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December 30, 2015

Four Seasons Roast Duck, Singapore…if you don’t like it, there’s something wrong with your mouth

Although it shares the name, the restaurant has no connection with the Four Seasons hotel chain, which could be confusing; while the food is excellent, the decor is functional.

Here they serve brilliant Cantonese duck (and other roasted meats) lovely enough to pose for a poultry portrait and what many believe to be the best roast duck in the world . Both the meat and the skin were excellent. The meat was slightly too salty but have a certain amount of fat on them, and the skin was fine and crisp, well above average.

Yes, you pay rather a lot, but if you can afford it, that expense is rewarded. For lovers of roast duck, this is a duck worth trying. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 20, 2013

Beijing QuanJuDe Wangfujing Restaurant, Beijing…..Peking roast duck restaurant gets a roasting. Duck off!

This is the first time I’ve dined at QuanJuDe, but there will not be a second!  Don’t get me wrong the duck was good, but honestly, I’ve had roast duck thats up to par, if not better.  Duck skin was crispy and greasy. For half a duck, I had very few pieces of skin.

We’ve all fallen for them; food places the guidebooks say you absolutely must try when visiting a certain city. So we join all the other tourists who’ve read the same guides and wait on long lines for what turns out to be overrated, mediocre, and often overpriced food. Apparently founded during the Qing Dynasty, QuanJuDe is a the longest-running Peking roast duck restaurant brand in China. I went to the outlet at Wangfujing and it is a big place, and yes they serve so many ducks it could resemble a food factory rather than a restaurant. This tourist trap charges more for the duck than any other Peking duck restaurant in Beijing, and then they charge you separately for each plate of sauce & onion, cucumber, basket of wraps for the duck, etc! This makes it the worst value of Peking ducks in Beijing

I strongly recommend you get your peking duck experience somewhere else since most places do as good or better of a job. The way I can sum this up is…keep walking…don’t look back…find another place. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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August 11, 2013

Restoran Sunrise, Petaling Jaya…decent eatery that used to be better

This is an old school, hole-in-the wall roast duck joint.  The menu is very limited and revolves mainly around roasted duck, steamed rice, vegetables and soup. Overall Restoran Sunrise is a good spot for your coronary clogging carnivore cravings.  To each his own….

Walking into this humid shop, you hear the distinct sound of the cleaver slicing through the ducks with accurate precision. The roast duck here is tender and juicy with nice crispy skin.  I didn’t really care for the light dipping sauce it came with, but in all honesty, the duck didn’t really need it…it tastes quite good on its own.

Restoran Sunrise is a decent eatery that used to be better. I might return , but I do not think I’m going to be running back. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 2, 2010

Da Dong, Beijing…the go-to choice for delicious Peking duck

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This restaurant is famous for roasting its ducks over a traditional wood fire. The ambience is decidedly modern, with an impressive open show kitchen, good for watching the duck being prepared.

These ducks are low-fat and crispy but not oily with a tasty, moist and juicy inside. The skin is popcorn-puffy and exceptionally super crispy and does not have so much fat. It was cooked in a such a way that there is no extra grease (they called it “Superlean” actually) but the skin of the duck is glistening like it is glazed with honey. Oh yes…I learned a new way of eating  Peking duck here. The top layer of skin should be dipped  in sugar. It tastes like candy when you do that – surprisingly abominably good.

Service staff really concentrate on a holistic duck experience, taking the time to show us several ways to consume the delicacy. The duck is carved tableside and each piece was perfectly sliced and layered.

I will always recommend Da Dong without any hesitation. The duck was absolutely fab. The only downside is that after our heavy meal, we waddled, duck-wise outside the restaurant to the road but try as we might, we just couldn’t hail a taxi for a good 25 minutes. This is the true truth because I say it as it is…

September 29, 2010

Quan Ju De Roast Duck Restaurant, Beijing…they slaughter you if you are an unaware foreigner

Quan Jude Roast Duck is the oldest (but it does not necessarily mean the best) Peking Duck restaurant and has many branches .  The location we ate at is 309 Huizhong Beili, Chaoyang. The ambience and decor is quite traditional Chinese.

The essence of the Peking duck is all in the crispy delightful skin. Here at Quan Ju De, the skin was not as crispy and nowhere as good as Da Dong nor Made in China. The meat is also not as juicy nor flavourful. Prices here are absurb (either that or we got slaughtered as we paid close to RMB500 for one duck). By any means this is an astronomically expensive duck. I later found out that locals get the meal at a cheaper price. BUT if foreigners anywhere from RMB200+  to RMB500!!! Depending on the colour of your skin or how aware you are (or otherwise), you will be taken for a ride in this place, price-wise)

The non duck dishes were not good too.

Normally Peking Duck in Beijing is one of the greatest foods on earth, but Quan Ju De’s version with the unceremonious pricing isn’t. This is still the true truth because I am still saying it as it is…

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