On the day before Sister and I leave Beijing for Shanghai, we sought recommendations from the hotel staff for the most popular restaurant serving Peking roasted duck around Wangfujing area. He recommended us two places, one was this 北京大董烤鸭店 but I could not remember the other one. But I remembered Sister saying that she had tried the other one. So, she was more interested to try this 北京大董烤鸭店.
北京大董烤鸭店 looked like a high end Chinese restaurant to me. It is a couple minutes of walk from Beijing apm, nested inside a building whereby you have to take the lift to reach the restaurant.
I did not take much pictures of the restaurant as photography is not allowed in the business premise. Well, it is a policy in China actually whereby you are not allowed to take pictures of their shops but only the food which you paid for. You could always try but you might be told off politely or rather rudely.
So, this was part of the dining area in 北京大董烤鸭店. They also have private VIP rooms and I think this area was only half of the entire dining area.
The menu booklet … The good thing about their menus is that they provided English translation for tourists. That way, it will make ordering easy and convenient for both patrons and waiter/waitress.
Food pictures ahead …
酱油炒饭 Fried Rice with Soy Sauce | RMB58
This portion serves for two just nicely and we still had a little bit extra to spare. The rice was well done and nicely seasoned.
凉瓜黄豆排骨汤 Spareribs Soup with Soybeans & Bitter Gourd | RMB58
This was what Sister ordered for herself in the first place. She did not know that 凉瓜 was Bitter Gourd. I think she missed out the translation. So when this was served, she thought that the waitress brought us the wrong order.
It turned out that she did order this. For someone who doesn’t eat bittergourd, I had to trade my Pumpkin & Chestnut Cream Soup for this. Thank goodness that I do eat bitter gourd. Surprisingly, this soup was extremely refreshing and was not bitter at all.
南瓜绿栗奶油汤 Pumpkin & Chestnut Cream Soup | RMB38
大董”稣不腻”烤鸭 DaDong “Super Lean” Roast Duck | RMB268
This was only half portion of their Roast Duck. We think that ordering one portion was too much for two as we only wanted to taste test. Before you were served with this platter, the server would “carve” the Roast Duck right in front of you. The duck meat was juicy, tender and melt in your mouth. This was probably the best which I had tried so far.
The condiments that go with DaDong “Super Lean” Roast Duck …
Verdict: All in all, I liked the ambiance of the restaurant. Customer service was considerably good for me as I had heard multiple of bad customer services’ stories in Beijing. Food quality was good but food took quite a while to be served due to the crowds as we were there on a Sunday.
If you were to go on a Sunday, please do make a reservation beforehand as the place is pretty crowded on weekends. I witnessed a couple of customers whereby they still have to wait for tables albeit they had made reservation earlier. So, you can imagine how famous and well known they are.