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Peking Duck for TWO - Emperor, Brilliant, Other?

Hey Kids!
Got my brother's birthday coming-up and he's a HUGE Peking Duck fan, but rarely gets it because of the cost and the fact that he's single.

SO, I'm proposing an outing just for the two of us for PekingDuck. I typically just get my duck-fix at Peak-Top or other good BBQ joints, but I want to get him the whole hoisin-pancake routine.

So based on my reading so far, I've narrowed it down to either Emperor for the Monday night Peking Duck special, plus maybe an order of those Honey-Fried oysters that Charles has sold me on, or possibly Brilliant Chinese (which I understand is better, but also $10 more) plus perhaps the Scallops with premium top soy.

Yes, it'll be a lot of food, but we're both big boys and can handle it :-)

Recommendations? Other suggestions?

Cheers,
.James.

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  1. I love Peking duck too! I think the duck at Brilliant is marginally better (and bigger) but the service and ambience are much better at Emperor.

    1. Brilliant's pancake wrapper is more authentic. However, for consistency and value for money, Emperor's Monday special is second to none! Do call ahead and reserve a bird, just in case!! BTW, given a choice, I would pick the oysters over the scallops any day!!
      Enjoy!!

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      1. re: Charles Yu

        How much is their Monday special?

        1. re: Wil

          Regular $39, two ways.
          Monday special - half price. However, I would recommend spending an extra $5 for the stirred fry minced meat & veggie lettuce wrap. Still a bargain at that price!

          1. re: Charles Yu

            Wow! That is dirt cheap for quality peking duck, must give it a try!

      2. I have yet to try Emperor, but I'll vouch for Brilliant. I'm a BIG fan of their service- and the portion size is really quite generous. Every time we go- our eyes are bigger than our stomachs and we attempt to order something additional- only to be soundly defeated. but man that minced duck makes excellent leftovers.

        I really want to try Emperor's monday special- but alas I'm in London Mon-Fri....

        1. I would recommend Chung King Garden Restaurant for Peking Duck as its one of the best in the city. The ambiance and service are not comparable to the other options you mentioned here.
          Emperor is a very good value on Monday.

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          1. re: elvisahmed

            The thing about Chung King Garden is that, apart from the duck, other dishes on the menu are relatively mediocre! A place like Brilliant or Emperor can offer the patrons many more tasty dishes on top!

            1. re: Charles Yu

              I went to CKG about 6 months ago with a small group from work, and the duck was good, but not great, but the other dishes were quite poor, and the service was weak, with one dish not arriving at all, until the bill was presented.
              Overall, it was decent, but nothing special.

            2. re: elvisahmed

              I went to Chung King 2 weeks ago and Emperor tonight, both meals for Peking Duck. The CK one was horrible, skin was listless and not crispy (and had a strange glowing red color to it), meat was dry and flavourless, and sauce was runny as well (I hate runny sauce). The one tonight at Emperor was not only a great deal at $20 (yes Charles, we did get the added $5 veggie wrap like you suggested and loved it), but their ducks skins are very light and crispy, meat was juicy, tender and flavourful, and the sauce was fantastic. The wrapper skins were a bit thick, compared to Brilliant's which has probably has the best wrapper skins in town. Always trying to re-live the great Peking duck meals I had when I visited Beijing awhile back.

              1. re: Royaljelly

                Must have been an off night as friends went last week and say the quality hasn't wavered.
                I agree the other items I tried there were forgetful.

            3. Several friends and I have always enjoyed the Peking Duck at "House of Gourmet" on the North side of Dundas, just East of Spadina. After the skin/meat course with pancakes + cucumber+green onions & Hoisan sauce there are two options for the second course. One with bones one without.