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“Ok, they got the wine...but where is the duck?!”

BeiJing Li Yuan Restaurant (JinBao Jie)
Ranked #499 of 12,867 Restaurants in Beijing
Price range: $15 - $20
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Reviewed September 24, 2013

They pride themselves to be among the best. They open their wine list with the Chateau Latours, the 1978 goes for around RMB 44,000 (that is about USD 7,200, perfect if you need to impress your date or business partner) and the food is actually quite good. The staff is attentive and the location and ambiente also quite ok. But then, we ordered the roasted duck, which was presented as the highlight. They bring the whole beautiful animal, show it off around the table, about the size of two strong chicken and we are all excited. Then they serve us exactly 10 (ten) of these small rolls (just like Beijing duck), we are ready to roll, but.. THE DUCK IS GONE!! We ask "Where is the duck?" And they reply "That was the duck, the rest is just bones!". Seriously??? "Somebody" stole the duck. We later heard of a policy that staff gets to eat the remains of the dishes. Ok.......but still a rip off, especially at those prices. Conclusion, go to impress your dining partner, enjoy a good meal, but not to get the value for what you pay and what is shown to you, but which will not find its way onto your plate. Hence the "poor rating", as we value honesty.

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

We went to this restaurant after a long day of visit. It is just next to the Park Hyatt and the hotel sent us there. The overall design of the restaurant is nice and the place was clean. We expected to be able to use english given that i)our hotel sent us there and ii) the menu was written in both chinese and english. The reality was very different and even when I asked wine or cocal cola, they did not get it... I ended up drinking tea until I had the brilliant idea of using google translate on my phone! One positive is that the staff was very nice and trying to help.
Quality of the food was fine, especially the dim sum. Overall, I though it was expensive given that we paid $100 for 2, with no wine and no "extra" food. It served the purpose (eating chinese food close to the hotel) but I would likely not return.

Thank JeromeF4
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

There's 2 branches of Lei Garden in Beijing (the other is in the Guomao area), and both serve stellar Cantonese food and the city's best dim sum. I went to the Guomao branch. Lei Garden in Hong Kong is Michelin-starred, and they served the freshest and most delicate dim sum I've ever had.

Reservations are recommended, and when you call beforehand, you can place an order for extra-popular items like egg tarts (dan ta), roast pork buns (cha sha bao), egg custard buns, and the pork platter. These items often run out, so it's best to secure in advance.

The steamed egg yolk custard bun (lau sar bao) was one of the most glorious Chinese sweets I've ever had: soft, warm, and creamy, with a cloud-like spongy outside. My dining partner's face lit up in a smile when he took his first bite. Everything we tried was excellent, including the shrimp dumplings, signature pork platter, beef ho fun, egg custard, etc.

Bill was 600+ rmb for 2, which is not cheap by Beijing standards, but a steal compared to what you'd get in the West and for the quality of food. The decor in the Guomao branch is elegant and serene in a very Asian way.

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Reviewed June 13, 2013

The food was very good but very limited. Every time we asked for something on the menu, it was not available...maybe after 5 or 6 "trials" we finally found something that was available.
And the people attending tables understood hardly a word of English. Very difficult to communicate. We probably had bad luck, as this restaurant is highly recommended

Thank roxo
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

Our first meal in Beijing shortly after landing. The experience was much better than our later visit to a Hong Kong branch. Although they did not have an English dim sum menu, our waiter very patiently went through the selection. Once the food arrived we were very pleased. What stood out were shrimp in rice noodle. The rice noodle was very thin and delicate and not at all doughy. The excellent jasmin tea and attentive service really hit the spot as well.

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