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“All you can eat buffet”
Review of Dragon Pearl

Dragon Pearl
Ranked #74 of 183 Restaurants in Paignton
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Authentic Chinese cuisine in the heart of Paignton. We offer dine-in, takeout and delivery. Great for any occasion!
Torquay, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“All you can eat buffet”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

I have been twice now and the all you can eat buffet is the recommendation, go easy on the starters and duck so you have room for the mains

  • Visited October 2013
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Delabole, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“A good selection”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

We opted for the 'eat as much as you like' buffet. You choose your dishes and they are cooked to order, starters, middles and mains. It was all fine but nothing outstanding. The nice thing was that you could try a bit of everything.

Visited September 2013
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Thank The A
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Amazing value for money, decent Chinese food!!!”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

I went to this restaurant with my family and friends and what great service we received! The staff were attentive and very friendly. We felt very welcomed.
The food and drinks came out in a timely manner when ordered. I especially enjoyed the crispy aromatic duck and pancakes - the best I've had so far! They also have a buffet menu which allows you to order WHATEVER you want. amazing deal and means the food is freshly cooked as per your request!
The inside decoration is amazing! Lovely chandeliers and gorgeous Chinese paintings on the wall. The whole feel of the restaurant is very decadent and special.
We will definitely be back, an amazing night and attentive staff.

Thank you Dragon Pearl!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Fashionbote
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Paignton, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Disappointed”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

My partner and I were regular visitors to this restaurant but after the service we received on our last visit we have taken our custom elsewhere. There is a new waiter here that has been there for our last three visits and he doesn't appear to want to be there at all! We always choose the sit down 'eat as much as you like menu' and we always order the spare ribs and salt and pepper chilli chicken wings for starters. We have always asked if the chef could cook the spare ribs in the salt and chilli as well as the chicken wings and this has never been a problem and they have happily done that for us but since this new waiter has been there he immediately gives the impression that it cant be done when we have asked him but reluctantly takes the order to the chef and he has done it for us, until our last visit. When we asked for this to be done on our last visit the waiter immediately said that they won't do it to which we replied it had never been a problem before. He said they cannot do it today as they are too busy (there was one other table of two in the restaurant eating as well as a table of 5 but they had finished and were just settling the bill) we asked him to ask the chef but he walked off muttering something in chinese and asked at the bar if they could do it not in the kitchen to the actual chef who cooks it! The response was still a no and because of this and the attitude of the waiter we got up and left informing them that we would not be paying for the drinks we had ordered and informed them that their customer service was a disgrace. I must also add that we have never had a problem until this new waiter had appeared and now there seems to be no customer at all.There is a young man that works in there that i believe to be the son of the owner, now his service is very good, he is polite well mannered and will try to tend to what you want, but we end up with the man that is rude doesnt smile doesnt talk and the service is pretty poor, which is a shame because me and my partner enjoy eating there and have heard serveral other complaints about him from friends aswell, and because of that wont be returning while he is there.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank hmcrossley19861
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DragonPearlPaignton, Manager at Dragon Pearl, responded to this review, September 15, 2013
I'm sorry that you did not enjoy your night at our restaurant. In response to your comment, may I advise that our large extensive list of dishes on our buffet menu not only offers choice and value but we try our best also to accommodate all our customers requirements. Your request to completely change the dishes from our value menu is not something we normally offer - we have previously been very kind and accepted it as a one off. We also have a large takeaway service which you may not realise when commenting on how busy the night was. May I just add that you refused to pay for your starters as well as your drinks (and not just drinks as per your comment.)
We have never had any issues with our service or level of politeness of our staff, so this does come at a surprise.
We hope you find what you are looking for.
Kind regards.
Dragon Pearl Chinese Restaurant.
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Torquay
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“friendly service but the food is the star”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

I like this Chinese restaurant because they have two menus. One is authentic Chinese for Chinese customers, the other for westerners like me.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank davewithabeard
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