Da Dong Roast Duck 北京大董烤鸭店

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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.

Location 

Wangfujing/Dongdan
王府井/东单
5/F, Jinbaohui Shopping Center, 88 Jinbao Jie
Dongcheng District
东城区
金宝街88号金宝汇购物中心5楼(近王府饭店)
200+ per person
Daily 11am-10pm
8522 1234
Smoking
Cash only
Dongsishitiao
东四十条
1-2/F, Nanxincang International Plaza, 22A Dongsishitiao
Dongcheng District
东城区
东四十条甲22号南新仓国际大厦1~2楼(立交桥西南角)
120-200 per person
Daily 11am-10pm
5169 0329
No Smoking Sections
All chinese and foreign credit cards
Yes
Tuanjiehu
团结湖
3 Tuanjiehu Beikou, Dongsanhuan Lu (southeast corner of Changhong Qiao)
Chaoyang District
朝阳区
团结湖北口3号楼东三环路(长虹桥东南角)
120-200 per person
Daily 11am-10pm
6582 2892/4003
No Smoking Sections
All chinese and foreign credit cards
Yes
Sanlitun
三里屯
Gongti East Gate
Chaoyang District
朝阳区
工体东门
200+ per person
Daily 10am-10pm
6551 1808
Yes
All chinese and foreign credit cards
Yes
Wangfujing/Dongdan
王府井/东单
6/F, Donghua Jinjie Shopping Center, 301 Wangfujing Dajie
Dongcheng District
东城区
王府井大街301号东华金街购物中心6层
200+ per person
Daily 10am-10pm
6528 8802
Yes
All chinese and foreign credit cards
Yes
Xi Dawang Lu and Soho Xiandaicheng
西大望路 现代城
4/F, China Central Place West area, Xidawang Lu
Chaoyang District
朝阳区
西大望路华贸购物中心西区4层
200+ per person
Daily 10am-10pm
8588 8900
Yes
All chinese and foreign credit cards
Yes

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User reviews of Da Dong Roast Duck 北京大董烤鸭店

Horrific Service, Good Food

Joined: Jun 17, 2010
Posts: 16
1

The Bad

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.

Just loved it

Joined: Mar 04, 2010
Posts: 37
4

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!

A place to impress

Joined: Jan 05, 2006
Posts: 14
5

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.

GREAT DUCK, PRESENTATION, AND SERVICE

Joined: Jul 29, 2011
Posts: -1
5

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

Don't Buy the Hype

Joined: Sep 22, 2010
Posts: 11
2

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.