In the past years, I had attended numerous events that were hosted at the Arcadian Court. Arcadian Court is located on the 8th floor of the iconic Hudson Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue stores at the Bay and Queen Street West intersection. Most of the time, the events that I attended were open bar along with hors d’oeuvres. This past Friday, my company’s holiday party was held at the Arcadian Court for the first time. Our past holiday parties were held at various hot spots around the downtown core. After a few years, we switched to other venues to keep things exciting and fresh. This was the first time that I had a sit-down full meal dinner at the Arcadian Court. I know the food at the Arcadian Court are being catered by the well-known Oliver Bonacini team, so I know the food would be in good quality.
We first went to the upper level of the reception area to grab some cocktails and let me tell you, there were tons of hors d’oeuvres being served wave after wave by the friendly staff. The food were delicious. From chicken skewers, spring rolls, fried potato with scallop to mac n cheese croquette, they were all nicely heated and served straight from the kitchen. Cocktails were generously poured and nicely mixed by the mixologists. My favourite drink of the evening was the lychee cocktail, so fruity and smooth!
After an hour and a half of mix and mingle with our colleagues, we moved down to main dining area. I really enjoyed the layout of the Arcadian Court. High ceiling, with the upper level over looking down at the main dinning room with the dance floor.
Special shoutout to the O&B staff, they were hardworking all night. The attention to details were top notch, always topping up our wine and iced water. When the entree came out for each table (10 people per table), the whole crew brought out the dishes and timed it at the same time and presented the dishes to our table. Best yet? They presented the right food item to each person without making a mistake! That’s impressive!
I ordered the braised beef short ribs and it was on-point. I was quite impressed that despite serving over hundreds of people, the beef short ribs still very tender and nicely cooked. Many other places that I been to, the beef was usually dried and hard to chew. Not at Arcadian Court, the O&B team delivered, which means they are capable of serving high quality of food with a large groups of people.
Thank you to Arcadian Court and the O&B team for bringing their “A” game to make our company’s holiday party a memorable and a pleasant one. And of course, thanks to our event team from our company for coordinating and planning for such a great holiday party! Thank you!
If you are an event planner, wedding planner or corporate private function planner, I highly recommend Arcadian Court. Great venue with beautiful decor, good location in the downtown core, tasty culinary food selections by the O&B team, it’s a perfect match!
401 Bay Street
Simpson Tower, 8th Floor