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Jan 22, 2013 10:39 AM

Group Birthday Dinner on a budget

I've looked at other posts and haven't found exactly what I am looking for, so hoping someone can help. I am trying to plan a birthday party from the US for my husband who is at graduate school. It'll probably be 15-20 people. Location wise, most people will be coming from around Baker Street, but anything that's 15-20 min tube ride will be fine.

For me, the food has to be good. A place that isn't too noisey and has a cool atmostphere would be a bonus. The price-point has to be on the lower side...15-25GBP (without drinks) max. Any thoughts?

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  1. some thoughts for you:

    a) relais de venise in marylebone
    the parisian original now has branches in london, nyc etc.

    simple formula: green salad with a delish mustardy vinaigrette, steak and fries. tell them how you want your steak and thats it. also, the steak comes twice so dont panic if the first serving looks a bit small.

    you may have to queue but it works.

    b) maroush, lebanese, beauchamp place
    excellent lebanese. they'll happily accommodate your group, and you'll eat very very well on that budget - probably enough for wine and certainly for beer. go wild on the mezze and go light on the main courses - say one main course for every three people. this would be my favourite option.

    the maroush on edgware road is closer to baker street, but the cookings not as good imho.

    c) another enormously fun evening - franco manca on chiswick high street. proper neapolitan style pizza, and you'll do very very well with pizza and wine for 20 quid a head. this is serious stuff, please don't think of the usual pizza joint with bad sauce and checkered table cloths. sure winner.

    5 Replies
    1. re: howler

      Thanks for the great suggestions! Is there a Sunday roast place or a similar gastropub (open Sunday nights) that you could suggest also? The Pizza option sounds wonderful, and I'll be there for a whole week, so I will definitely try that one.

      1. re: pgwiz1

        where are you staying and how much are you willing to spend?

        1. re: howler

          Anything convenient to baker street tube stop (willing to take 15 min tube ride too). Price wise, less than 20 gbp for food.

          1. re: pgwiz1

            haven't been myself, but a friend whose taste i trust really enjoyed the sunday roast at the old red cow, a pub at smithfield market.


            the area is worth checking out - especially st. barts church, with a little wooden bit pre-dating the great fire.

            1. re: howler

              The Old Red Cow is fantastic, highly recommended. Sunday's a good day to walk around Smithfield and the Barbican.