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Looking for 2 restaurants for large group dinners over Grand Prix weekend

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Looking for 2 restaurants for large group dinners over Grand Prix weekend

BigHeadDennis | Feb 2, 2010 07:14 AM

Good morning, all. This is a re-run of a question I posed two years ago (to great effect).

I'm coming up to Montreal (my favorite city in North America) from New England for the Grand Prix in June, with a very large group of fellow enthusiasts. I need to find two restaurants for dinner, probably on Fri and Sat nights (though it could be Thu and Sat).

Have done this a few times in the past, with some great and not so great results. I love the restaurant scene in MTL, but sometimes it doesn't work well with such a large group, even when we've taken over the place entirely. Biggest problem is that the kitchen is overwhelmed with 40-50 orders, even with a limited menu.

We're staying downtown at the Hyatt (Jeanne Mance at Complexe Desjardin). Would like at least one place to be close, and happy to travel a bit to the other.

So:

Saturday night will be 60-80 folks
Friday night (could be Thurs) will be 30-60 folks
Promise that people won't starve waiting for food
Genuinely good food, but recognize that these many folks having a dinner party is not condusive.
$60-80, including tax and gratuity, but not including wine
Wine & drinks would be purchased individually, or happy to bring our own wine if permitted
Need not be a famous place, especially since it's GP weekend. A nice family place that could support us would be great.

Any and all recommendations appreciated!!!

Thanks,

--Dennis (or email, BigHeadDennis using gmail dot com)

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