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 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.