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

If you like duck then visit else stay away

Joined: Sep 21, 2010
Posts: 58
3

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 .

Lots of hype, and worth every bit.

Joined: Oct 18, 2010
Posts: 3
5

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.
Heaven.

you get what you pay for

Joined: Aug 15, 2008
Posts: 39
5

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. Smile

hands down the best

Joined: Jul 20, 2010
Posts: 38
4

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.

Nice atmosphere, great food

Joined: Jul 18, 2010
Posts: 24
5

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.