Restaurant Block 1, Zhongguancun East RoadHaidian, Beijing, China Published on: 05-08-2016
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Why Quanjude (Qinghuayuan Branch) is special ?
Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant was founded in 1864. It has a history of 149 years. As an old and famous roast duck restaurant, Quanjude Roast Duck is almost the synonym of Beijing Roast Duck.
Through continuous innovation and development, Quanjude has formed distinctive cuisines with roast duck as its leading dish, including a "whole duck banquet" and more than 400 specialties. Known as "the first dish to taste in China", Quanjude Roast Duck is highly praised by heads of state, government officials, communities, and domestic and foreign tourists. Former Premier Zhou Enlai used to choose the "whole duck banquet" of Quanjude as a state banquet.
- Good duck with pancakes
- Very interesting experience
- Wonderful dining experience
- Attentive and enjoyable
- Authentic Chinese Cuisine Experience
- Noise level Normal
- Budget Medium
- Alcohol YES
- Accept credit card YES
- Serve breakfast NO
Block 1, Zhongguancun East RoadHaidian, Beijing, China
Tips for you
Roast duck can be tasted in three ways with different condiments. The first way is to pick a little sweet sauce with chopsticks and spread it on the pancake.The second way is to add mashed garlic and soy sauce on the duck slices; radish slices are also a good choice. The third way is to dip the duck slices in sugar, and it is particularly suitable for ladies and children.What to know
We had a business dinner at the original Qianmen street location with 8 people in a private room and had attentive English speaking service for our US visitors explaining the appetizers on the rotating table. I live in Beijing and there is great duck in many other places as well but it was nice to appreciate the history of the restaurant which was established in 1864 and now has the 5th generation of the family running it. Ive posted the picture of Fidel Castro dining there which you dont see often in restaurants around the world, even the musician, Yanni got a picture on the wall among famous world leaders. Conclusion - try it if you're visiting for the ambiance and at least once if you live in Beijing to get it off your bucket list.
Before the city's name was changed to Beijing it was known as Peking. So that tells you a lot about the history of Peking duck This place is very large but still garners an immense crowd. You may have to wait a good thirty minutes day or night. The atmosphere is exciting in that everyone seems to be anxious to have their meals. I had the pleasure of eating with a Chinese family of three, husband, wife and young daugther who I met while waiting for a table. They invited me to their table seeing I was alone. This blew my mind. They were in charge of ordering which included appetizes and the full duck. My Manadarin was as good as their english which means basically we smiled and nodded without understanding one word between us. Except the univesal word "Yum".The duck is exquisite and nothing like you have ever had. Served table side wrapped with scallions in crepe style pancake. Tender and juicy. The closet thing stateside I can recommend is Shun Lee in NYC near Lincoln Center. But back to Quanjude. I did hear there were other places some preferred possibly for decor or ambiance, I can't imagine any place better for duck than Quanjude. It is by no means elegent and does not include western style washrooms but it is very clean. I believe it has affliliations with the Chinese government to some extent. So it is a trust worthy place to dine. Be very wary of regular duck houses. Stay far away. Only eat at places recommended by Inn keepers and travel guides. Overall this was a perfect treat and one of the best meals I have ever had. And how can you beat a restauraunt that was established in 1864 during the Qing Dynasty under the reign of the Tongzhi Emperor and continuing to use receipes and techniques handed down since those palace days. They even have a "duck served counter" with over 115 million served since 1864. Oh if only there was one in NYC.....