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In SF next week-need help with Peking Duck

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jondubus Sep 19, 2009 08:40 AM

My son recently moved to SF(Richmond) and he tells me that the best Peking Duck can be found in the Sunset district (rather than Chinatown), but didn't name the restaurant(s). I'd never had Peking duck before and SF would seem to be ideal for my initiation. Any opinions are greatly appreciated.

  1. PeterL Sep 19, 2009 09:56 AM

    Personally I favor Great China in Berkeley. In Chinatown R&G Lounge (just off Chinatown) is also good. I am not familiar with Sunset.

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    R & G Lounge
    631 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

    Great China Restaurant
    2115 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704

    1. Robert Lauriston Sep 19, 2009 10:04 AM

      My favorite is at Daimo in Richmond.

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      Daimo Chinese Restaurant
      3288 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804

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        david kaplan Sep 19, 2009 01:17 PM

        I've liked Peking duck at Five Happiness in the Richmond district in SF, which is (from most perspectives) on the same side of town as the Sunset.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/609155

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          jondubus Sep 21, 2009 06:38 AM

          All good suggestions, many thanks! Any takes on tea-smoked vs. Peking Duck? I've had neither before.

          1. re: jondubus
            Robert Lauriston Sep 21, 2009 11:10 AM

            The tea-smoked duck at Great China in Berkeley is my favorite.

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              PeterL Sep 21, 2009 12:52 PM

              Same here. You can do a dual ducks dinner.

            2. re: jondubus
              PeterL Sep 21, 2009 01:00 PM

              Be aware that Great China may require a reservation.

              1. re: PeterL
                Robert Lauriston Sep 21, 2009 02:20 PM

                Yeah, it's a good idea to reserve the Peking duck if you want it, otherwise they might run out. Good idea to make a reservation in general.

                Great China also has one of the best wine lists in the East Bay.

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                  jondubus Sep 21, 2009 04:55 PM

                  I'm liking the Dual Duck idea.....We'll do reservations for sure.

                  1. re: jondubus
                    lexdevil Sep 21, 2009 06:20 PM

                    I think I prefer the idea of a duck duel.

                    1. re: jondubus
                      Robert Lauriston Sep 22, 2009 10:38 AM

                      I suggest you have the Peking duck first, the tea-smoked duck is a lot more intense. I wouldn't order both in the same meal, but if I did, I'd want at least four people.

                      Some other dishes to consider:

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/43499
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/32102
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/389071

            3. Pei Sep 22, 2009 10:31 AM

              South Sea Seafood in the seafood does a decent job (Better than R&G) but if you can make it to Berkeley I agree with all the nods for Great China in Berkeley.

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