Old Beijing Roast Duck
We were the first customers they had that day. The restaurant has very elegant and authentic decor. I was expecting the prices to be expensive. It turn out not to be at all. We could not order the duck as they only serve the whole duck and having only 2 persons, it was too much. We ordered six dishes and to my Cantonese taste buds, they definitely were authentic northern Chinese cuisine. If you like to sample their roast duck and cannot finish the duck within the group, you can go there on Sunday and they have a set meal for $20.
The First Lady server did not speak English. Any attempt to speak to her in anything else but mandarin she would just ignore you. We go back for the good foods. They need to up their service. Desserts took 35 minutes as they forgot to place the order.
We had the Dine Out dinner. The food was uneven. Soup was okay, the shrimp was excellent, the duck spring roll was mediocre. We went for the roasted duck - it was good except they served the duck skin with meat on (so the skin was not crispy enough). The crepe used to wrap the duck was good.
Unfortunately, the service was extremely poor. For example, the dishes were served out of order, and did not come for all of us at the same time. Some of us got soup then the spring rolls then the duck. Others got the spring rolls then the duck and the soup last. You get the idea. Also, they just brought dishes with no explanation as to what they are serving, and did not warn us that dishes for our group would not be ready for everyone at the same time. We ordered different soups and when only 2 bowls arrived, they never said which soup that was (can’t tell by appearance) nor why the others’ soup didn’t arrive till after the main course. Not once did anyone come to ask if our food was okay. The restaurant was not half full so they weren’t too busy.
I don’t know if they had untrained staff or simply don’t care about service. It’s a shame because the decor is nice and some of the food is quite good.
Our dine out experience gave us mixed reviews. First is the language barrier and comprehension of English with the servers. Our food did not come in the order as listed nor did we receive all the condiments for the duck dish. The Kale Shrimp Ball is not in a ball form. Its thin slices of greens with 4 shrimps. Our Main course was the Beijing Roast Duck for One Person: including duck meat duck skin, duck soup, and crepe. We never received the duck soup. Even though our reservations were at 6 pm, but it was always difficult to get the attention of the wait staff. Seemed as if they were only programmed to a specific table and look down as they head back to the kitchen. The table next to us waited half an hour before they received any dish, not even their appetizers. Not sure how new this eatery is, but very disorganized. I don't think their dine out menu selections and portions were worth $35/person for a fine dining restaurant.
The waiter kept getting our orders wrong and then he would give us someone else order. When we got the bill, they hovered over us and asked about tips.
Ordered from the dine out menu. All the food came at once instead of staggering all the courses so by the time we got to the main course it was lukewarm. Friendly service though.
very slowly serving dishes and no explaination for the delay
very good and authentic food, but terrible service— the servers were unhelpful (even rude at times), none of the food came in the right order, and they even forgot to make two of the dishes we ordered
My girlfriend and I when here for Dine Out Vancouver and we had a fantastic evening. We tried both options on the menu and we were very pleased with what Old Beijing had to offer. The roast duck was stellar, and probably will be heading back for a go at their full menu.
Only thing that I could suggest is that they could do with a 'how to eat Peking Duck' as it would help new comers to your delicious Roast Duck.
The decor makes for a beautiful and peaceful atmosphere and the kitchen looks like it would be a pleasure to cook Peking Duck in. This coming from a chef that has cook roast duck at home.
The seating was a little uncomfortable the booth seats are lower then the chair seat making the people in the booth feel like a kid, and the back of the chairs are too hard so dig in a bit.
Great food, the Perking Duck is delicious!
Pretty poor value... had better ducks elsewhere for way less...