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 work in nanxincang, this great restaurant is just downstairs of my office. There is the good reason that it voted as the BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR. The duck is hands down the best in town, except this, other dishs are worth trying too. It is pricy, but good food comes along. I personally like Dadong better then the QJD national chain. I give a four star rating because the price is a small hold back.
OK, of course this place is expensive. But there's a reason it's so well-known and everyone keeps going. It's really a treat to take visitors to Beijing here and watch them be astonished by the massive menu (although less fun: waiting for them to read the menu in its entirety and try to decide which dishes to order).
The duck here is quite good, although only slightly better than other (cheaper) places I've been, in my opinion. Other dishes are good, though many of them are quite small, so be sure to order several dishes if you have a large group.
The last time I went, we were given complimentary dessert (a type of sorbet) and then brought a cold fruit tray, which may have had the best cherries I've ever had. The presentation is obviously the most important element this restaurant is selling, and in that sense, they do not come up short.
Of course, it's always best to take guests here because then hopefully they will foot the bill for you in exchange for you being their tour guide around Beijing
Da Dong offers the best Peking Duck I have found in Beijing so far. The food is very good and the duck does not disappoint. You can order from arange of dishes, some exotic, some I believe are on the endangered species list and many that are good traditional items that you can find in most restaurants. The environment is clean, sometimes surgical so they may lack atmosphere but always they are well presented. The staff are attentive and offer good service levels. The duck is carved near your table so you can watch them as they prepare the food for you as your taste buds start to moisten.
Just got back from an enjoyable meal at this restaurant. Nice roast duck and good table service but I almost died when we got the bill. The local mineral water (750ml) cost 80 - yes 80 (eighty) yuan - that's US$11.70. Unbelievable. I never thought to ask about the price when we ordered it. We've had mineral water all over the world; London, Paris, Rome, French Riviera, you name it but never paid anything like that. It really took the edge off an otherwise enjoyable night. We felt ripped off; wished we'd checked but who could have imagined.
So, enjoy the duck by all means but don't order the mineral water. Even the Evian was 60 yuan for 1 litre. I can't work it out, as water is generally not expensive in Beijing. Be careful at this restaurant; it may mess up your night, too.
Not much to say that hasn't already been said. Not necessarily 'better' than Quanjude or Bianyifang, but more to my tastes than those two - the duck here is much leaner, crispier and less oily.
Magic service - we ordered one duck and got brought two for the price - apparently the chef had decided that our duck was too small (even though it seemed perfectly acceptable when it arrived) so accompanied it with a second 'small' duck. Much more than two of us could possibly eat. But we tried anyway!