Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese Dim Sum Restaurant, and it’s originally from Taiwan. The first restaurant is located in Xinyi Road in Taipei City, since the 80s. It’s amazing that how many branches they have opened during the last 30 years, everywhere in the world, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, USA, Australia and etc. So far, I’ve been to the Original one in Taiwan and two other branches in Taiwan, Shanghai, Singapore and all of the branches in Hong Kong. I would say, they never disappoint me! The quality of food is good and pretty consistent, and the service is also good.
But one thing I want to highlight is the original restaurant in Xinyi Road, Taipei. If you love Din Tai Fung, please try to dine there at least one time, the experience is really something! First of all, you have to line up, no reservation as usual, and they don’t care who you are, even the president of Taiwan also need to line up! The building is with 3-storey, and the famous Xiao Long Bao production view is on the ground floor near the entrance. You will see so many people all in white uniform, line up in the kitchen making dumplings, interesting to watch! The food of course is very good, but what actually impressed me was the standard of the service. They do have a lot of servers, waiter/waitress stand by all the time. Someone is there constantly refilling your cup of tea, very observant and attentive. They know exactly what you need and they just came to you at the right moment. Somehow I found that they try to do that at their branches, but the service level could never be as good as the original one, but still not bad.
Talking about food, of course the must have well-known Xiao Long Bao, and I just like the basic one, not really those with truffle oil or crab. The simple one is the best! I actually can easily order 10-20 dishes that I like, and they all taste good! This so-called Taiwanese Dim Sum is actually just like the Shanghainese food. But the way they do is better than a lot of Shanghainese restaurants. All appetisers are simple but nice, for example, cucumber with garlic and chilli, jellyfish with turnip, you can easily finish a few if you are going with few friends. For main course, can choose between rice, noddles or different kind of dumplings. Dessert is also nice, and I love the almond tofu, silky smooth! As I said, they will never disappoint you.