|Chun Tian Beijing Roast Duck
|11:30am - 1:30pm,5:30pm - 8:30pm|
|27 East Shaoling St., West Dashi Rd.|
|028 8704 3330|
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Susan Johnson (More chengdu)|
The first thing that caught our eye about this restaurant was the wood-burning oven in the open kitchen. Cooks were using a long pole to transfer ducks in and out of the oven, while others rolled out the tiny pancakes used to wrap the duck. Like typical Beijing duck restaurants in town there are also several Sichuan dishes on the menu for people who crave something spicy. There is no English on the menu but it is well illustrated. The servers were efficient, gracious, and seemed well-managed.
Our half duck rolled up on a cart and was swiftly carved tableside, the head ceremoniously laid on the side. I did have to flap an arm to inform the carver to leave us the wing. The duck had crispy skin and tender meat with pretty average flavor. Duck meals include pancakes, green onions, sauce, and a bowl of duck soup at the end. We added an order of garlic fried kong xin cai, lettuce in a fantastic sesame sauce that we used to pour over the kong xin cai, and marinated wood ear that had been tossed with sour and very spicy pickled peppers.
As we were eating the restaurant began to fill with families, groups of friends, and couples on dates. About half were eating duck and half were enjoying the restaurant's local dishes. Some of the smaller kids were clearly enjoying dipping their pieces of duck in the sauce and rolling them in the pancakes with the onion. Others were just being loud; the big room can get pretty noisy when it is full. Those bothered by smoke should dine a little early since a few diners were lighting up during their after dinner conversation. A single duck is just under 50 RMB each, but a half duck is only 25. One half duck, an order of fried greens, and the two cold dishes completely stuffed a friend and me for only 60 RMB.