Rather it's coming up and I'm looking for a new place to have it this year. I've planned to have the dinner on July 11th, which falls right in the middle of Summerlicious. As such, with a big group, and having heard of how rushed restaurants are during 'Licious events, I'd prefer somewhere that isn't participating.
I'd prefer somewhere downtown, ideally no further north than Eglinton, and between Spadina and Yonge - and definitely TTC accessible, I'm willing to flex a bit on the boundaries though provided its easy to get to.
Food-wise - there are quite a few picky eaters in our group, and several people that will go with vegetarian or seafood options. Some of us are more adventurous than others, but I'd like to have some more mainstream options as well.
Somewhere with a nice ambiance, and where we won't feel too rushed and where we can dress up a bit.
There'll be about 15-20 people, and budget-wise I think it varies, some of the people in the group are students and as such watching their budgets...mains in the range of $20-30 excluding drinks and tax/tip.
Some of the ideas I had:
Insomnia - but I'm not sure if this is too casual for what I'm looking for
Tabule - I remember reading about someone having been to a birthday party here and having a good experience with communal style dining - plus Middle Eastern cuisine would really work for this group
I'd love to have done it somewhere like Terroni, but again, with the no substitutions rule, definitely not the place for this kind of group.
Does anyone have any other suggestions?