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“Which one is better?!?”

Quanjude Roast Duck (Wangfujing)
Ranked #30 of 12,622 Restaurants in Beijing
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Good for: Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Cologne, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Which one is better?!?”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

We tried both most famous Beijing ducks – one at Quanjude (open oven) and one at Bianyifang (closed oven). We were at Quanjude at Wangfujing on a weekend without a reservation, but there was no wait time. It is in a side street, just 30 meters off Wangfujing, you will easily see the neon lights and the two big yellow ducks.

So, which one was better?

The biggest difference is the skin, we thought it was more thoroughly cooked through at Bianyifang (yummy!), while it was a little crispier, but more fatty, at Quanjude. Here, we were served the first slices of skin with white sugar, very interesting, tastes like Churro.

Condiments were more or less the same, although the menu at Quanjude was easier to understand and we were able to order a whole array of more unusual condiments to go with the traditional duck. This meant we could also try new combinations, not only sauce, cucumber, scallions.

Lastly, the pancakes – light and ultra-thin at Bianyifang, a little thicker and soggy at Quanjude.

So, hard to decide, you will definitely get the “real” Beijing duck at both places, so why not try both?

  • Visited June 2014
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Lismore, Australia
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“Great duck but a crazy place to eat”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

The Peking Duck is wonderful but you can be pretty well assured of great duck throughout many cities (try Tianjin down the road, for example). The best reason for going to Quanjude is for the experience. A bit like going to the Great Wall, except you can't eat the Great Wall. The place is hectic and they feed you and move you on quickly (maybe that's not how it is for Chinese diners) but the show - the chefs, the waitresses etc, is worth it.

  • Visited May 2014
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Dublin, Ireland
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“You have to try it, but does not have to be there”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

We were in the restaurant just off the Wangfujing, so it gets very busy in the evenings (booking required). Duck was ok and service mediocre comparing to some other places we've eaten. Half duck was 118RMB. 10% service charge is included in bill.

Visited June 2014
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Glendale, Arizona
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“A truly authentic experience”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

A 200 year old family tradition! Our Chinese hosts brought their family and as their invited guests, we were privileged to be seated at the head of the round table. You ask about how to tell if your at the head of a round table? All napkins are placed under the dinner plate except one. It is fanned up signifying the guest of distinction. If you go, we found it best to have someone with "experience" or culture to order. Appetizers placed on lazy susan included seaweed, pickled cucumber, onions, and several others vegetables. One at a time, server brings one additional item. Ours included abalone, jellyfish, sweet & sour pork, chicken & chestnuts, spicy shrimp then the duck was carved at the table. This was all topped off with one of the most marvelous fish entrees we've eaten! All served with rice "pancakes." Wrap up your choice in the pancake and enjoy!

The story behind the fish....live fish, "marinated" while still in the tank. The killed, lightly battered and deep fried quickly. Then covered with marinade sauce. Fish is served whole on the plate (the presentation will amaze!). Guests pull pieces off until all that's left is the carcass! Perhaps more enjoyable than the duck for us.

Many families dined for a special occasion, but private booths for smaller groups.

  • Visited May 2014
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“Excellent, local choice and value for Beijing roast duck”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

I had an excellent Beijing roast duck meal at a very affordable price. The restaurant was filled mostly with Beijing locals. The duck and side dishes were excellently prepared and the service was very good. This is not a touristy spot, which I appreciated. There was not much English spoken and I do not speak Chinese, but communication was not that difficult either. There are more lavish roast duck restaurants in Beijing, but at 2 to 3 times the price. I recommend it as a great value for a true, Beijing roast duck experience.

  • Visited April 2014
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