Food and drink
I’ve found the Peking duck here to be very good … provided you ask the chefs to keep it in the oven an extra ten minutes. It might be personal taste, but it seems to reduce the oiliness and transfer more fragrant wood smokiness into the skin. You won’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but to gain credence with the older locals, order a dish of austere ma doufu, a rustic mulch of mung-bean pulp and lamb fat.
The front patio is a great spot for summer nights, usually heaving with local expats living in the apartments opposite. Inside it’s lively and relaxed, if a bit more well-heeled than the average Beijing eatery.
Generally good, but you might have to wait up to an hour for your duck as there’s only one oven. Consider pre-ordering by phone. I like the fact that the waitresses try out a bit of English now and again.
Halfway down residential Chunxiu Road, it’s about a 15 minute walk to Dongzhimen subway station (Line 2).
Great value - a meal here with beer should set you back about 40-70 RMB a head.
- Backpackers / Students
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
- People watching