Peking Duck, Private Kitchen

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2015 Vantone Center, 6A Chaowai Dajie

朝外大街甲6号万通中心底商2015号

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5907-1920

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11am-2:30pm, 5pm-9:30pm

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¥100-199 for two
Latest update: 03/20/2014 | Original poster: chinaman

Peking Duck, Private Kitchen Description

Not to be mistaken for just another joint slinging quackers in a duck-loving town, this place is a serious contender for the title of Beijing's best duck. The modern dining room is bathed in the aroma of burning jujube wood, the menu offers some decent, innovative fare to round out the meal, and service is friendly and efficient.

Opened just across the street from Tower 1, in the NE corner of Central Park, "Peking Duck Private Kitchen" is a fantastic new addition to the dining scene, and a refreshing and DELICIOUS treat from the other more touristic Beijing Duck joints in town. "Private Kitchen" offered us one of the most delicious duck experiences we've had in China, and at one of the most reasonable prices.

On entering, you are immediately struck by the fresh scent of smoked wood from the oven where the ducks were roasting. The atmosphere of the one room restaurant is extremely cozy, with soft colored sofas scattered throughout most of the room, and bird-cage lamps and Chinese kites dangling from the ceiling. As for the food, besides duck, we tried the Kung Pao Chicken which came in a beautiful cornucopia, unfolding onto the plate. The Fried Veal in Pine Nuts was gently crispy on the outside, coated with a mixture of what seemed to be pine and sunflower and sesame, but perfectly tender on the inside, complemented with a spicy dipping sauce. We also tried the Marinated Cucumbers, Black and White Fungus, and a number of other delicious selections on the menu which we tried and really enjoyed.

Most importtantly, heading to the duck, we started with delicious brined duck livers, followed by the smoked duck itself. One perfectly smoked duck carved by who seems to (perhaps) be the chef/owner arrived sometime later in the meal. 99 yuan for a duck, plus 5 yuan per plate of seasonings (sauce, onion, melon, cucumber). And another small sum for what had to be a steamer of the most perfect pancakes I've had in Beijing with my duck. They stayed moist throughout the meal, despite being left open on the plate. The duck itself was perfect, delicious, and mouth-watering. Well worth the wait. And what I appreciated most was the fact the servers were there with a container of duck sauce, ready to refill our trays whenever we asked! The duck was crispy, and brilliantly smoked, and really just such a nice treat away from some of the more over-priced and over-touristic duck places in town. Bowls of duck broth were also included with the price of the duck. It was a great meal, excellent duck and other dishes, and someplace we have already been back to on several occasions.

For drinks, while I understand they are still waiting for the permits to serve other alcohol, they did have 3 types of beer on the menu, and maybe some wine options as well. All in all, we give this several thumbs up, recommend it to everyone for at least one meal to try, and you'll be hooked! (we've taken several friends there already, all of whom have returned several times). We hope CW takes an opportunity to visit, and highlight "Private Kitchen" with a photo and review in one of their next print editions. It certainly deserves consideration for the award of Best Beijing Duck when the annual voting begins!

The floor was being run by an incredibly helpful and eager young woman named Tina, who spoke English quite well, as did a number of others on the floor. It made for a very comfortable dining experience. Location: At the NE corner of Central Park Apartments, just to the left if facing the 7 Eleven that’s in Vantone Center across the street from CP. Bon Appétit!

Published by chinaman on 11/09/2009

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  • ilovemyfood
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Lovely setting, delicious Beijing duck and very decent prices sums up this restaurant. Be sure to book in advance and order your duck or you will be disappointed. The kitchen closes at 9pm but you can linger for a while longer.
The service is ok, staff don't smile much.
The only downside of this place is you will smell of smoke afterwards from the smoking ovens in the kitchen.

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I took my in-laws here, and they hands down said it was the best meal they have had in Beijing (we have been to Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu for dumplings, Va Va Voom, Wu Li Xiang, and Drum and Gong Fusion). We ordered half the roast duck, the Goose liver tofu, the fried rice with beef and cabbage, the scaled Chinese vegetables, and the dessert of candied yam. The duck was beautiful and the goose tofu was simply put, out of this world. An imaginative yet authentic dish that brought foods in sync you never thought could go together. The fried rice was lovely though a tad soggy, and the vegetables were perfectly prepared but should have come with a variety of vegetables and greater quantity. The dessert which had no English translation on the menu was a brilliant surprise of roasted yam coated in candied sugar. It was indescribably fantastic, enticingly sweet, sticky and gooey. The atmosphere is subdued and relaxing, and with most dishes at only 28kwai, it is upper crust Chinese cuisine at local prices. Peking Duck Private Kitchen is the best duck in town and one of the best for creative and contemporary yet authentically Chinese.

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Really really good duck and great surroundings! I'm not crazy about the rest of their menu though. I'm sure it's supposed to be a little different and all, but to me it was just strange. Things like sweet and sour pork, but only half of the pieces were pork and the others were something like pears. Great duck though and really good if you are tired of the same old Chinese food and want it with a bit of a twist. Unfortunately, I"m not much for twists!

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Just came back from dinner at PDPK and have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. The price of 98 RMB gets you a full duck along with the crispy duck skins on a side with sugar, all the necessary condiments, as well as the wraps. For the very clean and nice modern atmosphere of the restaurant, I think this is an excellent value and I will definitely be returning. It is located right across Central Park in Chaowai SOHO so for those in the CBD area, it is a very convenient location. As for the duck itself, I found the skin to be just the perfect blend of crispiness and to be very tasty although I felt that the actual meat itself seemed to be less than I expected. Nonetheless, it was able to moderately fill up me and a friend and if you order any other side dishes you can certainly leave feeling a lot more stuffed. Finally, service here is okay, they did accidentally bring out the marinated bamboo when we ordered the yams with blueberry but at least apologized for it. They also very generously refilled our dipping sauces when we requested it. All in all, an excellent duck can be found here and especially for those in CBD, it should be tried at least once. Oh yeah...they've got nice comfortable couches too!

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The duck was delicious and it's up there with Made in China. The meat was tasty and the skin was crisp. Besides the duck, all other dishes were a disappointment as the portions were very small. The restaurant is worth the visit only for the duck but not for anything else. The servers were a bit pushy in trying to insist one in our group sit at the end of the table where there is NO leg room underneath the table.

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I'm not really sure what these reviews are raving about duck-wise, cuz I took an out-of-towner here over the weekend (hoping to give da dong a run for its money) and it was less than stellar. Duck lacked flavor and the meat was dry -- no comparison to Da Dong, despite the much lower price. You get more duck, but not quality -- for 98kuai, you might as well check out Jingzun for 88kuai a duck...just as good if not better. One thing private kitchen did well was the kung pao shrimp... otherwise, don't waste your time. All in all, went in with high expectations from CW reviews, but left disappointed and unfulfilled!

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If you're craving for beijing duck and don't want to travel all the way to Dadong, this is your place. The duck is delicious and reasonably priced at 98rmb, but smaller in size. The set menues offer a wide selection of dishes, but I think it can be prepared better. I would say this place is definitely worth a try, but don't expect everything else besides the duck to be as excellent as Dadong.

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The owner ( or manager ) came to served us on the table.
For me the duck skin was a liitle bit too sweet, however i still like it.
When we enter the restaurant, strong Jujube wood fragrant kind like give natural perfume to the dinning room, i love it. ( The negative side, my clothes really smell like bbq ). Celery and ginko dish was good, duck spring roll with cheese.... just ok, i guess. Well, Kungpao chicken.. mild and not so spicy, just nice on your palate.
Since this is 'open kitchen', we can see the head chef having cigarette behind the glass window during service. No worries... this is China!

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Actually, the owner has extended the duck special through end-February, for the whole of Chinese New Year month. There is plenty of time to enjoy!

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I had dinner there last night and everything was delicious. I couldn't believe how affordable the duck was. While I did not think it was as good as the duck at Da Dong, (I love how thin and crispy the skin is there) there really isn't a better quality duck at those prices. Apparently they are still having their 88rmb/duck special until Jan. 13th. I believe normal prices are 98rmb.

Often at duck restaurants only the duck is a standout, but the other dishes we ordered were also well made and equally affordable. The kungpao chicken and shrimp was good as was the sweet and sour pork.

The ambiance of the restaurant is very nice and cozy. Definitely check out Peking Duck, Private Kitchen!

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Seriously excellent food... check out the Set Menus... we had the basic set for RMB 168 and it included sticky lotus root stuffed with rice, fantastic steamed broccoli (I don't even like broccoli), gung-pao chicken, spicy beef, and an entire duck... FOR TWO.

The duck is amazing... easily as good as Da Dong and I'd have to do a taste-off to see how it fares next to Made In China -- mind you, a whole duck here is less than 100 Kuai!!

Seriously... a must-try place, and one of my new favorite restaurants. The only real problem I have is that I can only bring myself to eat duck a few times/year...

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