Well, maybe some of you have discussed about this place already since many of my Chinese friends swear that it is one of the best northen Chinese places in the Bay area.
So when two friends fresh from Beijing dropped by, I decided to take them for a try at lunch time on Saturday. It is located on Kittridge Str between Shattuck and Oxford right next to the California Cinema in a really non-descriptive little place. Normally, the lines are pretty long at dinner time.
Well, I asked the waitress for recommendations and she suggested "two pieces of skins" :) as the appetizer followed by Peiking Duck, Steamed Clams, and bean leaves. The "skins" turned out to be bean-flour noodles surrounded by an assortments of shredded appetizers in a 11 inch plate! The mixed portion was big enough to make us half-full! The roasted duck was OK. The pancakes were authentic but the plum sause was a little too sweet. The duck was expertly sliced but the skin was a little too redish. Of course, you really can't expect Quanjude taste here, plus I miss the fat on the skin. Now, the high point of the meal was the Clams(not on the manu, $5 a piece). They were about 5 inches across with the meat nicely sliced and cooked with ginger and scalion. The flavor was light and full at the same time!
Well, we were quite full by the Peiking duck and two clams each person basicly sent us to our limits. We ended up packing the bean leaves and the rest of the the duck away. The whole meal came up to ~90 tax/tip included. It's a small place and tends to be crowded at peak time. I don't know if they take reservations.
2115 Kittredge St, Berkeley 510.843.7996