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

The best beijing duck

Joined: May 13, 2011
Posts: 14
4

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.

Awful Service

Joined: Mar 09, 2010
Posts: 2
1

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.

Re: Food Poisoning at Dadong Kaoya

Joined: Sep 21, 2010
Posts: 1
1

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 Sad

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

Overated

TK's picture TK
TK
Joined: Jul 30, 2007
Posts: 12
2

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.

Good duck, expensive dishes, worst service

Joined: Jul 13, 2010
Posts: 74
2

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.