Peking Garden (Kettering)
A Chinese takeout option serving south Kettering in Dayton, Peking Garden is an option for Chinese food for most of the suburbs of southeast Dayton. It’s not a fancy operation, in fact it’s sort of tucked away in a strip mall in the suburbs that is almost impossible to find unless you know where you’re looking. Still, the Chinese food this spot offers is hit and miss in terms of what I liked and didn’t like. As with many of the spots in town, this one has specialties.
The menu is the prototypical smorgasbord of a hundred or so dishes with a variety of different cooking styles and ingredients among them. What I tried:
- Sesame Chicken: Was not a fan of this take on the dish, there’s definitely a sesame flavored influence but the sauce is a tad bitter from it. I also didn’t like the breading on what I tried.
- General Tso’s Chicken: This take on the ever-popular dish was interesting. It’s got just a few peppers to make it spicy, and the chicken is pretty crisp. The sauce is on the sweeter side.
- Orange chicken: Served up with orange rhind and a few peppers. The mix of citrus and spicy is just right, but it actually works really well.
- Crab Rangoon: Crunchy but with the soft cream cheese center. A simple app. Some of the lunch options come with them.
- Fried wonton: These wontons were all fried wrapper, and very little meat inside of them. Very disappointing, because there wasn’t a lot of flavor to it.
- Spring rolls: $1.10 gets you one spring roll, but it’s tasty. It’s crisp and filled with different veggies.
One other thing I will note, the price points are a little on the higher side, too. While the dishes here are priced similarly to other Chinese restaurants in the immediate area, they’re also boxed in smaller containers.
Service is decent. The first time I ordered delivery it came quickly and with no problem, but the second time the food was 20 or so minutes late. The food suffered a little bit for this.
As with many Chinese restaurants in the area, this one has strengths and weaknesses. Overall, I would say it can be a mixed bag in terms of what you can expect here. I do like some of the dishes I tried, and I didn’t like others of them. But overall the experience was middle-of-the-pack.
- You can order online or order by phone. Either way, delivery times are about average for a Chinese restaurant.
- The menus, which are distributed all over the place, have coupons on them for larger orders. There are some good potential deals.
- The restaurant makes good General Tso’s Chicken but some of the other dishes can be iffy.