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overpriced dim sum at Peony Pavillion in Princeton

ieee488 Feb 22, 2014 01:56 PM

We thought we would try it out since someone had posted that they had dim sum on weekends.
It is only at lunch.
From a menu. No carts.

small dish = $4.95
medium dish = $5.95
large dish = $6.96
extra dish = $7.95

quality was good but way overpriced in my opinion by at $0.50 - $1.50 per dish

And they stick you with $1.25/person "tea" charge. We had ordered only hot water, but the waiter still insisted the charge had to be there. Useless waiter.

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    fourunder RE: ieee488 Feb 22, 2014 03:51 PM

    with due respect, I'm going to have to disagree with you on pricing, especially since they are making them to order. Those are typical for suburbia...and charging for tea or even hot water is acceptable....the latter, unless you are heating a baby bottle.

    I would have no problem paying for those prices, especially if:

    1. I enjoyed the dishes

    2. It saved me at least$ 30+ for tolls, 25+ for parking and the aggravation of driving to NYC or Flushing.

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      ieee488 RE: fourunder Feb 23, 2014 08:02 AM

      Typical for suburbia?

      Not typical for Sunny Palace or Crown Palace.

      Charging for tea is acceptable. Not for hot water. There was nothing on the menu about the mandatory "tea" charge.

      We went there for the dim sum but when we saw the prices we decided to have something else and just two dim sum dishes instead so in my opinion we should not have been charged the mandatory "tea" charge.

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        fourunder RE: ieee488 Feb 23, 2014 11:03 AM

        It's typical for where I go in Parsippany or Ridgewood......last time I read or wondered, Princeton was considered an upscale community....along with that goes higher costs for businesses and customers.

        As for the Sunny Place or Crown Palace comparison, I have never been to any of the three places...but again, what are you really objecting to $10-20 for a party of 2-4. As I indicated, the travel costs and car maintenance would offset any savings.

        For the record, you have no idea what the costs are for Peony Palace are with regards to overhead, ingredients and labor and comparing their menu offerings to the others is moot, as you do not know the others' either, as well. I will agree it's overpriced , but only for you.....it may or may not be overpriced for others.

        Finally, to deem the Dim Sum is over-priced based on sampling only two items...and not having any of the other 13 items to judge is a bit harsh and unfair.

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          Foody4life RE: fourunder Feb 23, 2014 12:22 PM

          yep. When you're spending $ 2.5 million to renovate and open, you're probably going to charge a little more than the old places down the street.


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            fourunder RE: Foody4life Feb 23, 2014 12:29 PM

            Now I think they are under-priced.

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              Foody4life RE: fourunder Feb 23, 2014 12:35 PM

              another case of dim sum, lose sum.

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                fourunder RE: Foody4life Feb 23, 2014 01:24 PM

                Anthony Andersen ?

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              fourunder RE: Foody4life Feb 23, 2014 12:39 PM

              I'll opine further on the mandatory *tea charge* charge, which at $1.25 is both reasonable and very nominal for all you can drink tea. It's the price you pay to enter the restaurant for the Dim Sum Brunch. You can choose to have tea or hot water....or not. They do not place any minimums on you for ordering food , so charging you for Tea Service @ what is traditionally is a *Tea Lunch*, or *Yum Cha* is not far fetched

              The argument it's not done elsewhere has no bearing. It is what it is and Peony Palace policy is to charge for it.

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                ieee488 RE: fourunder Feb 24, 2014 12:32 PM

                The issue is that we did NOT drink tea.
                No restaurant charges for hot water. None that we have ever been too and that includes Asian and non-Asian restaurants.

                Because the dim sum was overpriced and changed our minds and did not have a whole mean of dim sum.

                It is another moneygrabbing tactic.

                We will NOT be going back there again.

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              ieee488 RE: fourunder Feb 24, 2014 12:34 PM

              We went to Sunny Palace yesterday.
              small $2.50
              medium $3.00
              large ? don't remember
              They charged $1/person for tea which was fine since we DID drink tea.

              Sunny Palace is 30-minutes drive
              Peony Palace is 20-minutes drive

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                Foody4life RE: ieee488 Feb 25, 2014 07:40 AM

                small clarification if others are looking for info online - it's the Peony Pavilion.


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                  ieee488 RE: Foody4life Feb 25, 2014 10:51 AM

                  Yes, sorry about that.

                  Unfortunately, I cannot go back and edit the Subject.

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                    The Chowhound Team RE: ieee488 Feb 25, 2014 11:57 AM

                    We made this edit for you.

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          yCf RE: ieee488 Feb 22, 2014 05:01 PM

          I think I was the one the posted about Dim Sum at Peony Palace. Thank you for taking one for the team.

          So is it actually better than the dim sum you get in Sunny Palace?
          Do they have a good variety of Dim Sum selection?

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            ieee488 RE: yCf Feb 23, 2014 08:06 AM

            The quality may be a smidgin better than Sunny Palace/Crown Palace but not worth the price difference in my opinion.

            Maybe about 15 items total on the dim sum menu.

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            miss_belle RE: ieee488 Feb 23, 2014 04:50 PM

            I have to admit this hot water thing has me wondering. Were you trying to circumvent the tea charge by bringing in your own tea bags or asking for lemon slices on the side by any chance? Just curious because I find drinking plain old hot water with a meal funny/odd.

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              ieee488 RE: miss_belle Feb 24, 2014 12:31 PM

              Bringing my own tea bags. Really? NO.
              How tacky do you think I am????

              I drink hot water at home in the winter all the time.
              I put a coffee mug full of cold water in the microwave and heat it for 1 minute.

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                miss_belle RE: ieee488 Feb 24, 2014 04:42 PM

                Sorry, didn't mean to offend. Never heard of drinking hot water. I learn something new every day here.:-)

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                  ieee488 RE: miss_belle Feb 24, 2014 05:06 PM

                  No offense taken.
                  It does sound weird, but that's what we do in the winter.
                  In summer it is regular filtered water.

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              hillbilly RE: ieee488 May 22, 2014 06:14 PM

              I'm going to disagree with you on this one. 2-3 dollar dishes were common few years ago when food price were much lower. A friend of mine have been running a restaurant for 6 years... in such short time, cooking oil doubled, rice went from $18 to $32 per 50 lb bag. Due to higher demand and raising wages in Asia, any food product from Asia have at least doubled (dry oysters, abalone, tea...). The list goes on and on. Have you been to the supermarket lately? A hundred dollar used to fill the shopping cart no longer have the same power

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