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

Beautiful presentation but not worth the price

Joined: Jul 19, 2010
Posts: 20
3

I went to DaDong recently for a welcome dinner and I was thoroughly impressed with the restaurant even coming from New York City. The decor is elegant--white table cloths and marble floors evoke a classic upscale restaurant feel and it manages to retain a Chinese air as well--and I found the presentation of the food to be equally pleasing. I would particularly recommend the smoked salmon appetizer, which came in the shape of a flower and was surrounded by some fried dough kind of like a Japanese dish.

I don't consider myself a duck connoisseur, but I wasn't particularly impressed by the duck. It was flavorful and the skin was crispy, but it didn't seem that different from the other top duck restaurants in Beijing (like quanjude). Also, the presentation of the duck, while cool, didn't actually seem to taste that good (particularly the demonstration when skin is put into straight sugar, which was pretty gross I thought). Overall, it's a beautiful dinner but not worth the pretty hefty price tag.

Nice roast duck

Joined: Apr 26, 2007
Posts: 7
4

I went there twice, both restaurants can be easily found. I think it is more suitable for business lunch or dinner, and their food is more western catered.

Well, the ducks are quite good with variety of eating methods. The delegation of French president visit to China has choosen their to taste the Peking duck.

Good

Joined: Nov 30, 2005
Posts: 11
4

Not the best roast duck restaurant in Beijing but definitely one of the best known ones. It's always packed with foreign visitors everytime I go there. Free drinks, including beer, are served when you wait for a seat. Very courteous. The menu is a mixture of Chinese and western cuisine. Well banlanced menu.