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October 2021: despite the promised Centre Point branch still not having opened, DTF are opening a branch in Selfridges.

Harden's says

One of the most hyped openings of the year, DTF is known and loved for its precisely made xiao long baos (dumplings with exactly 18 pleats and a variety of fillings) that are already clogging up most foodies' Insta-feeds. The beef noodle soup and fried rice are also much-mentioned. The second branch will open at Centre Point soon; expect to queue, even with 250 seats available.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

An international Taiwanese-based chain with a trio of UK outlets in Covent Garden, Selfridges and most recently Centre Point (“with a great view”). To well-travelled connoisseurs of the original, they are “more upmarket here and more expensive too” (“I lived in Asia for several years and ate at a DTF at least weekly, but here they’ve jacked the prices up to a level that is taking the p***”). But to the uninitiated, they can seem like “the best ever dumplings”, and – Top Menu Tip – even their sternest critics say “don’t ignore the Xian Long Bao” (soup dumplings).

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The London offshoots of a famous Taiwanese dumpling brand (in Covent Garden, Selfridges and, scheduled for late 2022 opening, a big 13,500 sq ft debut in Centre Point) are by most accounts “great fun”, although “it’s quite a different proposition to the Asian formula”“more upmarket”. There’s plenty of enthusiasm for the “soup dumpling heaven” provided by the signature pleated dumplings (xiao long bao) – although be warned: they are “more expensive” than in Asia and “the bill can add up pretty fast”.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Makes me feel as if I’m back in Asia” – this “busy and large” Covent Garden “canteen” is the first London outlet of an “international chain specialising in dumplings”, founded in Taiwan 50 years ago. “In Bangkok, in Manila, in Singapore, this is mall food” – and after the launch here newbies were “not sure the PR hype was warranted” with “better in Chinatown”. Still, for “top soup dumplings” (xiao long bao) and “consistent dim sum” it does win lots of votes – “and if children get bored they can watch the chefs making the dumplings in the kitchens”.

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“Crazily long queues marked the inaugural week” of the UK’s first 250-seat branch in Covent Garden of this legendary Asian soup, dumpling and noodle chain: established in 1972 in Taipei, and now also set to open a second branch near Centrepoint. “For anyone who’s been to DTF in the Far East, the first London one may come across as a slightly unnecessarily puffed-up version of what is at heart a fantastically efficient and good-value, shopping-mall brand”. “Dumplings, of many and various forms, are uniformly good (quality-control at this cult brand is notoriously anal)” and aficionados of the chain mostly feel “it lives up to the standards of branches in well-established locations in Asia”. But, they also warn that: “as per my experience in Singapore etc, they’re not about to change your concept of what a good xiao long bao, etc, can be”.

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Din Tai Fung Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Din Tai Fung Restaurant in WC2E, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Din Tai Fung restaurant.
Daniel C
Tasty and authentic dim sum, but the whole ...
Reviewed 3 months, 5 days ago

"Tasty and authentic dim sum, but the whole experience felt a bit like being hurried through a canteen rather than a treat"

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James A
Continues to be consistent / good dumplings...
Reviewed 6 months, 28 days ago

"Continues to be consistent / good dumplings, the rest variable. Shorter menu lacking in variety. Some things now stupidly expensive eg £10 (plus service) for a plate of green beans with garlic. "

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Prices

Tapas / Dim Sum

Main Pudding
£10.50 £8.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £22.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Opening hours
Monday11 am‑10 pm
Tuesday11 am‑10 pm
Wednesday11 am‑10 pm
Thursday11 am‑10 pm
Friday11 am‑10 pm
Saturday10 am‑10 pm
Sunday10 am‑10 pm

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