Peony Pavilion is a contemporary Pan-Asian restaurant. The large interior offers multiple dining areas, each outfitted with sleek, modern furniture and d�cor. At Peony Pavilion you can find your favorite Japanese and Chinese dishes as well as an array of sushi options.
The food at Peony Pavilion is totally authentic, taking its recipes and cooking techniques straight from the region that each dish originated from. Try the Chinese vegetable treasure dish, featuring Chinese squash, nagaimo and woody ear mushroom. Other popular entrees include dim sum, bamboo shoots with pork, cold jellyfish, beef tendon, tofu and veggie casserole, and beef dry pot casserole.
We visited Peony Pavilion for a group lunch and it did not disappoint. The menu has many items that may not be found at a more "Americanized" Chinese restaurant. The portions were large and we ate them family style. The server was very friendly and knowledgeable. His recommendations were delicious and we will definitely be back!
What appears to be Peony Pavilion 2.0 has arrived, and I think it's an improvement. The area now has too many Asian fusion type places and PP's switch to a more straightforward and ethnically deep menu (e.g., jellyfish, beef tendon) is welcome. The deserted sushi bar is no great loss. They are not trying to please everyone, but they certainly pleased me.
However, I can understand why someone expecting PP 1.0 would be disappointed, especially since the menu on OpenTable is no longer operative. The one on Weebly is about right except for the sushi.
I had the sizzling tofu with red pickled pepper and egg and it was terrific, as was the cucumber salad to start things off. Service was friendly and efficient, reminiscent of the old Sunny Garden.
The service was poor. Also the premises (grounds outside) were littered with junk from a previous night's party. Very unsatisfactory experience.
Menu changed. Food horrible. Our waiter barely spoke English. Never again.
Don't go !!!! The menu has changed. We went for a friends 50 th birthday ordered some appetizers. The chicken was smelling. We left and went to PF Changs.
The restaurant was empty !!!!!
Although we had eaten at Peony several times, we will not be returning. The food was bland and service was lacking. The menu that appeared on Open Table was misleading-- the restaurant has closed its sushi bar, but that was not mentioned on the web site. Serving utensils must have been in short supply: soup was served with teaspoons, main dishes with forks. Rice didn't arrive until after our sizzling platter had cooled down and then it was not what we ordered. Both the sizzling seafood and chow fun were tasteless. When we asked for mustard, we were told that they didn't have any (same goes for crispy noodles). The noise level was high due to several large parties seated nearby. Overall, it was a disappointing way to spend an evening.
Everything about this restaurant was awful. We waited a half hour for our table even though there were many empty tables available. We had to stop a waiter and ask him to take our order. It took forever for our appetizer to come out while people who arrived 40 mins after us were served their entire meal immediately. We took one bite of the vegetable dumplings and decided to leave the restaurant. A large table next to us told us it was their worst dinner experience ever.
Current menu, which looked so unmatched to the beautiful place, is limited to Hunan dishes only. I was looking forward to what we had there last year during holidays. Service could be more consistent among all waiting staff. Sorry to see its being scaled down trajectory, in both varieties and overall quality.
Thoroughly impressed with the food! Very authentic Chinese dishes that had vibrant and delicious flavor. Got to speak with the owner Lisa as well, her passion for her restaurant was obvious. If it was not for the convo with her, I would have never known that the orange peppers in the Crispy Spicy Chicken we're edible! (And tasted like popcorn!)
We have been through the numerous changes from Sunny Garden to now Peony Pavillion. Upon our first time at Peony Pavillion, we did not care for the menu. We heard that the entire kitchen had changed so we went back. GREAT. They have hit on the right combination of taste, menu selection, ambience and service. Will definitely go back.
We have eaten here many times and this last time 11/24 was terrible. Are there new owners? The menu was much less attractive, the service terrible. This went from one of my go to restaurants to one of the worst.Sad to see it.
Walked and the host pretty much laughed at my face for my reservation if 1. Don't judge me I was traveling alone. I order soup and an entree. The soup came out and 30 seconds later do did my food.....well what was I to eat 1st so it didn't get cold? The teapot wss chipped. Server was not pleasant didnt come back to check on me. Just not a great place.
The food there is very good, and very authentic. We started with Shanghai soup dumplings. For dinner I had braised pork and my husband had the chicken with garlic sauce.
The lobby was a mess, some project strewn across the table.
The menus had no cover, they looked like pages ripped out of a book, we had to ask for napkins which were paper because they ran out of cloth napkins.. Service was slow, food came slower. It's a shame, the place is beautiful and has so much potential to have some class but I was very disappointed at how unorganized everything was
The food was ok. We went there because we had a discount card from Birthday Pak. I was disappointed that the sushi bar was closed. It was a Saturday evening, about 5:15. Not sure if the sushi bar is closed permanently or not. But if it is, their website and menu need to be updated to reflect this change. There was also a bit of a language barrier between us and our waitress. Simple questions couldn't be answered. As I said, the food was ok. Not sure if we'd go back.
Can not say anything about restaurant because when we arrived they indicated they could not seat us because they had two major parties going on and no seating
Why accept the reservation request in first place ?
Always a favorite. A good Asian fusion experience.
The owner has gone back to her Chinese roots and introduced a wonderful, diverse menu of Chinese food - it is authentic and delicious. The decor in this restaurant remains beautiful and the service is actually an improvement upon our last visit. I am definitely going back again soon!
Service was poor - apparently he put in our appetizers of which some were cold. The soup had no flavor and he forgot to put in our main course. Then when he was time to leave we could not find him for our check.
We won't be heading back anytime soon and I think then need to change there voice message about being the "best Asian food in NJ"
Was surprised to find an entirely new menu at Peony. Its focus has changed from fusion to Chinese. This area can use a good Chinese restaurant and hopefully Peony will fill that void. Our meal was tasty, but we didn't venture into some of the more authentic dishes. Perhaps with better explanations from the staff, we will be more adventurous.
This is normally one of our preferred neighborhood Asian restaurants. But this last visit had uncharacteristically terrible service. It started with us asking if they had any specials that evening. A poorly trained server responded with, "what specials do you want?".
Service was terribly slow. Waiting almost an hour for our main courses, we even struggled to get anyone's attention to refill our water glasses.
Food was still outstanding, but they had better sort out their service issues.