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

Skip the duck - this guy can cook

Joined: May 08, 2009
Posts: 4
5

Da Dong might be synonymous with roast duck, but his "superlean" glazed foul takes up but one page of the tome-like menu. He's been singled out as one of China's most creative chefs (and recently awarded second best restaurant in China by the Miele Guide), so next time you visit, push the boat out a little. Order a couple of his house creations - the menu's full of Chinese and fusion style seafood, beef and exotic molecular style desserts. Better bring your credit card, too. Creativity doesn't come cheap.

great food - bad service - even worse setting

Joined: Feb 03, 2009
Posts: 6
2

I love to go to dadong at tuanjiehu, because i consider it's kaoya (and pancakes!) to be the best in town, and the other dishes are also very delicious. This is why i even don't mind the obligatory queuing. The only downside is the ambience, which reminds me more of a "wienerwald restaurant".

So last week i went to check out the nanxincang spot at dongsi shitiao, which earned so many good ratings. But it was a great disappointment!!

Really bad service (we got seated at a dirty table, the waiter didn't know how to lay the table, the waiter did not concentrate on her work, no friendly athmosphere at all).

The whole restaurant had a bad smell (whether it came from the toilets or somewhere else i could not pinpoint).

Why people think it's "Outstanding for Impressing Visitors" i really cannot comprehend. Lots of (black) marble, some wannabe chinoise handicraft, oversized tables, and a cheap finishing - that's exactly how half of beijing's restaurants look like.

Disappointing

Joined: Jan 04, 2009
Posts: 6
2

I had heard great things so I was really looking forward to taking our visitor to Da Dong Roast Duck in Dongsi shitiao last night.

As you are not able to book a table, we waited to be seated in the downstairs bar area.
There is a glass wall separating the bar from the duck ovens which is really fantastic. We sat looking directly at all the Chefs as they went about stoking the fires and roasting ducks. Really impressive! At least there was that...

Naturally, we were quite hoping to have a cocktail while we waited to be seated - that proved a challenge. As there was no staff actually working in the waiting area (there were approx. 20 ppl waiting in total) we ordered over the bar, which happens to be the same bar preparing drinks for all the downstairs tables. We waited 15-20 minutes or so without drinks (we followed-up twice during that time) and we were still empty handed by the time our table was ready. We informed the bar to send the drinks upstairs whenever they were ready.

We were then led upstairs and followed the waitress around in a haphazard manner across the restaurant. She clearly did not have a particular table in mind. We were sat at an unset table for 10 (there were 3 of us). It felt a bit odd, so we immediately asked to be moved which they were happy to do. We waited while they cleared and set a smaller table nearby.

Seeing as our drinks still hadn’t arrived we asked for some water. Despite asking again three times over 10-15 minutes, no water was brought. This was made even more frustrating by watching the staff chatting and lingering around by the water station. Our cocktails arrived (25-35 minutes wait in total) before our water was eventually poured and carried the 5 steps to our table. I would definitely have got the water myself (I tried to do so) but the water glasses were not kept at the station and we had no glasses on the table.

By the time we ordered, we were pretty frustrated with the experience so far and although the food was pretty great and the service improved, we still felt that it had been so disappointing to have had such a negative experience in the first hour of our arrival.
Unfortunately, we can never take clients there and I won’t take future guests… it just isn’t reliable enough. It was approx 250RMBpp including drinks. Nice décor and tasty duck, but the atmosphere was disorganized and the value for money was questionable.

Nah, Da Dong ....Oh no. So no.

Joined: Mar 01, 2009
Posts: 21
2

Da Dong...cannot agree with our admin that this is the best in town, since it is DEFINITELY NOT. Wait till you tried Made in China and Liqun, you will never consider DaDong in the same par of the top class Roast Duck. Well, of cos if you compare perhaps the presentation, the decor, the service (they provide free red wines while you are in the long q), and etc....the duck itself....not the best I have tried, not bad, but not the best. By the way, it is NOT worth what they are charging now for sure, and for the side dish, cannot believe of the price too, 1 person 8 bucks (maybe more now), so, if go in a table of 10, even if you ordered just a single duck, it costs additional of 80 bucks for the side dishes on top of the 200 bucks duck.... not worth it... AT ALL.