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
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.
The service was very good. We had a private room and the waiters seemed very happy to be doing a good job, and took good care of the entire table. This is a big plus for those who want to show guests a good time in a hospitable atmosphere.
The food was marvellous. They explained the dishes to us efficiently (they didn't bang on and on) and that made the dining experience so much more meaningful.
The selection of food was vast. Even a common dish like the humble dumpling was done with top-notch attention to quality (eg. the succelent meat, the thickness and eveness of the dough) and they added their special touch to it that you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else (e.g. it was accompanied with 10 different types of vinegar!)
And the duck? Awesome. It's very beginner friendly, as once again they explain how to use different sauces, how to wrap etc. But they don't have an air of pomposity; they let you do whatever you want but simple take pride in explaining the traditional methods of the dish.