3 Restaurants in Beijing That Duck Tradition
Three restaurants in the Chinese capital are taking the age-old dish of Peking duck and giving it an ultra-modern makeover. By Gabrielle Jaffe.
Published on Feb 27, 2014
Da Dong Roast Duck
The eponymous chef behind Da Dong is a giant presence on China’s culinary scene. He was the first to add contemporary flair to the traditional Peking duck, pioneering the use of “super lean,” non-oily birds. The 200-plus-page menu features plenty of other innovative duck dishes, ranging from crispy skin topped with caviar to hearts sautéed with lily bulbs. In addition to the original restaurant in Tuanjiehu, Dong has added three other Beijing branches. The Jinbao branch, with its dark walls covered in light projections of Chinese motifs, is our top pick.
5F Jinbao Dasha, Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng Dist.; +86 10 8522 1111; dadongdadong.com; dinner for two RMB500.
Jing Yaa Tang
Located in The Opposite House boutique hotel, Jing Yaa Tang is the first restaurant in Mainland China from Alan Yau—the celebrity restaurateur behind the Hakkasan, Britain’s first Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant. Other places roast duck over pear or peach wood, but the poultry here is fired over date wood for more aromatic flavor. Crushed dates are also added to the accompanying tianmianjiang (sweet bean sauce) and, alongside the expected duck pancake combo, you’re also served duck stir-fried with bamboo, mushrooms and Chinese sausage.
11 Sanlitun Rd., Chaoyang Dist.; +86 10 6417 6688; theoppositehouse.com; dinner for two RMB775.
Duck de Chine
At Duck de Chine, an industrial-chic space filled with contemporary paintings, dishes are served with artistry to match the interior design. Diners can choose to innovate by adding sesame and/or peanut paste to the traditional tianmianjiang and, if they do so, the servers will swirl the sauces together tableside, with the virtuosity of expressionist masters. Other duck dishes here include liver terrine on toast and duck tacos—palm-size crisp flour shells filled with tiny cubes of stir-fried duck and water chestnut.
98 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng Dist.; +86 10 6521 2221; elite-concepts.com; dinner for two RMB700.