Celebrated every year on January 18, International Peking Duck Day is celebrated to recognize the national dish of China. The process of preparing Peking duck is rooted in tradition that has been perfected over thousands of years since the Yuan Dynasty was established by Kublai Khan. For the unaware, the White Beijing Duck, or Peking Duck is a whole duck that is seasoned using a particular blend of spices before they’re roasted in either a hung oven or a closed one. The trademark of a well-done Peking duck is its crispy, flavorful skin. Today, one does not have to travel all the way to China to taste Peking Duck – it is readily available in Asian restaurants in your city. International Peking Duck Day can be celebrated by simply going out and having Peking Duck for dinner. To help you further, here's a quick list of some of the best restaurants in Mumbai that serve the finest renditions of this classic recipe.
Yauatcha is a London-based Dim Sum house operational in Mumbai, Bangalore & Kolkata. The authenticity and delicious Dim sum made their way to one of the best Pan Asian restaurants in Mumbai. One of their specialty is the six-course meal referred to as “Supreme Taste of Yauatcha”, curated with their signature dishes to their tea-based cocktails. You can book a private dining room or general seating, both of which offer a delightful dining experience. Even though Yauatcha serves a variety of dishes on their menu, the guest’s favorites remain the Poached Peking Dumpling served with a flavourful Peking sauce that has fresh chili, coriander, and garlic. Available in Chicken and Duck variations, this is the perfect dim sum during winter.
Must haves: Dim Sum, Blue Tea, Raspberry Delice, Turnip Cake and Crispy Prawn Cheung Fung.
Cost for two: ₹ 2500
Designed to provide a warmth of a typical Chinese Household, the China House Restaurant offers delectable signature dishes complemented by an exhaustive list of wines and a host of desserts. The award-winning China House Restaurant is your gateway to a traditional experience of Sichuanese cuisine. The Signature Peking Duck, a royal delicacy of China House Restaurant, hails from the imperial era and embarks on the exciting journey of the restaurant. The pecking duck is cooked in a wood-fired oven with a special mango wood at 220 degrees for about 45 minutes. Along with this, enjoy the other mouth-watering dishes while seated outdoors in our Pagoda setting, or indoors in family-dining style.
Must haves: Dim Sum, Black Pepper Crab, Jasmine Tea Tiramisu.
Cost for two: ₹ 3500
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Perched on the 37th floor of the gorgeous St. Regis Hotel, find stunning views of the Arabian Sea and the city skyline at By the Mekong. By The Mekong's menu focuses on several Southeast Asian cuisines. Service is excellent here and all in all, this is one of the best romantic restaurants in Mumbai and a true epitome of sophistication and beauty. The restaurant itself is popular and stunningly designed. Your visit will not be complete without trying the By The Mekong Signature Peking Duck served with steamed homemade pancakes and five-spiced hoisin sauce.
Must Haves: Mangolian Lamb Chops, Lobster Stew in Black Bean Sauce, Mushrooms with Baby Pokchoy in Oyster Sauce, Vietnamese Barbecues Wings, Golden Triangle, Mysterious plan, The Mekong Bowl.
Cost for two: ₹ 5000
The Foo dining experience is more than just a meal – it’s a shared experience that celebrates modern Asian flavors and design. A treat for your eyes and taste buds alike, Foo is a walk through the best of Asian fare, served in a way that you’ve never enjoyed before. Foo’s gastronomic experience marries classic Asian hospitality with much-loved flavors and a chic ambiance – all of which have been created through expertise & innovation, & delivered with love. Not so old on the menu, the Peking Duck with Pancakes and Plum Sauce will fill you with warmth & bliss with its subtle flavors.
Must Haves: Crispy Tofu, Mango Pudding, Foo Fighting, Spare Ribs, Not A Chicken, Blue Butter Japanese Rice, Natsu.
Cost for two: ₹ 1500
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The first thought when Royal China was created, was to serve authentic Chinese food bearing in mind the constantly evolving and emerging trends and tastes from around the world. With a perfect blend of traditional and contemporary elements of Cantonese cuisine, Royal China takes great pride in ensuring that all the ingredients that they use are freshly sourced and authentic. In addition to the delectable Cantonese dishes, they also offer an extensive list of fine wines. With an extensive menu to choose from, we recommend the Roasted Peking Duck served with spring onion, cucumber, and pancake. You choose the portion size also. With outlets across India, Royal China is a go-to place for experiencing some of the most authentic and delicious Chinese cuisines.
Must Haves: Chir Sio Bau, Prawn & Chive Dumpling, Tenderloin with Black Bean Sauce and Bacon Fried Rice, Banana Toffee Fritters.
Cost for two: ₹ 2500
KOKO should definitely be added to everyone’s list of must-visit places when in India’s largest city. In the past few years, the Japanese staple has found a soft corner in the hearts of most fine-dining connoisseurs in Mumbai. A quintessential Asian fine dining set in bustling midtown Mumbai, KOKO seeks to refine the luxury dining experience in India. The interiors are sophisticated and bold, with unique features such as the 125-foot-long Island Bar or the glowing jigsaw mahjong style tiled wall, which makes for an ideal setting for your dining experience. KOKO has many popular favorites, but one such authentic Asian delicacy that many patrons come back for is the Peking Duck with Pancake. This rich, aromatic platter brings so much to the table, it is the perfect showstopper for a family lunch or weekend dinner. This place is a wonderful dose of glamour, hospitality and unique flavors.
Must Haves: Chilli King Prawn, Edamame & Hazelnut Tartlet, Hong Kong Kai-Lan & Lotus Root, Sushi, Kansha, Wakarimasu.
Cost for two: ₹ 3000
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