From Tripadvisor reviews, I intended to go to 1221 restaurant for Beijing (Peking) duck. It's a fair hike from the Bund where we were staying though, and our guide recommended the Old Beijing instead. "Only about three places in Shanghai know how to cook Peking duck properly - this is one. Very good!"
It's located close to the Bund on the third floor of a commercial building around the back of the distinctive Westin Hotel. A large illuminated sign faces the Bund saying "Roast Duck", so it's easy enough to find. Rush hour is 8:00 and you may have to wait for a table then.
The dining area is a large, square space decorated with hanging umbrellas; a traditional musician plays at one side. At the rear is a glassed-in kitchen. There is a verandah where we ate and found pleasant.
The restaurant offers a typically huge range of dishes, but what everyone comes here for is the Beijing duck. There are three prices for the duck, which I assume relate to size. Being gluttons, we ordered the largest, or at least dearest. The bird is carved at the table and the skin and best flesh served with pancakes and sauces; the remainder is taken and returns ase soup and a stir-fry with vegetables and noodles. Oh, and the head split in two so you can fossick for brains. The quantity stopped us stone dead; in fact, there was enough for three full meals.
How was it? Fabulous. Unforgettable. The best.
The beer is cold with a good choice and there is a wine list that is okay by local standards but nothing to get excited about. Service is provided by giggly girls who have yet to learn the off-hand grouchiness of the professional Chinese waiter, which was a nice change.
We had a memorable night with outstanding food. If I we ever pass that way again we will be back at the Old Beijing on Day One.
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