Selling itself on the claim that its birds (RMB 198 per whole duck) are leaner than those of other roast duck joints, Da Dong’s two classy branches more or less bookend the 2km strip between Changhong Qiao and Dongsishitiao. Arguments will never cease as to which kitchen produces Beijing’s best roast ducks, but Da Dong’s ability to transcend the duck genre is marked by its repeated wins as "Best Chinese Restaurant of the Year" in the Beijinger’s annual Reader Restaurant Awards. Try dipping a slice of duck in the sugar provided alongside other condiments – somehow, it works beautifully. The 160-page menu is a work of art in itself, with a plethora of duck dishes backed up by vegetable dishes, soups and more. If you’re only going to eat duck once in Beijing, book a table – or else be prepared to wait for one – at Da Dong. Voted best "Chinese Restaurant of the Year," "Beijing Duck" and "Best for Impressing Visitors" in the 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards.
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User reviews of Da Dong Roast Duck 北京大董烤鸭店
As a tourist, to find great Beijing Roast Duck ?
When I'm in China, I use China Travel Service, it's the best for meeting tourists' requirements. I and a friend arranged a one day tour to travel in Beijing, private car , driver and your guide..
I asked my travel guide Miss Candy, where , can I find there today ?
She said " Da Dong, but it's fully booked, every night, I'll try to us get in tonight "
My feeling was .. Umm , can she arrange ?
We got there real early and waited until they opened for the evening , we could dine but had to finish by a certain time as the table was YES , already booked.
My reaction, as I enjoy Beijing roast duck, was.
Yes, let's eat, so my friend , me , Candy and the driver
We went in, Wonderful !! This was an unbelievable sight, seductive blue lighting, impeccable decor, generous size tables, very attentive waitresses, we sunk into the comfortable seats.
LA, the huge menu offered superb range of mouth watering dishes.. Where to start?
Ah Hah!! I used a Kiwi-trick.. "What would you like to eat?"
CTS to the rescue.. Candy said " recommend xxxx"
We had a range of wonderful entrees,
Chicken, several other dishes and Da Dong's speciality Beijing Roast Duck with light fragrant Chinese tea.
The waitress ushered in each dish when it was ready.
I wanted to enjoy this special time and went to see the special focus area, where cooks gently roasted in, four large roasting ovens, each taking four ducks at a time,.
Soon a chef arrived at our table, presented the fragrant roast duck and with a flourish carefully started to slice the duck the waitress brought these to us, . feathery light pancakes with condiments, we gently wrapped these and enjoyed every mouthful.
.. A diners delight.. .
Too soon our time was up,
My friend and I paid the bill,, four diners, for less than US$120, a bargain .
I floated out, happy
Overall, I was impressed,, great taste, great food with best service.. Beijing at its best
We've been going to DaDong for quite some times, and as friends came to visit us we wanted to try the new " Taste of DaDong" restaurant. What a huge deception... As nobody told us you have to order the duck 1 day in advance when we made the reservation, we had to wait for more than 1hour and a half (staff told us 1 hour when we ordered...) to get a "baby duck", which was in fact just skin and 2 legs... When we complained about it, the staff told us it was normal and that it was a special 2 days old duck, when facing more complaints (and the fact that there was no way it was a 2 DAYS old duck...) they just keep pretending it was normal to be given that for 288RMB.
I strongly advised to stay away from this new concept, as it feels really like a scam and we were graciously offered 3 egg tarts (and unfortunately bad ones) to make us forget about the really long waiting time...
Had to serve wine for our table twice as staff walked by a number of times while glasses were empty. Then finally filled glasses but left the bottle out of the ice bucket do I had to walk over and put it back in! This after having to ask twice for our pancakes 20 mins after our duck arrived! No apologise just surely service. Never going back!
These guys are outrageously known for their sub standard cleanliness...and outrageous prices, and just plain sub standard duck
My experiences here have always been low points on my culinary excursions
You want a good duck, I advice you go to Hua Jia Yi Yuan: Best I have eaten in Beijing or anywhere for that matter and unique from dumps like Da Dong...
I have just left Da Dong restaurant in Beijing feeling quite sick. It wasn’t the food though. It was the maggot crawling between the plates that made me nauseous. And also the attitude of the staff when we quietly complained.
After waiting for some time we were first offered to have the water and 2 cans of coke removed from the bill. Further complaints raised the discount higher, but we weren’t actually in the mood to negotiate with them so we just told the manager, “Take what you think is fair off the bill”. He presented us with the card machine where he had charged us the full bill! 1975 RMB for three people is not cheap even with free maggots.
I don’t know how this works in China, but in the UK the health and safety executive would be paying a visit after seeing our video of the maggot in question.
The management of Da Dong obviously feel that maggots crawling on the table is no reason to complain or to offer some recompense but I would never set foot in the place again. Do you really want to pay these kinds of prices and risk an unwanted guest at your table? I was at dinner with friends but imagine taking a loved one for a special night or an important business client. I can tell you that a maggot crawling on your table will change the mood somewhat as well as removing any memory of the food.
On a final note I am sorry to say that the Duck was not that great. I have certainly had better in Beijing without the huge bill, the maggot or the surly attitude of the staff. Not a place I will be visiting again. Next time I want Beijing Duck I will go to the one in Tianamen Square.