There is a fancy restaurant and a casual Peking Duck restaurant. Personally, eventhough everyone says don"t miss the Peking Duck, I was not a big fan. Maybe it is just because duck is really fatty and gives me indigestion. It was the most expensive meal I ate in China (even at the casual place) for about $10, and it was my least favorite. But it was crowded with locals who really seemed to enjoy it - so maybe you will (especially if you like duck).
QuanJude is the number 1 Peking Duck restaurantchain in Beijing. Pretty famous.
They serve MORE than just a Peking Duck..when you look at the menu they truly serve everything from the duck. From it's feet to it's tongues and everything in between.A true speciality restaurant.
Also remember there's a lot of branches of Quan Jude restaurant and I must say there's some quality difference. The WangFuJing restaurant looks great and really posh, but it was not the best.
The second time I ate at the original/oldest Quanjude restaurant. And the food this time was much better. Also the crowd here is a bit different...more locals and less tourists and people on business lunches.
Better atmosphere and better food.
Another remark I must make..teh peking duk in Beijing is different than elsewhere. COmpared to most other places the duck here is much fattier.
Most people that complain about the duck..complains about it being to fatty.And after they visit HK they ALWAYS prefer the leaner ducks they serve In HK.
Even though it's understandable that the leaner versions served elsewhere in the world is the more wellknown and prefered dish. I say you can't miss out on Quan Jude...let's face it the version of PEKING duck served at BEIJING must be the original version in all it's fattiness glory.
Favorite Dish I love the peking duck.
Even though trying the side dishes of the more specific meats could be interesting.
Nice clean and bright restaurant settings. This is a chain of restaurants, so it can be found all over Beijing. The Peking Duck is fleshy and succulent.
This restaurant also has a history of over 100 years.
The best I've had so far.
Favorite Dish Peking Duck.
Fleshy, succulent. The wrap for the duck is excellent too.
No visit to Beijing is complete without tasting the famous Peking duck. The Qianmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant, established in 1864, is the most famous of the many restaurants serving Peking duck. There are many Quanjude Restaurants in Beijing but you should go to the branch at Qianmen which is just a short walk from Tiananmen Square. The restaurant has kept the traditional method of roasting duck: the duck is hung on a pole over a wood fire until the skin turns golden brown and crisp. The duck skin is sliced and wrapped with green onion and sweet sauce in a flatbread which somewhat resembles a pita bread.
This restaurant counts many dignitaries as its guests amongst whom was former Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew.
Favorite Dish Peking duck of course! The crispiness of the duck is the hallmark of a good Peking duck.
Don't get me wrong. I LOVE Peking Roast Duck. But after getting very hyped up about Quan Jude's "famous" duck, it was a pretty big disappointment. It wasn't that the duck was horrible, but it didn't live up to its reputation. Plus, it was way too greasy. There are roast duck restaurants in Gaithersburg, MD that make better roast duck than they do. Also, the lines for this restaurants are immensely long; we waited an hour to get seated. It's also run over by tour groups. So sometimes, the best Peking duck isn't in Beijing.
Favorite Dish The Peking Roast Duck wasn't too good, but it was still OK (I guess.) It's very simple: roast duck, green onion (or chives) and I think some type of oyster-related sauce wrapped in a wrap. Normally it's one of the greatest foods on earth, but Quan Jude's version isn't.
This is the place for Beijing Duck. The service is not so good, or rather, typically old school Chinese. Lots of people waiting to be seated everyday, but the duck is great. The side dishes are so so. Price is decent. But it is a must go and it is one of the oldest duck restaurant in Beijing.
Favorite Dish Pay a little extra to choose your own duck if you like.
Well, I thought will add another page on this place as its description would have been partial.
This un has three branches from what i hear of which atleast two are close to Tianenmen Square. I visited the one at Qianmen which is closest to Tiananmen.
Just to explain what is this great duck all about..
Quan Ju De, ducks are immersed in spices etc etc which are unique to the restaurant and are then roasted directly over flames stoked by fruit-tree wood. The roasted duck is date-red, shining with oil, but with a crisp skin and tender meat.
From what I understood in my broken Mandarin, the Qianmen unit has two divisions. One is the fast food section
(where I ate) and the other un is more formal.. which table clothes and small round tables. So probably I didn't actually get to eat where Castro and the rest of the gang munched on a poor duck!
The place is very close to Tiananmen Square which means not difficult to locate. Though it is very crowded most of the time.. The decor is traditional and would seem out of a 60-70s Kung Fu movie with wooden benches and large tables which can be shared between patrons. There is no backrest so sit straight. There are few foreigners in here and infact the waiteress was at pains explaining to me that it is a Chinese restaurant -- probably never having seen an Indian before. The menu is only in Chinese so you need to know that Peking duck is called Peking Kao Ya in Chinese and thats what you need to say to the waiteress. She might show you other items on the menu but I ignored them to be safe. I kept wondering where exactly did Castro, George Bush, Yanni and Helmut Kohl(amongst others) would have sat when they visited the place..
Favorite Dish Peking duck served here is delectable to say the least.
What they serve you is shredded(actually small pieces of roasted duck-- which mind you is breeded specially for the restuarant). This will be served with 5-6 pieces of flattened rice cake..in India it would be called roti made of rice.
They also served something in a glass with a white colour which again I ignored..
Along with the stuff you will be served a small packet of paste.. looks like some kinda sauce..
Hesistantly I tried it.. and it was cool with the duck.
Last but not the least you have a set of chopsticks..
Its not too difficult to learn though I took some time..
You need to pick pieces of roasted duck dip it in the saucelike substance and place it in the middle of the rice cake and then fold it up and munch on.. Absolute bliss..
Quanjude has several locations to serve the famous Peking Roast Duck. The location in the photo was, according to a sign at the restaurant, selected by Chou En Lai. It is a multi story clean and bustling restaurant. The meal is served with flare. Like Lawry's Roast Beef (try it if you are in L.A. sometime), the chef brings the Duck to your table on a carving cart and slices it for you. Truthfully the Duck was as good as many I have had. The meal at Yuanweizhai in Shenyang was better and had a wider menu with cozy ambiance.
Favorite Dish Peking Duck of course. I had to try it on my first trip to Beijing
I've dined at this restaurant twice....and really, their roast duck is GOOD! However, I hear that prices have gone up quite a bit!
Although this restaurant is said to be the best, I've also tried other smaller restaurants' versions, and they were quite good too (and a lot cheaper)!
Favorite Dish Peking Duck!!!
The Qianmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant, established in 1864, is nationally famous for its roast duck, reputed to be China's No.1 delicacy.
Ever since its establishment, the restaurant has kept the traditional method of roasting duck: the duck is hung on a pole over a wood fire until the skin turns golden brown and crisp. Customers can enjoy the special taste of Quanjude duck by covering the slices with sweet paste and green-onion shreds on a soft flatbread.
The Qianmen Quanjude Restaurant also offers duck-shaped pastries and a variety of tempting dishes featuring different parts of the duck, including abalone and duck breast with chili sauce, eel with duck breast in casserole, and stewed mullet egg with duck tongue.
A spacious relaxed setting and superb service will add to your pleasant dining experience at the restaurant.
I'm mouthwatering when writing the above:)
Founded in 1864, famous, authentic and delicious. Best eating time is spring, fall and winter especially the fall.
Favorite Dish Peiking Roast Duck: I loooooove it. roll duck flake, sweet sauce and piece of shallot in a cake like a lotus leaf.
Duck's Sole with Mustard: First, tear; second, love it.