Coming to Beijing this summer? Skip the touristy Wall (esp Badaling) and head right over to these establishments for the tastiest Beijing Duck in Beijing (any additional suggestions welcome).
1) Made in China - perhaps the most expensive duck but by far the best in my opinion. Not expertly carved (lots of wasted meat), but the nearby open kitchen ensures your duck is hot on your platter (seconds from oven to table). Make reservations or forget about coming. And order the BJ duck in advance as they do run out. As you can see from this blog, the place is sleek, but expect to pay NYC prices for it
2) Duck King (Ya Wang) - preferably the Scitech branch. Crowded, but favored by the expense account crowd. They do a good job with the duck soup at the end which is why I come here.
3) Da Dong - favored by locals in the know, this location at GontiBei Lu and 3rd ring road has lines forming at 630PM. Go early or wait 30 minutes. Also known for great side dishes. Photos are shown here: http://www1.foobai.com/post.php?actio...
4) Quanjude - Mr. Taster does a great review of this place already so I will just link to it and say this is not the best duck, but it is the most famous. Its where dignitaries are taken when they visit Beijing (and the photos are on the walls to prove it). Go to the historical Qianmen location south of Tiannamen. The other branches in Wangfujing and near Hilton Hotel serve mediocre duck in a drab modern setting. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
Whatever you do, avoid Liqun Duck Restaurant like the avian flu. Foobai Beijing restaurant reviews it in more detail than I care to waste my breath on:
Happy eating and let me know if you find other good sources of Beijing duck in Beijing.
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