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Looking for Nabemono Restaurant in Toronto

Hi,
I recently tried Nabemono in Hawaii and fell in love with it. Any recommendations for Nabemono restaurants in Toronto? Does Japanese Hot Pot exist in Toronto?
Thanks!

Dec 18, 2012
zinasj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hart House Wedding?

Hi,
We got married August 20th, 2011 so ya it was very humid and hot. We weren't told about the air conditioning truck, but May or June shouldn't be too bad. The food was really good - from what I could remember. Our parents went to the tasting because we couldn't make it and they were pleased. The presentation of food was was nice too. We didn't have cocktails at Hart House, We had them at Christie Mansion - Also a UofT building (Regis college -pretty site also and they have air conditioning).
Our menu at Hart House was:
1. Tomato, buffalo mozzarella and argula salad (good)
2. Black Pumpkin Ravioli (REALLY good, but this is from the 2010 menu)
3. Chicken (we had the 2010 style option with asparagus, I'm more of a seafood person so I wanted the fish but more people eat chicken and parents said chicken tasted better from the tasting) I remember it being good
4. Strawberry Rhubarb crumble w/ ice cream (ok but at this point I was looking forward to the dessert table that never came...)
Tips: If you get ready at hart house (ie hair and makeup stylist comes to you) not many plug points around which are needed for hair curlers and straigtheners. There is a room on the 3rd floor that you can request to get ready in - it is airconditioned - The Bickersteth room - it is bigger too.
You can request any wine (red, white, sparkling) from lcbo (check lcbo's webpage) - you don't have to go with hart house's wine list. There is a corkage fee but it is less for ontario wines.
You can request to have your suppliers drop off decor items the day before - this was quite important for us because we had quite extensive decor,
Check the room rental rate between the different days of the week to confirm if friday and sunday is less than saturday.
We had our dance floor in the middle of the great hall because we heard from others that if you have it at one end of the room, there is an echo created... so speakers should be in the middle of the room...
Another thing you can do at Hart house is create a signature drink (most venues allow this) it can be any drink/any type of alcohol available at lcbo and they will bring it in, you just have to give them the recipe.
Your coordinator is paid to be there for 8 hours on your wedding day. This could be to set-up during the day - lay out menu cards and name cards, help you decorator because there is another event head that oversees the dinner reception portion.
I heard that it is possible to have dinner in the courtyard too...

Dec 01, 2011
zinasj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hart House Wedding?

oh and some of our guests did request bottles on the table and the servers complied because they made us close the bar during dinner. Our courses were staggered, we told them when (what time) to serve each of the courses, the first 3 were fine, but had to wait 1.5 hours after the entree for the dessert. They did not stick to the times we gave them

Dec 01, 2011
zinasj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hart House Wedding?

hey,
Ya you can do friday weddings,more likely the space is available during the summer though, but you probably want to do it during the summer, when there are less students around... just watch it doesn't get too hot. there is no airconditioning, they provide large industrial sized fans but they are not enough, there were 140 of us and definately very warm... Also, we had a curtain back drop for the head table and when the fans were pointed towards us, the curtains didn't stay down and affected the clarity in which we could hear the speeches. Another thing is they are huge and unsightly in photos.

Also if you do book with them make sure you keep them on the ball - our coordinator was horrible (devon)... e.g. we booked a dessert table (and pre-paid for it) and it was not served at the wedding!
It is a very nice venue though... another thing is they have purple lighting -we didn't even know it was there until the wedding reception, not good if your wedding colours don't go with the purple...
Let me know if you have anymore questions...

Dec 01, 2011
zinasj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Wedding venue - Toronto, good food, large - impossible?

hey,
I had my wedding at Hart house this past August (20th)... The large industrial fans they provide were not enough, there were 140 of us and definately very warm... Another problem with the fans were we had a curtain back drop for the head table and when the fans were pointed towards us, the curtains didn't stay down. Another thing is they are huge and unsightly in photos. A bunch of our cutting cake photos were not "perfect" because there is a huge fan right behind us... July is pretty bad too I heard a couple had to move the dance floor outside (unplanned ahead of time) because the great hall was too hot. The fans are loud too, we had to turn off the stage one during speeches because we could not hear the speaker. The thing you have to remember about early september is frosh is going on and a new school year is starting up, might be quite busy around... Ask about AC, when we booked in summer of 2010 (for aug 2011 wedding) they said they were getting AC, they might have it running by next year...
Also if you do book with them make sure you keep them on the ball - our coordinator was horrible (devon)... e.g. we booked a dessert table (and pre-paid for it) and it was not served at the wedding!
It is a very nice venue though... another thing is they have purple lighting -we didn't even know it was there until the wedding reception, not good if your wedding colours don't go with the purple...
Let me know if you have anymore questions...

Nov 29, 2011
zinasj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hart House Wedding?

Hi,
I am having my wedding at Hart House at UofT next year, can anyone let me know about their experience with Hart House?
Is the Food good? How is their service with wedding coordination?

Thanks!

Jan 18, 2011
zinasj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Wedding Reception Venues Needed! Help!

They are closed down, I got through today. I think it was the lady that answered and she said they were closed down now :(

Dec 08, 2010
zinasj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Wedding Reception Venues Needed! Help!

Are they easy to reach? How is their customer service? Their website seems to be down and their phone/voicemail seems iffy...

Dec 07, 2010
zinasj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Istanbul during Kurban Bayrami (Eid el Adha)?

Hey,
I'm thinking of visiting Istanbul during Kurban Bayrami (Eid el Adha). Is this a good idea? We would like to go out to good restaurants and bars for partying. Does anyone know if the party scene will be dead?
Thanks!

Nov 08, 2009
zinasj in Europe