Beijing Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant (北京大董烤鸭店)
Dongsi 10th Alley, Beijing, China
010 5169 0329
Beijing Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant (北京大董烤鸭店) Reviews
Wonderful Food and Prentation to the eyes and belly Jun 19, 2015
The trip to Beijing would not be complete without the Peking Duck meal experience.
This restaurant is one of the top rate place to enjoy the famous Peking Duck in Beijing China. Reservation is highly recommend, as the restaurant can be very busy and crowded during dinner time.
On the way to the restaurant, we passed beautiful ancient grain house which originally built in 1409, and a few replica traditional Chinese buildings, which was once one of the royal granaries for grains and rice storage during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
When we arrived, the restaurant has an abundant staff just standing outside the door and great us in Chinese language. Once confirmed our table reservation, the staff usher us to the table which can accommodate up to six people, which is way too big for the two of us. Unfortunately the staff speak little English only and the service was mediocre and quite slow.
The decor of the restaurant is delicately designed with mixed Chinese traditional and contemporary style, and the setting is clean, bright, classical and trendy.
The menu selection was extensive from the red meat, poultry and seafood with English and Chinese languages, together with pictures beside each menu, to make it easy to decide which menu to choose for.
We had booked their special Roast Duck the day earlier when make reservation, and we add more dishes as we fancy.
Our mung beans entrée arrived quickly, it looks interesting, presented nicely with the whole vanilla strings, chilly and herbs leaves on top of the beans, and taste delicious. The portion of the menu was big, as we ordered small size and it still come up with six pieces of mung beans.
The aubergine mix with herbs, chilli, etc put on top of the corn crackers served with flowers and green salad leaves was superb. It was light, delicious and tasty.
The duck arrived not long after, and the Chef carve the whole duck skilfully in front of us and arrange it beautifully at the duck shape plates. The duck skin was crispy, crunchy and delicious. The duck meat was tender, smooth, and less oily or fat…. Love the whole dish here.
The pancake for wrapping the duck skin and meat was warm, soft and smooth compare with other pancake I have eaten at different restaurant. The complimentary duck sauce called hoisin sauce and the condiment was great.
Finally our stir fried scallops arrived. It presented beautifully with Chinese brown vegetables which is crunchy and a sweet tomatoes. The scallops was exceptional….. very tender and juicy….
Unfortunately I did not taste much of the stir fried vegetables we had, and the complimentary duck soup does not have much taste of it, except it taste and smell duck.
Once we finished the meal, the complimentary fruits arrived. It presented with ice under the fruits and also dry ice to create a smoke effect which looks very entertaining and interesting.
We also gets free complimentary sweet sago dessert which taste quite interesting and nice.
I love the whole dishes and presentation… it was beautiful, entertain to the eyes and belly and not hurt the pocket.
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May 02, 2007
I Peking Duck just to say I'd tried it and not really expecting to like it. It turned out to actually be really good!
The most famous roast duck chain in Beijing is Quan Ju De but our guidebook said that one has gone downhill since coming under government ownership and recommended DaDong. This place seems pretty busy, so try to get there before the rush or make a reservation.
If you've never had Peking Duck before, they will have a server demonstrate the 3 ways of preparing the duck. They also have a pamphlet that explains the three ways. 1) Crispy duck skin with fine sugar, 2) Sweet sauce with sliced leek, cucumber, and radish, 3) Garlic paste. The last two methods are also rolled into a small pancake before being eaten. My favorite was a mix of garlic paste and radish.
We only ordered half a duck (should've gotten a whole one). The chef brought out our duck for approval and sliced the meat in the dining area for us. The meat was excellent and not oily.
The other thing we really liked about this restaurant was all the freebies. There was a free fruit plate with an ice fog (see photo), there was free duck soup, and the tea was excellent.