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果果私房烤鸭. Guo Guo Si Fang Kao Ya.
You come here –first- for the duck, it is perfect. Everyone I introduced to Si Fang Kao Ya was impressed by their Beijing duck, Chinese and Foreigners alike. It is absolutely delicious, and fairly priced. I personally prefer their duck to that of all other top-rated restaurants in Beijing. The ducks here are small, but also about half-the-price of most high-end restaurants, and much more delicious. We normally order one duck per 2 persons. The rest of the menu is not as extensive as the menus you traditionally find in typical Chinese restaurants, but it is extremely adequate and you will find enough variety to complement the duck for a perfect meal. Dish portions are also quite small, but since they are fairly priced, I see this as a positive: smaller portions allow ordering more dishes for variety.
Then, you come for the ambiance. This restaurant has a coffee-house-like setting with rectangular tables and comfortable chairs that are well-cushioned, not the round tables and straight chairs that you find in larger establishments. It’s a perfect place to come with a small group of friends or for a private encounter. This is a very small restaurant. The ambient noise is subdued, yet you can have a private conversation. No need for shouting to be heard, unlike so many other places in Beijing. The staff is very friendly and effective; but I don’t believe much English is spoken.
Then, if you are like me, you will appreciate their selection of fairly priced wine, including some by the glass. Their wines are stored in a temperature-controlled cellar, and served in proper wine glasses. The carte is only one page, nothing extravagant, but again, extremely adequate. It adds to the pleasure of eating here.
If you intend to go, you really should make a reservation, unless you enjoy tempting luck and don’t mind waiting. It seems to fill up every day. If you don’t speak Chinese, ask someone who does to do the reservation for you.
Guo Guo Si Fang Kao Ya has become my favorite restaurant in Beijing. It is always a pleasant experience. Great job!
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