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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“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”.
Since launching in Taipei in 1972 – selling dumplings as a sideline from a cooking oil store that was struggling to make ends meet – this soup dumpling and noodle brand has gone global. Its first foray into the UK market was due to open at the revamped Centre Point development in Summer 2018 but will now open in 2019, preceded by this ‘second’ outpost in Covent Garden late in 2018; exact opening dates still TBA.
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|Wine per bottle||£22.00|
|Monday||11 am‑10 pm|
|Tuesday||11 am‑10 pm|
|Wednesday||11 am‑10 pm|
|Thursday||11 am‑10 pm|
|Friday||11 am‑10 pm|
|Saturday||10 am‑10 pm|
|Sunday||10 am‑10 pm|