Din Tai Fung-Multiple Locations
What: Din Tai Fung
Where: Multiple Locations
For: All Ages
Din Tai Fung is one of our favorite places to take our guests when they’re in from out of town. Awarded a Michelin star for its Hong Kong branch, we love to come here on Sundays for an amazing meal. We just had a restaurant open in the mall near our house, and we’ve already been there five times.
Ethan and I have waited upwards of 90 minutes to eat at Din Tai Fung. You can make reservations online or by calling the restaurant. If you walk up, there is a separate line for putting your name in for a reservation and for waiting to be seated. After you give the hostess your name and phone number, you are free to roam around the mall until you receive a text to come back. It takes about 10-15 minutes from the time you receive a text for your reservation until the time you are seated.
While guests are waiting in the line to be seated, there is an open window that shows employees making dumplings. It’s very interesting how quickly they are able to make little blobs of dough into beautiful dumplings. There is a full bar in the middle of the restaurant for patrons waiting to be seated.
When you’re seated, the waiter/ress will ask if anyone in your party has ever been to Din Tai Fung before. If it’s a guest’s first time, then they are taken through the menu (that’s no less than 15 pages long). Each table is given a piece of paper and pen where they can check off what they want to eat. Din Tai Fungis a family-style restaurant. You’re meant to share all of the dishes with your party. After the waiter/ress confirms your order, she takes it to the kitchen and brings it back to your table. When a dish is ordered and brought to the table, the employees cross it off on a piece of paper at the table.
It is essential to order the dumplings. The soup dumplings (XiaoLongBao) have a little bit of soup wrapped up with meat in the bottom of the dumpling. The shrimp and pork wonton soup is especially tasty. We also love to order the dumplings, spicy noodles, shao mai and fried rice. Don’t forget the Thai Tea and Coffee!
There are locations in Glendale, Torrance and two in Arcadia. There is also a location in Orange County and San Diego. The restaurant gets very busy on the weekends. The crowd is a mix of people, all craving dumplings. Make sure to make a reservation if you don’t want to wait 45 to 90 minutes.
We always order about 5-7 dishes with drinks and walk away paying just less than $100 for three or four people. For the two of us, it’s about $60…and believe me…every penny is worth it.
Din Tai Fung Information
21540 Hawthorne Blvd, Ste 519, Torrance, CA 90503
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