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missjmeezy Feb 2, 2013 12:37 PM

Hi everyone, i'm trying to plan a birthday party for my mom with approximately 30 - 50 people (still unsure of the exact number). I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions of a restaurant with a buffet or fixed menu with a private room? I was looking for something in the East end Pickering/Scarborough/Don Mills area nothing really downtown. I'm open to any suggestions. Thank you in advance.

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    juno Feb 3, 2013 08:23 AM

    If Don Mills is the farthest west that you're prepared to go, let me suggest that you investigate Dragon Pearl, a huge buffet restaurant in a large plaza on York Mills Rd. just west of Don Mills Rd. Like many buffet places around Toronto, it has a mainly Chinese slant to its offerings, but you can enjoy it for what it is without sampling any of the Asian dishes at all - though the Asian dishes are pretty good (for a buffet). Extremely well run, with many offbeat and unusual choices as well as the usual buffet standards, all invitingly presented. Good service - empty dishes are scooped up almost immediately. When I've been there, I've noticed a number of group outings sectioned off in the far reaches of the over-the-top handsome dining room. I don't know if they can handle 30-50, but they seem able to handle at least 20 or more in those sections. You'd have to ask. There's a website. Price: $22 (a.k.a. $21.99) during the week for adults (seniors get 20% off), higher on weekends, when the choice of dishes on offer expands somewhat. But with your group of at least 30, I have little doubt that you can dicker.

    1. Googs Feb 3, 2013 10:41 AM

      Are there any preferred or to-be-avoided types of food? What first popped in my head is that, yes as Juno said, at 30-50 people, some restaurants would be happy to set a menu and price for you.

      Though I haven't been to any of these yet, and shame on me for that, there are a few Indian buffets that have received favourable mention here and elsewhere. They are Anjappar Chettinad, Karaikudi Chettinad, and Saravanaa Bhavan.

      If there's a fuddy-duddy or delicate tummy factor, of course there's the old Kally's. Not the best, not the worst, heavy on the boredom factor, but sure to please the fogeys.

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