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#111 of 2,911 Chinese in Beijing
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Chinese, Asian
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Lunch, Dinner
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Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service

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Zhongguancun
1.0 miles from Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have always wanted to try this restaurant since it opened. It is located in the same area as Hexa and Fu Rong which also serves Chinese fare but Xihe serves Peking Duck and other Chinese dishes with a beautiful view. The menu at Xihe...is rather interesting because it is very traditional or the dishes are rather wildly created for example the hot and sour soup with a puff pastry top and the fish maw soup which you would expect done in a Chinese way but it was made into pumpkin soup. To begin, started with two soups. The sweetcorn with fish gas bladder was loaded with spongy pieces of the fish gas bladder and sweetcorn. The golden pumpkin fish maw soup tasted much better than anticipated because the soup was nice and savory and the piece of fish maw was actually quite big. Most importantly is was soft and not fishy. For the appetizers, we had the ducks feet in mustard sauce which is quite similar to the one served at Ar Hungs delicacy where they used chicken feet. The taste was similar with a slight bitterness but the duck feet had a better bite and crunch to it. The pork rolls were instaworthy but unfortunately they were a little oily to the extent you could smell the oil before you put it in your mouth. Next was the dan dan noodles which were very fiery despite the soup being rather thin and the noodles were very soft. For the vegetables, had the Julienne celtuce roots in salted egg and preserved egg broth. Normally spinach is used instead of celtuce but celtuce has a nice crunch but it would be good if they were sliced thinner as they were too chunky. I reckon Zucchini was used. it would also taste just as good as celtuce. Then it was the star of the show!! Peking Duck which can be eaten in three different ways! There is a sachet of popping candy to go with the crispy duck skin. In the condiments box, on one side you have the traditional sauces and on the other side you have modern sauces like blueberry jam, mustard and hawthorn jelly. At some restaurants they serve sugar with crispy duck skin so popping candy takes it to the next level as the sizzling feeling distracts you from the fattiness of the duck skin. The blueberry jam went surprisingly well with the duck so I really enjoyed it whether eating it the traditional or modern way. Finished with the almond pudding but I couldn't taste any cinnamon according to the menu. Overall, I quite enjoyed the meal so might come back with friends.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed January 20, 2020

This restaurant was recommended by someone I know from work in the US. Fortunately we had someone with us who's a local to translate things on the menu as well as order the duck. As soon as the Master Carver was done slicing the skin...and meat, a hostess explained how we were to eat the duck and what sauce went with the skin, breast and thigh meats. Words can't describe the experience! Who would've thought that a blueberry sauce would go with the skin, sweet mustard with breast meat, and regular sauce with thigh meat? I was so glad to have dined at this restaurant.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed November 23, 2019 via mobile

I am a fan of Beijing Duck, so I had tried many restaurants but I found this Restaurant served many sauces and duck was very crunchy and match with sauce. The sheet flour is a lot and good. I don’t know how to say more...but I really missing it now.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed March 4, 2019

Very good food and service at the Xihe. Really enjoyed the Peking Duck and the shrimp dishes were very good. Close to the Hilton Beijing (easy walk) and well worth the visit

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed November 21, 2018 via mobile

Went here after visiting the summer palace. We were 8 in our group and prebooked a private room. The duck was great and many in the group thought this was the best of the 6 duck places we are in during our Beijing and China...trip. Service was great and we had a person in the group with gluten allergy and they handle that fine. Prices was reasonable. Would visit again.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018

Some unique dishes, including flagship Beijing Duck. It's really impossible to appreciate the food, as the service is so rough. The sullen & unresponsive staff, some shouting to one another over the floor area sure to drive out the few individuals making an effort. Comical...at times, but sad really. Hesitant to return. NOTE: Cramped seating & small tables. Not suited to large group (6+ persons)More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed January 26, 2018

Every time we come to China we try different places for Peking Duck and last night we got to try Xihe Yayuan. Place is huge and very crowded. The pre duck apps were mostly pretty good especially a mushroom carpaccio. The star of the show...of course was their Peking Duck. Super flavorful and spectacularly crispy crust. Served with both green and white pancakes which were plentiful. Their choice of sauces was excellent although I wish they would have refilled the hoisin sauce a couple of more times. Other dishes were good but the duck was the star. Of all the places I've been to, this was my favorite Peking Duck experience and I can't wait to come back. Pricey, but worth it!!!More

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed November 16, 2017 via mobile

The duck they use is not as fatty as their branch in Singapore which uses Irish duck. But the preparation and presentation is similar. The duck liver sandwich cut into little hors d'oeuvres is also delicious. My only gripe is that they did not ask...the diners how they wanted the rest of the duck to be prepared, unlike in Singapore where they actually give a few options, such as deep fried in oatmeal.More

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed November 11, 2017

The food was freshly made, the atmosphere excellent and the service could not be better. Professional and also well priced.

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed January 14, 2017

A great place to try authentic Beijing Duck & Baijiu (a local distilled wine/liquor kind of like Japanese Sake). The place has large round tables with lazy susan tops that makes sharing food easy in big groups.

Date of visit: January 2017
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