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foodmadfam Feb 25, 2014 11:23 AM

any suggestions welcome for a group of between 10- 20 people

Thanks!

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    Vinnie Vidimangi Feb 26, 2014 06:49 AM

    From what country or in what style are you interested?

    1. JonasBrand Feb 26, 2014 07:26 AM

      Would Suya (think: Nigerian beef kabobs) do the trick?

      I'm a fan of The Suya Spot (having sampled it at Afrofest each year).

      They have a restaurant located at 10 Bradstock Road, but I'm never in the area so I can't comment on the atmosphere or ability to see 10-20 people.

      www.thesuyaspot.com

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        Vinnie Vidimangi Feb 26, 2014 04:00 PM

        Also, how much do you want to spend a head?

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          foodmadfam Feb 26, 2014 04:40 PM

          The dinner is for a group from the grandmothers' campaign that's part of the Stephen Lewis Foundation - they do this once a year and as far as I know! it's usually been Ethiopian food which they all liked. Think that approx $20 a head is what they've paid in the past

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            JonasBrand Feb 26, 2014 04:49 PM

            Sounds like you are looking for a more extensive meal than Suya (which is pretty casual)... I don't know any Ethiopian spots in North Toronto (but I know a nice one downtown), hopefully someone else on the board can assist with this search.

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              foodmadfam Feb 26, 2014 04:57 PM

              Casual is fine but the problem is that it's basically meat and think they'll want some other options but thanks anyway

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            hal2010 Feb 26, 2014 07:19 PM

            If only there was a bistro with a French-African chef that might be suitable...

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              happycamper Feb 27, 2014 08:02 AM

              lol walked right into it.

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            foodmadfam Feb 26, 2014 04:40 PM

            Thanks will check it out

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            Vinnie Vidimangi Feb 26, 2014 07:08 PM

            On which night of the week?
            How- or why- did 10 - 20 grandmothers manage to handle the spicing - the heat - in Ethiopian cooking?

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              foodmadfam Feb 26, 2014 07:16 PM

              Haha - no stereotypes now....

              Not sure yet what day of the week but won't be weekend or Friday

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              Vinnie Vidimangi Feb 26, 2014 07:34 PM

              Try Bistrot92, 416 519 6050, Dufferin and Eglinton, see previous posts, but it is "Bistrot" with a " t" at the end.
              The chef/owner is a superb French chef. He is originally from the Cameroons. I understand that Cameroonian cooking is reputed to be the best cooking in Africa.
              He has a catering business on the side ("Tropical Delights"?) I have seen the sample menus, and there are many Cameroonian items. Ask him if he will run your dinner as a buffet, if you would like. You should be able to please everyone.

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                foodmadfam Feb 27, 2014 05:03 AM

                Looks great and will try myself but menu definitely feels French bistro and not African. Just out of interest, what are the particularly Cameroonian dishes?

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                  Vinnie Vidimangi Feb 28, 2014 07:38 AM

                  The regular menu is French and his cooking is very French. The Tropical Delights catering menu is more Cameroonian, but the Cameroons is French Africa and the cooking is nothing weird. Talk to the chef (Guy Dongue). It helps if you speak French. I would think that for 10 -20 people he will do what you want. He is very good at running a buffet, which I would recommend if you have 20 people. His (vegetarian) sides dishes are excellent. I once had a main plate of only sides, not because I am vegetarian, but because they are so good.
                  The Cameroonian dish that I know is chicken DG
                  (Directeur -General) . In that vein. I heartily
                  recommend his chicken Basque. which is also an excellent dish for a group. Good descriptions on the internet.

              2. Nevy Feb 27, 2014 05:29 AM

                There's a decent Moroccan restaurant, Walima Cafe, on Avenue rd just south of the 401. It's not a fancy place but it serves Moroccan comfort food that my friend enjoys (she's an expat from Algeria and she claims it's pretty authentic to local neighbourhood food she's had in North Africa).

                I would say it's a decent place with tagines being their best dish. Their bestilla (their version of chicken pot pie) is a bit of an unique item as it's sweet and savoury at the same time.

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                  foodmadfam Feb 28, 2014 08:45 AM

                  thanks - this sounds a bit more like what the group will like although will let them know about Bistrot92 as well

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                    Vinnie Vidimangi Feb 28, 2014 09:30 PM

                    Try them first. When they were on the Danforth they were wildly inconsistent and could have cooked closer to home at their best, even in Toronto. There may be completely new people in the new location. Algerian cooking differs from Moroccan. In any event, is this ever different from Ethiopian cooking! And for the better to my taste.

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