Peony Pavilion
Peony Pavilion

Peony Pavilion

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.peonypavilionprinceton.com/
  • Phone: 6095801850
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French / Japanese, Japanese, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Yoshi & Tommy
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chef will bring in his own Sushi Case to offsite locations to offer Catering Services.
  • Private Party Facilities: Exotic, classic elegance with several private & semi-private dining rooms plus mouth-watering Asian Fusion/Sushi cuisine make Peony Pavilion extremely desirable for hosting events. Accommodates 20-200 guests. Perfect for holiday gatherings, social or corporate events.
  • Private Party Contact: Eddie Chia 8557817504
  • Entertainment: Party room is equipped with Wi-Fi, Karaoke system, Projector, Speakers, and a Surround Sound system for conferences, off-site meetings or private parties.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: US 1 Southbound
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample private parking lot is available
A word from Peony Pavilion
Peony Pavilion, a Japanese and Asian Fusion, BYO restaurant with a lush, exotic, romantic decor and a star-studded culinary team, is the newest addition to Princeton's vibrant dining scene. The unique menu takes its cue from time-honored East Asian cuisines with contemporary approaches using the freshest, finest ingredients to be found including exquisite sushi and sashimi dishes. Peony Pavilion is named after a famous 16th century Chinese opera. The peony, which symbolizes good fortune, peace, prosperity and nobility, is interwoven throughout Peony Pavilion's dramatic interior design.
Major renovations to the former Sunny Garden restaurant create an exotic and romantic atmosphere, Peony Pavilion features several unique dining areas, and a dramatic foyer with a soaring ceiling and dangling, jewel-like red pendant peony motif chandeliers. Comfortable and discreet booths line the main dining room where a large, popular sushi bar commands center stage.
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Peony Pavilion reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (20)fit for foodies (20)good for groups (18)neighborhood gem (17)special occasion (14)great for lunch (8)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • great local Asian gem
    billlVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    terrific food, and we tiied lots of stuff (rolls, friend noodles, gyooza, dumplings, ) every one a delight And great that it is byob too
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • SanchoPanzaJrVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Dim sum terrible. Don't get the ribs with black bean sauce or the shrimp dumplings. Ribs were like small vertebre in a tasteless brothy sauce. Shrimp dumplings too sticky and had to fight to get shrimp out of the dough. Service mediocre. Took a long time to get 3 dishes. Pork bun good.
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  • Great sushi and Asian Fusion
    LisaML
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Peony Pavilion is a great place for sushi and Asian Fusion cuisine. The sushi is super fresh and rolls are unusual combinations. The one must-have is the filet mignon carpaccio, it is out of this world. They are changing up the recipe and checked in on whether the current version or the former was preferable (I vote for the former). The sea bass entree was wonderful with a subtle mix of flavors of the miso sauce.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Wonderful Experience
    jimmycVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Wonderful food, presentation and very friendly and responsive service.
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    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Awesome sushi rolls
    JBWWVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I have had sushi rolls here as good as any I have ever had. The Angry Dragon roll is particularly good. Unfortunately, they do not deliver, and the inside is a little dark and staid. But the food is very good.
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  • Different sushi experience
    Beth08559
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The restaurant has a more sophisticated ambiance than a normal sushi restaurant. The presentation is like no other local Asian restaurant I have experienced. The combination of flavors are different and unique. Prices were a bit high but food was memorable. Service was attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, quiet and stylish decor
    NJAnalyst
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was my first time at this Japanese restaurant and I enjoyed the experience. Food was very good and fresh. Service was prompt and polite. The location is convenient to the Market Fair Mall and is one of the better restaurants in the area. Prices were a bit higher than similar Japanese restaurants.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Fusion Dining Experience
    VisitAgain
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My first visit to your restaurant was an excellent dining experience. Loved the unique taste of sesame toasted salmon with spinach pasta. Will visit again. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but one dish a bit off
    ElleyBelle
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had some very good sushi, sashimi, fresh uni and tuna tataki but the fusion Island Duo dish of scallops and shrimp was a disappointment. The sauce of tomatillo and avocado was what enticed me and although the shellfish was well prepared the sauce was cloyingly sweet which I found very off-putting. Not a good combination. Otherwise everything was great.
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  • Excellent Seafood
    RysdesVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had omakase -- 8-course of appetizers made with mainly raw fish. We brought a bottle of Argentine Malbec. Surprisingly the berry flavor goes very well with the lightly sweet & salty sauce. Yoshi, the sushi chef, is very personable. We enjoyed our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Japanese / Asian fusion place
    vgbernard
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My wife and I have been looking for a Japanese / Asian place in the Princeton area, that has not only great food but also a nice and comfortable interior. This is it. The interior is real delight, it is very comfortable and you feel in a different continent. The service was very good. We tested some new meals, new special rolls and it was great. Overall pricing is reasonable. It looks like we found our new favorite restaurant.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In the mood for sushi
    rarediner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Wanted to get some sushi, but wanted to dine out, so decided to try this restaurant since it changed ownership and food focus. The restaurant was welcoming, and the service friendly and respectful. The portions were quite substantial and the presentation was elegant. an Per my request, hey prepared a dish that was not on the menu (chicken tempura roll) and it came out delicious. It was and enjoyable experience and I will return. The owner said business has been quiet, but that evening was surprisingly busy. I hope traffic picks up and they are successful, because they seem to be hardworking and aiming to provide a pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dining experience
    Ginoitaliano
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was terrific. The place is gorgeous. The wine list great- the sushi bar authentic (although a companion tried it-I dont eat sushi) The only reason to dock this a star is the waitress did not speak very good english and we had to correct a couple of her mistakes. Otherwise a real good experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended!
    localdiner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were in for an early dinner last Saturday and had an exceptional experience. Decor was wonderful, food was excellent, service was outstanding. We don't live nearby but will happily travel back again, the experience was worth it. Everything we tasted was incredible, however the Kobe special rolls were an especially unique find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • A Dining Must!
    Matt
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Great dinning experience in Princeton. Although not the easiest place to find due to its location, it should be on your restaurant list when visiting the Princeton area. I highly recommend the Tam Yam Soup and Pad Thai.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good
    SosiVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food was good but not exceptional. Service was very good. Large salad portion. Sushi was fine. Good presentation. Did not like the automatically 20% gratuity added to our check for table of 4. 18% would have been more then enough. This is not NYC fine dining.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • report
    Igor
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    food is good and service was fast and attentive. The sashimi can be better, but other food was on the level.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Best sushi around!
    FeedURbodyrightVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Hidden gem (not visible from main road). Food comes out as a true work of art and taste just as good! Service is good although we always need a bigger table for the some of the food offerings ordered (for 2). My third visit and have not been disappointed once.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't Hesitate. Make a Reservation
    GeeDubs
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I don't ordinarily take the time to write a review, but we went to Peony Pavilion Saturday evening and it was fabulous. You know a restaurant is good when it is more or less catered to adults, you enjoy a two hour meal, and your 13 year old son is telling you the next day how excellent it was. Great spacing on seating. They can accomodate groups of 6 and 10 at round tables. Low noise. Great food, better service. I would go there as a couple or as a family. Just go.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good until the tempura
    George
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We enjoyed smoked duck, back ribs and coconut shrimp for appetizers. The soba noodles with vegetables and lamb were very good. The chicken tempura came last. The chicken was dry, there was an excess of batter that wasn't cooked all the way through, still gummy next to the chicken. That was too bad, because the rest of the meal was quite good.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Geeruby
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Beautiful décor and delicious food. You must try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • More fanfare than substance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We called to come sooner and were told that was fine. A panicky blond hostess tells us the chef is overwhelmed due to a party and we have a 15 minute wait to be seated. I sit, the hubby goes for a ciggy. 10 mins we get seated in an almost empty restaurant. When I commented on this, the hostess says, "Well you only had to wait two minutes, what's the problem?" The calamari were fresh, so greasy that we didn't finish them. Tempura vegetables, same problem. The main courses were winners. My husband's rack of lamb (read three lamb chops) were rare, great glaze, and my sashimi was spectacular. Creme brulee was good. Not sure we'd go back, too much drama and poor quality-price rapport despite a coupon.
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    romantic
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  • Fabulous
    rutg
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Both the food and service is top drawer , the tuna guacamole was out of this world.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service & nice atmosphere
    NNdines
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Eggplant tofu appetizer, California roll and avocado peanut roll were very good. The tempura was bland and overly coated as was the coconut shrimp. BYOB always appreciated! This place is perfect for a leisurely dinner and has a lovely, quiet, refined, adult atmosphere so please leave the kids at home if they are going to be restless.
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    romantic
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 36 reviews are from the Peony Pavilion reviews archive.
  • very enjoyable
    jimmycVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    It was our first time there and it's was quite nice. The dinner was delicious and service was just right. Came when we needed it yet didn't hang on us. We will definitely go again.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    This is an underated Japenese/Asian-fusion restaurant that deserves to be 'discovered' by more diners, because it lacks for nothing: great food & attentive (but not intrusive) service, in stylish, tasteful surroundings, offering a wide variety of dishes to choose from, & for the most part very reasonably priced. Overall, we'd rate the experience 'A'/excellent; we've had a great meal & time every visit.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nonicknameVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Beautiful setting, fine service, delicious (if expensive) food. However, chipped dishes marred the beauty of the arrangements. Small defect, but not welcome in a restaurant that aims for the stars.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Sushi Gem Near Princeton
    JoelD
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    A couple of million dollars renovation from the previous Sunny Garden created a very tasteful, creative ambiance. The restaurant calls itself "Asian", but Japanese fare dominates with touches of Thai and a few very American ingredients. We focused on sushi. It was very fresh and handled and presented beautifully. It was a quiet Tuesday evening, but even if full it would still be a very relaxing, intimate experience. tables and booths are large and not encroaching on neighbors. Service was very efficient and non-intrusive. BYOB is a plus, but they do have some local wine selections. Next time will try some of the kitchen-produced dishes. Location is just off the beaten path, but well worth the extra couple of turns to find it. Do go.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not too impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Average place, don't find it exciting or tasty. Nothing like when this location used to be Sunny Garden.
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  • Did not disappoint!
    Maggie
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I lived in this area for many years. Sunny Garden was a favorite, but I was very impressed with the Peony Pavilion! I was there with a multi-generational group of 8. D We tried specials, sushi, Thai items, and basic fried rice and teriyaki. Everyone was more than pleased with their choices, and enjoyed sharing. The only problem noted, was the lighting. Cell phones were used by the middle to older aged in our group, to read the menu! I wish the money spent on covering the windows with lattice, had been used to beautify the lovely lawn outside the window.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced dim sum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We thought Peony Pavilion had decent food but was generally overpriced, particularly for dim sum. No carts for dim sum, just order off of a menu. You get most of the items that you would expect for dim sum but it's not as extensive as other places.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Impressed
    TreborNagrom
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Excellent food presentation. Very attentive and collaborative service. Authentic Japanese flavors. Nice pace for food delivery (again, authentically Japanese)
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & presentation
    lovetodine
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Recommend...friendly staff, clean, great food and presentation. Dined with friends on a busy Saturday night. The restaurant has a wonderful quiet soothing atmosphere. I have been to some restaurants with great food but very noisy and hard to have conversation. Highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Varied Menu
    Sammy
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This was our first time at this restaurant. The food was surprisingly good. I say surprisingly since the impression one gets when first entering the dining area is underwhelming. Now, this may have been because the website pictures presented an illusion as to the restaurants size and décor. The reality did not match. We found the ambiance lacking. But, we go to a restaurant for good food and service. The food was terrific but the service could be better. After our first would-be waiter disappeared without ever taking the order, we were assigned another waiter after we inquired as to the whereabouts of the first. The second waiter was very courteous and efficient. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great decor, great presentation
    scotchontherocksVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Sushi was quite good but the presentation was amazing. Our dish came on a bed of ice, with colored lighting underneath, and a dried flower arrangement above. A sushi garden!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • A Welcome Dining Addition
    FineFoodie
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    It is nice to have a restaurant that is not attached to a mall or in a shopping center so that there is no hassle with parking. It is also a plus that Peony Pavilion is not on a busy street so there is not sound of traffic going by to detract from the dining experience. The ambiance is very nice with soft music playing that allows conversation to take place without having to speak over the music. the staff is very attentive and responsive. The food is delicious and the portions are just the right size. I heartily recommend Peony Pavilion to anyone who enjoys Asian cuisine.
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    neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Great food, terrific and friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Great food, terrific and friendly service, and a really nice atmosphere. I look forward to eating here again and recommend it to others.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, should get better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Had to wait 20 mins past our reservation to get a table. Water glasses were never refilled. Ambience is really nice, they simply need more help on a Saturday night.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mostly quite enjoyable
    Gobballero
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Very impressive entry area . The hostess was very friendly & helpful. Our reservation was honored & we were seated within 5 minutes. The restaurant is a BYOB, but they do have a selection of very nice New Jersey wines. The service at first was a little slow & erratic, but after I brought this to the attention of the maître de, everything went smoothly. The food, from the appetizers to the desserts were excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and will recommend Peony Pavilion to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy Chinese-Asian Fusion
    CeeSeeVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Great value for the Box Lunch. We have tried the A B and D. The latter with the tender tasty steak was delicious.Tried sushi lunch box too. Good deal. Food presentation is great and the white china is very nice to have instead of plastic or chipped ones we usually have to eat out of in Chinese restaurants. Tempura Fried Ice Cream was a wonderful delicious treat. The birthday girl enjoyed it. Very clean and elegant atmosphere. Dim lights conducive to conversation and dining. Although others found it too dark. Probably due to their age!!! Will go back to try the dinner menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.