2009

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Review, Beijing, China

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DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant

No.22 Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District

Beijing 100004, China, CA

86 010-51690328

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Website

More Foodie delights from our  recent trip to China.

Chinese Name: 大董烤鸭店

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Exterior

DaDong Roast Duck is a popular Roast Duck (Peking Duck) restaurant in Beijing, China. Many say it is the number one place for Peking duck. They have 3 locations in Beijing. We dined at the one in the Dongcheng District. This restaurant is located inside the Nan Xin Cang walled off shopping area, which is full of shops and restaurants. They are famous for their version of Peking duck. English and pictures are all over their menus.

Other Foodnut.com Beijing Restaurant Reviews:
Da Dong Roast Duck, Beijing
Dong Hua Men Night Market, Beijing
Jardin de Jade, Beijing, China
Lei Garden, Beijing
Made in China, Beijing
Quan Jude Roast Duck, Beijing
Other Beijing Restaurants

Be sure to make reservations or else you might wait for hours. There are free drinks while you wait at least. They have a small menu with their modern dishes and a large 83 page regular menu. Everyone orders Duck, so they have moved on to heavily push Braised Sea Cucumber, Sharks Fin Soup, and Lobster. The modern dishes seem to hint the chef visited Fat Duck and was trying to incorporate their techniques. Having dined at Fat Duck a month earlier, we can definitely say those dishes missed the mark.

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Interior

Decor, Vibe – Very nice, fancy, upscale modern interior with lots movable Asian room screens. Two floors. The place was packed with big parties, businessmen, locals, and tourists. Lots of Caucasians. They are pretty busy, so be sure to make reservations.

Menu Pictures (Click to zoom into any picture)

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Menu 1

Da Dong Menu

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Menu 2

Full Menu

Picks:

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Peking Duck Kitchen

Peking Duck Kitchen

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Duck Oven

Duck Oven

Selecting a duck

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Peking Duck Carving

Tableside Carving

Carving Video

Roast Duck (Peking Duck) (218¥, $1=6.8¥) with the guest special selection option (20 upcharge) which allows you to venture into the kitchen, select your duck, and take pictures. This is why everyone comes here. Da Dong tries to make it less greasy, more heathy. They call it “SuperLean” because of special processing and cooking methods. It is carved tableside.

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Buns

Buns

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Rice Flour Tortillias

Thin Pancakes

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Peking Duck

Carved skin

The skin is thick, very crunchy, and has this smoky flavor. It still has lots of fat under the surface! Very good and strong flavors to the duck meat.

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Peking Duck Leftovers

Duck Leftovers

We had them give us the leftovers and found that they tasted even better than the carved parts. You could get a lot more meat and skin combination right near the bones. They can also take these remains to make duck soup. Be sure to ask for the leftovers!

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Peking Duck Condiments

They charge you 8¥ for the duck’s condiments. (Sweet Sauce, Shallots, Sugar, Garlic paste, Preserved Vegetables, Pickles, Radish, Cucumber, pancake) Kinda a scam if you ask me. They should include some with the duck itself.

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Chefs dongs Braised Eggplant

Chef’s Dong’s Braised Eggplant (58¥) a House Specialty based on an old recipe from Chef Dong senior. It was not greasy and was pretty delicious.

OK:

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Green Lemon Sherbert

Green Lemon Sherbet (0¥) was a complimentary palette cleaner that they normally charge for. A house specialty that is simple and should be free.

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Steamed Chicken With Ginger Passion Fruit Salad

Steamed chicken with Ginger Passion Fruit Salad (18¥) was a house specialty so we had to try it. This combination sort of works, it was the closest their experimentation came to a good dish. A nice balance of fruit and meat on the cold side.

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Steamed White Fungus and Mushroom Soup

Four Delicacies Duck Soup (48¥) is their House Innovation with pancreas, web, tongue, and breast of duck. Tasty, sour, hot, and refreshing as they put it. It would be even better if it was not hot. It did not taste like ‘duck’

Steamed white Fungus and Mushroom soup (36¥) were braised with broth and had a light delicate taste. It was so neutral in flavor that was not for everyone. Order this only if you appreciate subtlety.

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Sauteed Asparagus

Sauteed Asparagus (12¥) were decent. Quality of the vegetables was good as was cooking.

Pans:

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Green Peas

Fired Gordon Euryale Seed and Green pea with olive oil (12¥) looked reall artisy in the menu so we had to try it. The peas were ok but the drink was a gross minty foam.

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Goose Liver Aspic

Goose Liver Aspic (68¥) a House Specialty, was their attempt at a French foie gras innovation. A pate encased in some jello. We order it because it was cheap and we were big fans of the artery clogger. This was of average quality. Nothing special.

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Vitamin c Frozen Orange

vitaminC (18¥) was a house specialty that was a mystery when we ordered it. It consists of an orange with its guts removed and then cooked with liquid nitrogen. The orange insides were so cold they stuck to our tongue. Ouch!

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Beijing China Mojito

Mojito (30¥) lychee was like a watery slush with zero alcohol present.

DaDong Roast Duck had fair service. We had to hail waiters to order, get items, get the bill, etc. The service does not match the high end decor. As expected, their Peking Duck was the best we had in Beijing. Quan Jude and Made in China were other places we tried on this trip. Most of all the other dishes were not up to the duck’s high quality. We ordered the duck then tried all sorts of fancy dishes they were featuring. Get the duck, order some veggies, then order other cheap dishes to reach your desired level of fullness. This place is a must visit when in Beijing just order carefully to avoid an astronomical bill. No Peking Duck we have eaten in the USA comes close.

DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Excellent)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Casual
Hours:Daily 10am - 10pm
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Prices:8 - 468 ¥
Posted on September 11th, 2009
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    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.

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  12. Randall Boss Says:

    Very expensive for amount of food you get. On a scale of one to ten I would give my experience maybe a two.

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