Peony

46 Gresham Street , London, EC2V 7AY

SquareMeal Review of Peony

It’s all change yet again at this upmarket oriental venue close to Guildhall. Gone is the short-lived private members’ club, and the modern Chinese menu has been ditched in favour of a more cosmopolitan pan-Asian approach. At lunchtime, the focus is on pho soups, Thai salads and a handful of mains such as salmon teriyaki. Dinner is rather more elaborate, moving from sushi platters and lettuce wraps with yuzu sauce to steamed Chilean sea bass with shimeiji mushrooms or honey-roast pork with olive rice. To drink, the eclectic wine list steers clear of bonus-busting excess and there are oriental-themed cocktails, too. Laid out across three floors with lots of dark wood and stained glass, Peony also incorporates a bar, and karaoke is still on the menu – for those who like that kind of thing.

Peony Location

46 Gresham Street , London EC2V 7AY

Opening times

Mon-Fri 11am-3pm 6-11pm

Peony's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 5.1

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Service: 5.1

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Atmosphere: 3.8

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Value: 3.8

Food + drink: 1

Service: 0

Atmosphere: 0

Value: 0

16 April 2013

Average. Very average. We were offered a coffee table (!) for “a 7 course meal” offer with Groupon, though the dead room downstairs was empty. We declined, were sent to the cellar. The “7 course” was ridiculously tiny (1/2toast of ‘crab’ -i.e. “carb” or “Cr*p” rather- =" a course"?). Starters were edible, no decoration, no effort, no presentation,just bland. The chef has no shame. Or the restaurant has no chef. “Dishes” were Camden Market type of dishes, just smaller portions. Noodles straight from any £5 MrWu open buffets. Only good thing was the Champagne. The service were abominable: not a single engaging smile, no comment, gloomy and po-faced, borderline unpleasant. With our offer we paid £38 for 2 instead of £108 (ah ah! the pretention, £108 for what?). Hardly worth the £38 price! We ordered more champagne, they suddenly wanted to add +£10 service, we told them to get lost. Avoid. Another restaurant who did NOT understand these offer are to get us DISCOVERING+COME BACK. We will not. Decoration is garish, Karaoke in the distance, and the service… the service. Thanatopractors.

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Food + drink: 2

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 1

Value: 1

03 March 2013

As another reviewer mentioned the Groupon advertised deal is misleading in that the plush images are of the upstairs area not the actual dining area which is very basic. The advertised cost of the food is preposterous and even the Groupon price is well beyond what you could reasonably expect to pay. We were greeted (I say greeted in the loosest terms) girl in a hoody who didn't know the words please or thank you, in fact she didn't say much at all who marched us downstairs to the basement and left at our table. The ‘Dim sum platter’ is 2 each which does not a ‘platter’ make. Eating the sweet and sour chicken reminded me of trying to gnaw on biltong. We were given a different dessert to what was advertised and this amounted to a minute scoop of ice-cream rather than the Swiss chocolate and avocado dish. We were told the battered soft shell crab and sesame toast starter was meant to be cold which even if true is not a good choice- cold battered greasy food? We would not return or recommend this venue. We will be complaining to Groupon about their advertising and the standard of the food. If you have the Groupon voucher and are yet to use it I would recommend getting your money back on the grounds of misleading advertising.

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Food + drink: 1

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 1

Value: 1

28 February 2013

Like other reviewers I purchased the Groupon “Seven-course Cantonese Meal with Champagne for Two” I cannot improve on the review posted by Mr Liang L – if I had paid the “Groupon value” price of £108.30 for this meal I would have been hopping mad. Sufficient to say that later in the day I felt that I had to send an email apology to my lunch companion. Caveat emptor!