Dragon Gate Beijing Private Kitchen review: friendly staff, tasty dishes, but forget the Peking duck
This charming and friendly restaurant serves food from Beijing, Shanghai and Sichuan. The dishes are well made on the whole and not too spicy, but Peking duck tasted like an inferior version of the roast bird you get at a siu mei shop
In retrospect, we shouldn’t have assumed the duck would be a speciality at Dragon Gate Beijing Private Kitchen in Causeway Bay; after all, not every restaurant in Beijing serves Peking duck.
The restaurant is charmingly decorated, with paintings and murals on the walls, and mismatched, colourful crockery. The servers were friendly and when we realised we ordered too much, they cancelled two dishes without complaint.
The restaurant serves dishes from Beijing, Shanghai and Sichuan, with a chef’s hat indicating the specialities.
From the appetiser selection we liked the shredded organic chicken with crystal flour noodles (HK$88) and spiced beef shank (HK$98). The former had soft curls of wide mung bean noodles in a rich sesame sauce, with batons of cucumber for crunch.
The beef shank was very tender and moist, and the sauce – while not spicy – brought out the flavour of the meat.
We disliked the crispy fried eel (HK$138) which was too thick and hard, and so sticky it was difficult to separate the pieces. Midway through the meal we tried eating more of the dish, but the eel was stuck fast to the plate.
Deep-fried mutton with Beijing spiced powder (HK$228) had tender meat and a thin, crisp crust. Poached Ping Yuen chicken (HK$268 for half, HK$488 whole) was light and delicate, and more Cantonese in style.
And the Peking duck (HK$388)? I had ordered it when I made the booking, and it wasn’t until we were examining the menu in the restaurant that we noticed that it didn’t have the chef’s hat next to it. It tasted more like the roast duck you get from a siu mei shop, only not as good.
The skin wasn’t crisp, the meat was dry, and the bird had been carved into pieces that were too large and thick. The pancakes were thin but too soft, and they fell apart when we filled them with the duck and condiments.
Dragon Gate Beijing Private Kitchen, 3/F Circle Tower, 28 Tang Lung St, Causeway Bay, tel: 2893 1921. About HK$300 without drinks or the service charge.
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