Peking Duck for TWO - Emperor, Brilliant, Other?
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?
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.
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....
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.
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.