen

              Thank you yyen, I will check the Shangri-La Banquest Hall. Atlantis is fully booked for the days I want. But thank you very much

              1. re: yyuen

                Markham Event Centre (MEC) is another banquet hall that offers Chinese or fusion (western/Chinese). THey have the same catering as La Rosa/Ambassador so the food is reputable.

                Grand Chinese (Jacky Young) or Dragon Dynasty (can't remember the catering company name) will cater at various halls or venues in the city.

                1. re: ersatz

                  its grand lake chinese restuarant (kennedy and 7) that caters 90% of the halls

                  1. re: ersatz

                    Yeah, seems Jacky Young and his Grant Catering covers most of banquet hall. I will check with MEC for sure.

                    Thank you!

                2. A little unusual, but the Mandarin Golf Club (Kennedy, about a mile north of Major Mac) has an excellent Chinese chef, a private room for your event, and if it's in the summer, a beautiful backdrop for photos. If you tell them what you're planning, they'll often invite you up for a meal so you can judge the quality of food for yourself.

                  They hold 10-20 weddings a year, so they do know what they're doing.

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                  1. re: FrankD

                    Heard a lot of good things about this place, however a dinning room that is suitable for 100-120 people won't work for my 160 guest lists. Outdoor marquee that can accommodate up to 400 guests for dinning and dancing.