It's somewhat of a tradition after several years now, but every Christmas my parents, ILs, sister, BIL, SIL, and various other relatives, friends who didn't make it home, etc. descend on our place for Christmas day and we all go to Koreana for lunch. None of us are Korean or have visited Korea, so none of us have any strong opinions on how the food should taste, and for the most part everyone's been pretty happy with it. We have quite a few vegetarians and some kids with food allergies, and everyone's always been able to find something to eat and enjoyed it, and the food is easily shared by groups as well (sushi, BBQ at the table, noodle hot pots, etc.). Service has been good, bathrooms are clean, and it's easy for us to get to. But I've known from a good college friend who is Korean (and grew up in Korea), that Koreana is "just OK...like OK if you are in the neigbourhood and need to eat, not so great that you'd make a special trip and drive". Admittedly, knowing the food was "nothing special" always bothered me a little (even though it fulfilled all kinds of other important criteria very well). So this year I was considering venturing out somewhere different and am looking for ideas. Specifically, I'm looking for a place that will:
-accomodate a large group well (around 20 people), including multiple children
-have a decent selection of vegetarian items
-have dishes that do not normally contain eggs, milk, nuts, or seafood (for example, at Koreana, my DS1 who is allergic to all those things could have many different items including kalbi, jap chae, bi bim bap, vegetarian sushi, etc.)
What other places might fulfill these criteria? It doesn't have to be "the best" of any type of cuisine or blow anyone's socks off (most of my relatives aren't "into" food the way CHers are, though they do enjoy food). Somewhere with good food, nice pleasant surroundings, where children will be welcome (need high chairs), and friendly service. Thanks for any ideas.
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