Hello Foodies. I viewed this board before my trip to Beijing and it was very useful. So now I am returning the favour with a few thoughts of my own.
Peking Duck - our first night in Beijing we went to Da-Dong for roast duck. Very delicious!! Smart casual and the restaurant is very busy, however gets quiet around 10PM. The duck was everything we thought. Staff were pleasant. The stewed sea cucumber was a hit as well!! Yea..you heard me.
Peking Duck - just and FYI to all of you who follow the Peking Duck master and Made in China at the Hyatt.....i can't remember his name, but he has LEFT Made in China and is now at Facebar. We went to Facebar and loved his duck! It was 5x better than Da-Dong. However, you have to let them know you want duck in advance b/c it takes him approximately an hour to prepare it. DELICIOUS!!!! Besides the duck...the rest of the food at Facebar was uneventful. However, it has a great patio area and a good vibe. The Whiskey Lemonades were a hit!
Noodes - Zha Jiang Noodles. This place blew us away. Not fancy, very loud, very local, but these noodles were ridiculously good. Thank you for whoever posted this on Chow...I will definetly be recommending to our friends.
Food Tours - Hias Gourmet Beijing was referred thru friend of friends and they were great. Our guide Jenny Yip hosted a Hutong tour. We ate Hakkan food at Hancang. Great patio to sit on by the Lotus Park/Back Lakes, however very local. We had the stewed beef, spicy fish and a few other delights. I would return for sure! Next we walked thru Hutong and ended up stopping at a Taiwanese High Mountain Tea shop. I can't find the business card, but neat Nanlugo Xiang (great shopping there btw). The front of the teahouse has a bicycle on it so look out for that. We had the best banana and guava shakes and lemonade and honey drinks. The oyster omelette with tapioca was great! Found it No 5 Hei Zhi Ma Hu Tong.