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Friday dining around Japantown?

I have to back up mrsricho. Having been to many izakaya in Japan, but open to the "fusion" prevalent on this side of the Pacific, O Izakaya was a disappointment. Not disgusting, but overpriced and definitely not delicious. A few dishes were good, the rest forgettable. I won't go back.

Casual Berkeley Rehearsal Dinner

I know it's been a while but I just wanted to give an update (it took a long time to make a decision). We looked into Great China in Berkeley but they won't do a private dinner of that size on the weekend --they would lose money on us since they usually have three seatings. We also looked into Hong Kong East Ocean in Emeryville, but they were a bit above our budget and the manager was not very interested in working with us to get the price down.
So we're going with Daimo in the Pacific East Mall. Not in Berkeley, but close enough, and we can take Marin Ave and other streets and avoid University. They have a set banquet that is about $19 pp, and we've asked them to swap out several items and they've agreed to do this. They require a 50% deposit the day before, since we'll be taking over half of their restaurant that night. It's not the most beautiful restaurant, but the food is decent, there's parking, and the price is right. Thanks for all of your help, and if there's anything you recommend we do or avoid for a party of this size there, I'm all ears.

Casual Berkeley Rehearsal Dinner

Thanks to all of your for your great ideas --I will definitely investigate and report back what I find. It IS on a Friday night, which i know will be difficult for traffic, but some of these suggestions are as close as one might hope.

It is quite like a play, or a production, anyway! I wanted my flower girls to wear tutus but got nixed on that idea.

And yes, there is hardly any good lodging in the Berkeley/Oakland area --it's rather surprising how thin the choices are. We've reserved a block of rooms at the Berkeley City Club, but the Claremont is too spendy and attitude-y for most our guests.

Thanks again!

Casual Berkeley Rehearsal Dinner

Hm. from the responses so far, it seems I may be asking too much. What if we upped it to 25/pp? Does that help? I guess my biggest priorities are location and parking... i once went to a wedding where people spent 45 minutes circling.

Casual Berkeley Rehearsal Dinner

hm.. probably about 10 kids.

Casual Berkeley Rehearsal Dinner

Sorry! around 40-50.

Casual Berkeley Rehearsal Dinner

I am getting married at the Lawrence Hall of Science in September and I'm looking for a place to have my rehearsal dinner. I've looked at the recommendations others have offered for similar group gatherings but my requirements are a bit different in that

1) I prefer something more casual and cheap --like $15 -20/person (we're blowing our budget on the caterer for our wedding!)
2) We'll have a ton of rowdy kids that will need to get fed fast and
3) I don't care if we have a private room or not. (though the other patrons might prefer this, due to number 2 above.)
4). We need someplace easy to park, and within a really quick drive from the Lawrence Hall (ie, I don't want to go into Oakland or Albany or even Emeryville unless I have no choice).
5). I'd like it to be good food. I know this seems asking a lot with all of my other requirements...

I am thinking Chinese, because it seems like that could meet many of these guidelines --but most the Chinese places in Berkeley are getting mixed reviews. (And I'm Chinese, so I really have to deliver good Chinese to appease the relatives). Do I have any good alternatives besides Chevys?

Best Salvadorean in the Mission?

sorry for the double post! I kept getting an error message so I thought it wasn't going through...

Best Salvadorean in the Mission?

I've seen a lot of discussion about pupusas, but what about overall Salvadorean food? I have a friend coming in from New York tonight and I want to make sure I show him the best possible time. Thanks!