The original Beijing branch of this restaurant has been the place to get Peking duck since 1864. This Shanghai branch opened in 1998, but the Peking duck is just as popular here. Few dishes are more definitively Chinese than Peking duck, the succulent, slow-roasted bird that is never quite properly prepared overseas. The ambience here is "old Chinese" to the point of absurdity, complete with hostesses dressed in traditional imperial outfits including platform tasseled
shoes and flashy headpieces, and with lattice screens scattered throughout the dining room. The menu has both pictures and English text to explain the different types of duck available. One minor drawback is the size of the portions. There are no half-ducks on the menu, and a full duck is rather a lot for two people.
786 Huaihai Zhong Lu, 4th fl., Shanghai, 200002, China