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
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.