QJD Peking Duck Restaurant
QJD Peking Duck Restaurant is the place to go for peking duck in Toronto. Their ridiculously opulent version take the popular Chinese dish to the next level.
This is the global chain's first Canadian location. They claim to have served up dignitaries and the public alike since their first location opened in Beijing was back in 1864.
The restaurant has upscale touches including modern design and the requisite white tablecloths.
On the menu, there is actually much more than just Peking Duck here. The Beijing Style Smoked Chicken and Tofu Sheet Roll ($15.99) features chicken breast that is steamed then smoked.
The Mixed Fresh Vegetables Salad ($18.99) is five kinds of julienned vegetables including black fungus and white radish tossed with a light vinegar and soy wasabi and topped with deep fried taro strips.
But let’s be real. We’re all here for the Peking duck. The QJD Premium Peony Duck Set ($118) is the crowning glory of this ridiculously opulent dining experience.
It features a whole duck roasted for exactly 45 minutes, left to cool for another five, and immediately prepared table side.
The duck is sliced delicately and arranged into an intricate floral arrangement. The whole experience just screams WOW.
The duck comes with thin handmade steamed pancakes, baked hollow sesame seed buns, sweetened soybean dipping sauce and scallion strips.
It's delicious if slightly leaner than versions of this dish that I've eaten in Asia, but I'm told this is due to local regulations that prohibit excessive fattening of the duck.
Beyond duck, the Signature Crispy Pigeon Fish with Sweet and Sour Sauce ($48.99) is almost worth the price tag. QJD’s version is perfectly crisped, while the sauce is nicely balanced without being overly sour or sweet.
The Sauteed Diced Beef Filet with Mango ($28.99) is perfectly sliced and marinated beef that's harmony in every bite.
The Twisted Dough Strips stuffed with Minced Shrimp ($25.99) is also right up my alley. It’s topped with a creamy sauce.
For dessert, the Walnut Crisp ($21.99) is meticulously hand-made with chocolate powder, walnut, and a splash of Chinese liquor; and the Duckling Shaped Crispy Puff ($21.99) is hand-stuffed with date paste.