New restaurant where duck is king
Quanjude, a Chinese restaurant known for their trademark Peking Roast Duck and its longstanding culinary heritage since its establishment in 1864 in Beijing, China, has launched a flagship Sydney Restaurant located in World Square.
Occupying the space which was once China Republic, Quanjude has undergone a complete refurbishment, with the 250-seater fine dining establishment featuring six bespoke private dining rooms, a 360-degree bar and an open kitchen showcasing the signature Peking Duck.
The space also features a stage for nightly Bian Lian performances, celebrating the time-honoured ancient Chinese dramatic art featuring performers in brightly coloured costumes momentously ‘face-changing.’ In addition, Quanjude is renowned for their traditional tea pouring ceremonies, showcased nightly as another form of entertainment for guests to enjoy while dining.
The refurbished space boasts bespoke timber-clad walls, decadent hand-painted artworks and floor to ceiling windows overlooking George Street.
Paying homage to the original century old Quanjude in Beijing, which serves up 2 million Peking Roast Ducks annually in China alone, the Sydney restaurant is following suit and since opening they’ve sold more than 100 ducks a day. Each customer receivesan official gift certificate acknowledging the purchase, with the inclusion of the number of ducks sold within the restaurant to date.
Quanjude’s menu showcases the delicacy across a variety of Northern Chinese dishes as well as more adventurous dishes such as Braised Pork Intestine with Black Fungus and Mushroom Casserole or the order in advance Beggar’s Chicken, which takes six hours to prepare and features a whole chicken that is stuffed, wrapped in clay and slow baked at a low heat with the animation and reveal presented to the table.
Focusing on live and local from the kitchen tank, there is also a selection of seafood dishes prepared raw or cooked to order such as the tangy Fried Shrimp Balls with Mustard Sauce or whole Lobster served two ways. To finish, try the handmade Beijing Ducklings of crumbly pastry and sweet bean paste or the Aiwowo steamed rice cakes with sweet stuffing.
The featured bar is home to a variety of bespoke and traditional cocktails, with the talented mixologists able to concoct your beverage of choice. Quanjude also offers an extensive wine list, featuring local and international pours, with the inclusion of Bollinger. In addition to traditional spirits and liqueurs, Quanjude boasts a select list of Chinese Spirits, featuring aged 15-year-old bottles of Kweichow Moutai.
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