Li Qun $$
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11 Beixiangfang Hutong, Zhengyi Nanlu, Qianmen Dajie
HOURS: Daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
COST: Most entrées between ¥100-500
METRO: Qianmen (Line 2)
If Quan Ju De in Tian’anmen sounds too touristy for your taste, try Li Qun for a taste of duck instead. It’s a completely different experience thanks to its somewhat run-down but full-of-character location in an old hutong house.
The menu offers various non-duck dishes, but these are nothing compared to the main attraction. Li Qun himself cooks the duck to his own recipe in a brick oven, and the walls are decorated with photos of celebrities and dignitaries who have enjoyed his handiwork over the years.
It’s a world away from the big, production-line duck restaurants elsewhere in town. If you’re here in winter, wrap up warm, as it tends to get chilly.
© Susie Gordon from Moon Beijing & Shanghai, 2nd Edition