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“Peking Duck for the Connoisseur” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of 1949 The Hidden City

1949 The Hidden City
Ranked #101 of 12,603 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Branch of restaurant by the same name in Sanlitun, Beijing
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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97 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Peking Duck for the Connoisseur”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

Peking duck is probably one of the most famous dishes to come out of Beijing, and what better place is there to enjoy this than 1949 The Hidden City. Tucked away in the back streets far from the madding crowd, this serene restaurant is one of the "warehouse" style buildings that make up the compound enclosed area, along with art galeries and other restaurants.

Preparation of the ducks are in open view to the seated guests (through glass), and after ordering in the plush surroundings, the arrival of the chef and your duck is announced by traditional gong as it is presentated and sliced at you table; to savour the taste makes your visit well worth the effort. The overall menu is varied and has a decent choice of dishes, but the duck is a must for all given the location. The restaurant better caters for larger groups with tables able to sit ten comfortably with more at a slight squeeze, and booking is a definate must if you want to visit.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Adelaide, Australia
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35 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great experience, great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

Our family of six had a great meal. It's not cheap but the most beautiful building and venue. The duck is incredible, served at the table, lots of pomp and ceremony, gong and fan fare! The food is not traditional Chinese but we really enjoyed it, I think it was more "fusion" food but gosh, it was good. A great experience!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Vejle, Denmark
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199 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Exellent Peking Duck”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

Restaurant 1949 is not easu to find, but it is certainly worth to visit, I got my best Peking Duck ever.
The restaurant is not cheap, more wester style pricing, but the service and the quality of the food was exellent

Visited May 2013
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Berlin, Germany
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72 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A must for Beijing duck fans”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2013

The dinner there was excellent - including options for the kids. The Beijing duck is clearly the highlight - don't miss it.

Visited May 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Pampered duck”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

We could not leave Beijing without sampling the local dish so famous the world over. What an experience, with the combination of ambience, formal service and succulent duck fusing to create a memorable Peking evening.The chefs caressed each duck as it exited the oven, then it was carved and presented at the table with the flourish of a gong.
The only (tiny) flaw was the rapid service, with new dishes appearing in quick succession.
The structure of the building was enhanced by bronze warriors, great lighting and an uncrowded table arrangement.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Christine H
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