If you've experienced duck cooked a number of different ways, and enjoy it, until you try Quan Ju De, you have not experienced it the way it should be cooked and served. I say "should be" because nothing else comes close to approaching this bursting flavor. While living in Shanghai for 1-1/2 years, Quan Ju De was no less than once a month for us. My wife and I are flying back for a month shortly, and we've already planned our Quan Ju De trip.
On the Fodor review they state that you can't order the 1/2 duck. Unless this is a change from 2 years ago, whenever my wife and I went alone, WE DID just order the 1/2.
Did I go to a completely different restaurant, at this exact address?! The place on 4F is named "Duck King". The duck - we've had many easily superior in Cantonese restaurants in East LA, small/family-run or banquet-sized estalibshments. The service - completely and utterly disastrous for us. Not in the habit (or awareness, for that matter) to flag down waiters and "rush" the order, we ended up getting our duck 1 hr and 40 minutes after ordering, dead last behind all other tables in our whole 'wing', even those who arrived much later. Even the impatient German couple got theirs first - we need to school ourselves in the art of harassing the servers. The additional dishes we ordered - the waitress came back and made us pick something else - 3 times - and worse than the duck's delay, we never received them. I'm going to chalk the whole thing up to an overwhelming crowd - but, seriously, if all your business is in duck - tsk tsk. Never mind the peeling walls and drafty windows.