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
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.