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Old 04-06-2011, 12:28 AM   #26
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You can celebrate with drinks other than fucking cognac. Does anyone really actually like cognac? Just like serving shark fin and abalone, it serves no other purpose but to 'get face'. Nobody actually likes shark fin, and what's so great about abalone?

Shark fin = over priced garbage =/ (would never buy it)

Abalone.. actually I like the texture :P but still over priced none the less.. haha
Id buy it if it was cheaper
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Shark fin = over priced garbage =/ (would never buy it)

Abalone.. actually I like the texture :P but still over priced none the less.. haha
Id buy it if it was cheaper
Agree, good abalone is really good. But it's so overpriced, and you know it's not ordered because of how good it is. I'll take good scallops or oysters over abalone any day.

2 of my most memorable meals were abalone steaks in Taiwan, and freshly grilled scallops in Hokkaido
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My grandpa was a drinker and kept around a couple bottles of really good cognac. I've got a taste for it too, SkinnyPupp, what you said is so true. It's mostly a face-saving drink, something more popular due to it's reputation than actually because the guests will appreciate it.


My other grandparents run a fishery and seem to have a habit of entertaining clients and bringing them to family dinners. So I've had everything from cheapy sharkfin and abalone to the really good stuff. I actually find things totally opposite.

The sharkfin itself isn't really good, but the soup can be a totally awesome broth, something just simply amazing that takes real skill to make. I just wish they would make the soup with something else, but I guess they couldn't charge that much.

I've never found abalone any good. It's always chewy and rubbery to me, the texture just doesn't seem to bring anything to the table, and the flavor, although distinctive, just doesn't seem very attractive to me at all.
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Oh I agree, the SOUP part of shark fin SOUP can be really good. But then why not just have SOUP? That way, you don't waste money, and you don't have to worry about wiping a species off the face of the earth to 'get face'
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You might want to check out Shiang Garden in Richmond. They have pretty nice decor and the layout is open. I've been to a wedding at Kirin @ Starlight, and was just there yesterday for a baby banquet, but I think I prefer Shiang Garden more. Of course, maybe I'm partial to them given that I had my wedding there last year. We seated about 260, I believe. We seemed to get pretty positive feedback about the food.
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my cousins wedding was a kirn coq last year not bad of a place while his brother is having his at shiang garden this year, place is ok but last someone told me free dinner there cuz his friend did a job but they couldn't pay for it so they gave them a free meal

while shark fin soups is something im gonna take a pass on by heart but im still gonna eat it as the shark gave its life for it so in end it would me eat it as a token of appreciation (plus i also dun waste food)
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Old 04-14-2011, 05:34 PM   #32
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Thanks guys-

So far I've checked out:

Shiang Garden, SSW, Kirin @ Starlight, Floata and Top Gun. Kirin to me, still seems to have the best decor.

Regarding liquor laws:

Not very clear and every restaruant has given me a different answer. If anyone is in the same boat as me, Floata will let you bring in your own cognac if you really negotiate. Still waiting for a reply from BC Liquor control. No one wants to provide a straight answer. Pretty fustrating. If someone has more insight, please shed some light.

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I think by the book, you haven't been able to bring your own liquor for a long time already... not something new for 2012.

When I had my wedding, we were able to bring all of our own stuff, including our U-brew red and white wine... which is definitely a no-no.

Usually they won't make a big fuss about it... unless they've gotten in trouble for it recently.

My friends had a wedding banquet two weeks after mine at a restaurant just a few blocks away, and originally they were allowed to bring their own alcohol, but sometime between the negotiation and the wedding, the restaurant got in trouble because at one of their events, someone got shitfaced and went outside and starting puking and stuff and the police came. At least that's what I was told about it...
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but i've heard nothing but good things about kirin
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You can celebrate with drinks other than fucking cognac. Does anyone really actually like cognac? Just like serving shark fin and abalone, it serves no other purpose but to 'get face'. Nobody actually likes shark fin, and what's so great about abalone?
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Just something to consider, don't be convinced just by fancy decor. Not saying anything about any restaurant in particular, but quite often the nicest, fanciest restaurants can have horrible service and food. These are probably irrelevant in terms of face getting in many cases, but it will reflect the overall impression.
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Kirin @ Starlight is definitely a decent venue in terms of decor and layout... the one in Richmond is terrible though. Pillars everywhere, leading to blocked sight lines to where the head table would be.
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Shiang Garden, SSW, Kirin @ Starlight, Floata and Top Gun. Kirin to me, still seems to have the best decor.
Floata's not really known for good food. Been there for a wedding ages ago and the food was average at best. Only thing they have going for them is the venue.

While I've never been to Top Gun, I've heard poor reviews from friends and family. Dim sum & sushi? Really? And they own Richmond Sushi . . . that's enough reason for me to not go there.
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My cousin and her husband got married at SSW a few years ago. The restaurant gave them a discount because they paid the bill in cash. -first time that I saw the bride and groom counting $100 bills when it came time to pay up.
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Couple years ago my buddies sister was getting married, and he ask me and a couple friends to bartend cause they bought there own alcohol. Saved alot of money and it was the best wedding reception ive ever been too.
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what's the range in pricing per table for the menus at these places? I know it depends on what you want on the menu but is there like some sort of 'general' rate? say generally 700-1000 per table or something? I assume that the venue fee would be on top, would you have to pay extra as well if the staff had to stay later cause your party didn't clear out in time?
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20% handling fee?? Im sure you can negotiate with the manager.

XO Cognac??? Not a lot of people gonna be drinking them. At my friend's wedding, we had over 100 people but we didn't even finish up a bottle.
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$488 is on lower end, and $1088 is on the upper end.

$688 to $888 is pretty standard.
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If you have a lot of friends coming to the wedding that are not into Chinese food, then you might want to substitute the abalone dish for their tables. We did that at our wedding and kept the dish for the family. THe friends got a dish of prawns and snow peas.
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Anyone ever thought of renting there own hall and hiring a caterer so that way you can bring your own alcohol. Maybe check out one of the many South Asian banquet halls.
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Friend sent me an invitation to his wedding but it's going to be on the same night of UFC 131. I already have tickets so I'm thinking of showing up to the service during the afternoon and skipping the main portion of the dinner.

I've never had this happen before so hopefully people that have could chime in. How would it work if I were to show up after the event around 930? i.e. gifts/money etc.
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20% handling fee?? Im sure you can negotiate with the manager.

XO Cognac??? Not a lot of people gonna be drinking them. At my friend's wedding, we had over 100 people but we didn't even finish up a bottl
Both families can drink. I've negotiated Kirin to 10% if anyone is in the same boat as me. I'm sure you can get this down to 0. Golden Swan will not charge anything as well.

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Yes, Yes I did. Problem is- parents think this is a cheap route when it will actually cost me due to decorations etc.. But they're really only interested in status quo. God forbid you do something different. Might as well invite only 88 guests for luck.
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