A piece of Beijing has recently landed in Melbourne, situated in the more quieter Queen Street, away from the bustle and hustle of the main streets of Swanston and Elizabeth. Quan Ju De is famous for one thing; their Peking Roast Duck.
It is probably the norm to order the roast duck as the first question asked was whether we would like half a duck, so that that the order goes through while we browse the menu for other dishes.
But put 2 guys who likes their roast duck in the picture and it is a nothing less than a whole roast duck please, thank you very much.
The compulsory sides to a Peking Roast Duck; sliced scallions, cucumbers and sweet sauce.
While that was being prepared (i.e. the cooking and the carving, i understand that skill belongs to the one or two residential carvers so it can take awhile before they come to you), we had the stuffed chicken wing with glutinous rice. Served like a western dish, it came with a side salad too. A good start.
Course 1: The skin and just the skin. Crispy and not too oily, well towards the end, it does feel a bit too much.
Course 2: The glorious duck meat. The meat was well cooked; tender and went so well with the skin wraps below. I am at a lost of adjectives to describe the dish.
Unlike some wrappings that uses egg crepe, this one seems to be a plain flour base.
Course 3: A duck soup that was tasteless like what i read online and not even served warm. I suspect the bones are dumped into a huge pot and individual bowls are served according to the number of people you have. Just forget about this.
Apparently, the duck we ate was the 115,205,644th duck cooked by QuanJuDe. It certainly did not die in vain and was quite good despite the hefty price tag of AUD 68.
Address and contact details:
299, Queen Street,
Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Even though the restaurant was quite grandly decorated to the verge of being tacky, you can't deny the fact that they serve a good Peking Roast Duck. Whether the other dishes are worth ordering, i need a bigger group and another visit but judging from the duck and the chicken wing, the food can't be too far off.