Da Dong Roast Duck 北京大董烤鸭店
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.
- 5/F, Jinbao Dasha, Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District
- Daily 11am-10pm
- 8522 1234
- ¥¥¥¥¥¥ 200+ per person
- Dongsishitiao 东四十条
- 1-2/F, Nanxincang International Plaza, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District
- Daily 11am-10pm
- 5169 0329
- Parking available
- No smoking sections
- Chinese and foreign cards accepted
- ¥¥¥¥¥ 120-200 per person
- Tuanjiehu 团结湖
- 3 Tuanjiehu Beikou, Dongsanhuan Lu (southeast corner of Changhong Qiao), Chaoyang District
- Daily 11am-10pm
- 6582 2892/4003
- Parking available
- No smoking sections
- Chinese and foreign cards accepted
- ¥¥¥¥¥ 120-200 per person
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User reviews of Da Dong Roast Duck 北京大董烤鸭店
I have been to the JinBao Jie branch countless of times and I never get bored of the food. The menu is very picturesque and huge with a large array of dishes for you to choose from. The food here not only tastes good but it looks good and you know the chefs have definately paid lots of attention to the plating and structure of their dishes. The roast duck here is the best in beijing, the skin is thin and crispy and the meat tender. My favourite way to eat it is to dip in sugar and put into one of those shell like pastry. You can order those extra for RMB 1 each. My other favourite dish is the Abalone rice with Chinese Yam and Truffle. It is one of the best dishes at Da Dong, though a bit costly but you definately get what you pay for. The abalone and chinese yam are cooked for approx 48 hours hence the really tender abalone meat and when you bite into the chinese yam bits you get a burst of truffle flavour, overall this whole dish just screams delish. I really recommend this dish if you want a taste of something extraordinary! (remember, its the abalone rice dish with yam, not the abalone dish because there are three different dishes with similar names, do not order the abalone alone because its not worth the price, and not as good as the rice one)
If you like crab or steamed egg or either one, the Alaskan crab steamed egg with chinese hua diao is also another dish to try, but be aware the smallest portion feeds four.
The warm soups/ chilled soups here are not worth trying so don't waste your stomach space on any of these. However, try one of those exotic dishes like duck tongue or duck gizzards.
The service here is average, there are waiters assigned to every section of the restaurant. It gets pretty busy during peak hours and on weekends so do make a reservation if you aren't the type who likes to stand around and wait. (keep in mind that waiting ranges from 15-30 minutes)
Overall, the food here is great though can be quite costly. A meal for two here can range from RMB 200-1500.
I went there last week with my boyfriend.
They don't take any booking after 6.30pm so when you arrive you may have to queue up, but they welcome you with free drinks and a nice area where you can sit and listen to music and chat.
When you receive the menu, the menu is huge with many delicate food options, we went for the classical roast duck, their signature dish and some rice and noodles. The food was amazing, I have never ever eaten a so good roast duck, not fat at all, well presented, with many condiments.
The service is not great but it's not terrible either. They speak a bit of English.
The prices are higher than for another random restaurant, but it is worth it and for the quality, there is nothing to say : the budget would be around 100-120 without drinks per person.
So I would highly recommend this lace if you are looking for a nice roast duck experience. It's clean and well decorated, you have space and privacy ...
The hard part is finding one's seat, even with a reservation, as the fu wu yuan are crazy busy trying to handle a huge volume of customers. Once the meal starts, the food is divine. We paid about CNY200 per person.
I arrived at the beginning of dinnertime, at around 5 pm, when the restaurant was almost completely empty. I hadn't made a reservation, and the bitchy, snotty hostess seated me at a table for 2 right next to the massive doors. This was during the dead of winter, so every time someone came in, a massive gust of frigid air would hit my back. I asked if I could be moved to any of the empty tables farther away from the door. The hostess/manager came back, and said, absolutely not, those tables have reservations, and hinted that I could leave if I didn't like it...
...SERIOUSLY? You're in customer service, and telling your customer that they can basically f*** off or freeze? I was too tired and hungry to go, so I sat during dinner with my winter parka on. It was ridiculous. Da Dong tries so hard to be one of Beijing's high-end restaurants, and its service fails so miserably. In what other premier restaurant would a customer have to put on a huge coat to eat? By the way, I kept a close eye on the tables farther away from the door, and there were definitely available spots. Also, I highly doubt that the people who made reservations asked for specific tables, so it should not have been a problem to move me somewhere warmer. Da Dong offers comment cards, and I wrote about my experience. Surprise, surprise, I didn't get a response, and there's no email listed to contact management.
The food itself was amazing. The basi (fried candied) apples were out-of-this-world: hot, crunchy, airy, fresh. The braised eggplant dish was an orgasmic: tender, creamy, a little bit sweet, the best eggplant dish I've had in my life. The chefs are obviously magnificent, and it's a shame the service was so vile.
If I ever go back, I'll have to specify ahead of time for specific tables.
Great place to eat or to drink. Everything is cool there, atmosphere, food always really good, service is perfect!
Try it, you won't be disappointed! Maybe I am excessif, but the dinner was really great!
Want to impress folks with great but pricey food? This is the place. The ducks are wonderful and the magazine-like menu is impressive just by itself. The contemporary food tastes as beautiful as it looks.
The food is amazing. one of, if not the best duck i have had in beijing. NOTE: it is a MODERN beijing duck, meaning it is cooked longer to drain most of the fat turned oil. it is more dry.
The menu is huge and overall delicious. alot of fusion food
The food is presented tastfully in a modern context. The setting is really good. nothign crazy good but It is above average in everyway.
Service is good for Beijing. You have to realize that china is not a service oriented country. this is crazy good for china. i wouldn't really complain even if it were the states.
BE SURE TO RESERVE A TABLE. OR PREPARE TO WAIT. BUT IF PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO WAIT FOR A HOUR YOU KNOW ITS GOOD
I went to the Dongsishitiao location for a large dinner with about 10 people last week. Even though we had a reservation for 7:30pm, we didn't get seated until 8:15. We were placed in the corner where it was difficult to get the attention of any of the staff. I believe it took 15 minutes to get soup bowls, which weren't delivered when they delivered the soup to our table in the first place. As for the duck itself, it was skinny and didn't yield much meat. The skin was also too thick and not crispy at all. It was a disappointment.
That said, some of the other dishes were quite good. I especially liked the duck soup served in an orange. It's nearly criminal how much they charge for their dishes. For a better bang for your buck, I think Jingzun Peking Duck is a better place to go. It might not be as impressive in size and decor, but for quality and service, it's better than Da Dong.
I have eaten here several times. The duck at Da Dong is even better than the more famous and much older Quan Ju De. There is simply no better peking duck to be found anywhere in the world. The other menu items, which are extensive, are overwhelmingly good and last but not the least staff are much prettier and efficient than other such chinese restaurants.
It is a pity that they serve great food but in the manners of a fast food restaurant, all our dishes arrive at the same time, the appetizers, the hot dishes, the duck...as many of these dishes were served per person, we found ourselves surrounded with different plates with hardly enough time to finish them, the result was they turned cold by the time we touch them. The receptionist and waitress all have bad manners, they do not pay attention to removing dishes, refilling tea, even getting our bill is a ten minutes wait. No one is really paying attention to the customers.
I have always love the food but it is painful to feel such great food killed by such poor consideration and manners in serving.
The title speaks for itself
That's what happened when my family and I had New Years Eve dinner there and got F00D P0IS0INING before daylight even hit. Poor sis had to throw up her whole dinner and got into cold sweat =(
The worst part is the management was really unfriendly, unhelpful and IN DENIAL when I phoned up to complain
I suppose that's what you get when they realise you're a LaoWai and don't think you can do much to complain about them
So here's me sharing my 2 cents worth
After eating at Quanjude and no-name restaurant ducks for a couple years I decided to try out the infamous Dadong.
Decor: I really expected something spectacular after reading about how nice it is. It was OK, but nothing approaching greatness. I was a bit disappointed as I took some out of town guests for dinner here.
Service: Not bad not superb. Our reservations were for 7pm, but we reached at 7:30pm. There were at least 30 people waiting in line. The staff got us a table in 15 minutes due to our reservation, but it took quite a bit of persuasive argument. Once we started to order a larger amount of food the service seemed to warm up. The complimentary fruitplate at the end of the meal was a nice touch.
Food: We ordered a couple ducks along with a few of the regular dishes. The dishes were the kind where the first few bites taste great, but as you get into the meal they seem to lose their magic. I'm not saying they were bad; they were decent, but not worth the prices paid. The duck itself was so so but that comes down to personal preference. I prefer fatty juicy ducks. One nice combo reccomended by a waitress was the skin with sugar alone. It was special. Again, the duck is not that different from ducks at cheaper restaurants and to me it doesn't sit at the same greatness a Quanjude duck does.
Overall: Not really impressive unless you want to show off long lines and better than average dressed people in Beijing. Overpriced and more of an 'in spot' rather than a truly great restaurant.
Ate here during the first week of Oct. Had an entire duck and 3 other dishes. The other dishes do taste delicious but are pricey. The duck is good--nice and lean too. I would go back for duck and some of the dishes but the service is unacceptably horrible. Once the restaurant started filling up with other patrons, the service got worse and worse. I had to yell at servers to get their attention in order to get another drink. And it's not natural to yell in a restaurant like this. Hand waving didn't work as the staff avoids looking at you altogether.
Worst part: asked for the bill twice. Each time was about 15 minutes apart. So after half an hour of not getting the bill I was about to leave without paying. I've never done that before. The waitress naturally ran after me apologizing, considering the check has been sitting in front of her on the table for over half an hour. I asked her to speak with her manager and she didn't dare budge to go get her. I told her i'm not paying for their 15% SERVICE fee, but she claims that's a food tax. Because the bill was about 700 yuan i decided to pay because I don't want to be the cause of her being fired. In retrospect, I should have just gone through with it and tried to get her fired. I was just so angry at the time, it felt best to pay, leave and never go back.
15% service fee is a joke considering the service is worse than McDonalds. They need to hire a better staff.
And i was not the only one with an issue. I saw a couple who was ignored and couldn't order until the guy got the manager who poked in to have a look. Inexcusable.
The flavours are typical chinese.
The menu is good the duck meat is decent. They have been here for a long time and continue serve good duck meat .
Eating once is good ,but my second visit was not pleasant as it seemed as the service was not upto the mark.
Visit once to check how in china they eat duck, thats about it .The restaurant has a typical smell .
Maybe i was lucky, but i just strolled in on Sat afternoon around 3pm and it was almost deserted.
Obviously i went, like everyone else, for the duck but living in HK it was going to have to raise its game to be any better than what we have down here.
It was good, i wouldn't say it was any better or any worse than what we get down south.
I also ordered a standard order of Scallops and the same of Spicy Prawns and WOW.
Both dishes were sublime not only in taste but also presentation and definately portion size (at least a dozen or more of each and less than 100RMB for each dish too).
The scallops and prawns were utterly sensational and i was soon disappointed i was alone and could not try more dishes from the menu, but any more and i would have seriously burst.
Three Tsing Tao's washed it all down and i was so content i could have rolled up in a ball and slept it all off there and then.
Stunning food (do not just rely on the duck).
Dadong has a huge reputation in BJ and i for one would find it hard to disagree.
they let you wait for a looooooong time before letting you in even though you already make a reservation. and once you get inside, there's another wait for the ducks to be served. BUT. once the duck come.... it's all worth it. worth your time and worth your money! Besides the ducks, their sour fish soup is worth trying too. My guests were very impressed when I took them here. They deserve every award they won at the beijinger restaurant award. :)
The conversation for where to go for Beijing's best duck pretty much begins and ends with Da Dong. There aren't other spots that can offer this kind of consistency and quality and across multiple restaurants. It isn't just Da Dong's duck that's great, the entire menu serves as an excellent example of modern Chinese food and would make a hell of a food porn book. The experience is not cheap, but as a splurge every now and then, its well worth it. After having Beijing relatives say that having eaten duck for many years, only after eating Da Dong did they realize how special the experience could be did I realize this was the spot for duck.
Although quite pricy, Dadong definitely lives up to its reputation as one of the top Beijing Duck restaurants in the world. With a beautiful interior, the restaurant had a great vibe and incredible service (although the exterior of the restaurant features some great Chinglish, with a sign that signaled that we had indeed arrived at the famous “Chef Dong’s Braised Sea-Cucumber Restaurant”). I got a chance to try out a wide variety of dishes, from the squirrel fish, which was perhaps too strongly flavored but still very well done, to eggplant, which was cooked perfectly. And, of course, I was able to try out the duck, which was absolutely delicious (as always). Despite claims that Da Dong has the highest quality ducks, I thought that the duck was perhaps only marginally better than other top duck restaurants. Nevertheless, I have to say that the overall dinner that I had was spectacular.
I went to DaDong recently for a welcome dinner and I was thoroughly impressed with the restaurant even coming from New York City. The decor is elegant--white table cloths and marble floors evoke a classic upscale restaurant feel and it manages to retain a Chinese air as well--and I found the presentation of the food to be equally pleasing. I would particularly recommend the smoked salmon appetizer, which came in the shape of a flower and was surrounded by some fried dough kind of like a Japanese dish.
I don't consider myself a duck connoisseur, but I wasn't particularly impressed by the duck. It was flavorful and the skin was crispy, but it didn't seem that different from the other top duck restaurants in Beijing (like quanjude). Also, the presentation of the duck, while cool, didn't actually seem to taste that good (particularly the demonstration when skin is put into straight sugar, which was pretty gross I thought). Overall, it's a beautiful dinner but not worth the pretty hefty price tag.