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I am not really qualified to offer a critique of Peking Duck but we loved this experience and cleaned up everything we ordered. The duck, carved in front of us, and then served with all the trimmings, was delicious. A waitress showed us how to...combine the meat, vegetables and plum sauce together in the pancakes. We washed everything down with three jugs of beautiful plum juice and also had a green salad with a mouth-watering sesame style dressing. Our kids loved the experience too. It is also worth knowing you can stroll down an adjacent food street which leads to Qianmen Street, one of the main shopping streets in Beijing.More
We visited As part of a group. The guide highly recommended the restaurant but quite a lot of the food was not nearly hot enough. We didn't get much Peking duck either, though it was interesting to watch the chefs' carving display. We wouldn't choose...to go to this restaurant again.More
This was the old school of Beijing for the famous Duck. Eating here is an experience in itself. The duck was delicious, serving was a bit on the lower side. Toilets are clean but not the modern seated toilet. Entrance was a bit shady. We...first thought that the address was wrong. After asking we have been directed to a long corridor leading to the restaurant areaMore
The service was very good...friendly, prompt, efficient. The restaurant seemed nice and clean though we were in a private room so it was a limited view. The dishes we had were all pretty good. The duck was very good, though not as fancy in flavor...or presentation as da dong. Easy access within walking distance from forbidden city.More
Bianyifeng has Beijing duck with thick layer of fat under the skin that compromises the crispiness. An authentic one should be slowly roasted so the oil drips away leaving a nice thin crisp skin for wrapping with pancakes. The soup of duck bones, which should...be made with what is left of our duck after the carving, showed up as a bowl of whitish MSG broth with nothing (no meat, no bones, no vegetables added as should be). It had to had been scoped from a common pot for there wasn’t even time to get our duck into the kitchen and the soup was served.
I couldn’t leave Beijing so dissatisfied so we want another attempt the next night. Our hired driver drove us to one (around Dongshiman about 5-10 minutes walk from the subway station to the airport express line) where the locals go. This restaurant made an authentic (no visible layer of fat under the skin), provided plenty pancakes, and charged 25% less for the duck. They also had a mixed salad which balanced the acidity of the duck perfectly. We ended up spending more than we did at Bianyifeng because we enjoyed the desserts also. The most wonderful ones were the lotus root and sweet rice and the rose favored flaky “soo” served warm.
I rated service average also because there was no AC when we entered and a fly kept circulating around our food. The waitress are OK.More
restaurant was picked by our hosts. Really enjoyed learning the proper way to eat duck. wait staff wasn't the most attentive, but thankfully we had friends at the table to do the heavy lifting this night.
The food was prepared wonderfully, the beer was cold,...we walked away full.More
Besides Quanjude(全聚德), Bianyifang (便宜坊) is another traditionally well known Peking Duck restaurant. It’s located at the end of Xianyukou(鲜魚口)off the Qianmen(前门) street mall.
Their duck is a lot cheaper ¥188 for a duck.
They distinguish their duck as 闷炉烤鸭. As I understood is they baked...the duck in the oven instead of roast n barbecue in the fire. According to them, the baked duck is more tender, less fat and crispier on the skin.
We ordered a duck, duck soup and some other dishes. It’s quite disappointing because the duck was not crispier and less fat as the waiter described. The other dishes were just average.
If you never have Peking Duck before, Bianyifang may be an inexpensive solution. And if you travel alone and can’t consume a whole duck, on Xianyukou(鲜鱼口) , there is a small shop offers a single serving of Peking duck for ¥15! It looks like a burrito.
Across the street from Bianyifang is the newly restored hutong Sanlihe. There is a river running thru the hutong, worth to take a stroll.More