Din Tai Fung is arguably one of Taiwan’s most iconic xiaolongbao houses. Available around the world*, Din Tai Fung is a queue-attracting kind of establishment. At Din Tai Fung MOE its no different. So what makes this gem so popular? Dem buns, baby. Read on to discover The Huntr’s full review…
There are a quite a few restaurants along the new extension at Mall of the Emirates, but none come close to being as busy as Din Tai Fung. You can pretty much guarantee a wait time. But that’s almost part of the fun… Handed with a buzzer, we patiently waited around 8 minutes before our table became available for lunch. The flashing light and buzzing vibration got us excited for the meal to come, and we were seated with such precision it almost felt like boarding a plane. A check-in ticket for the pushchairs, a special basket contraption with a lid for your bags: It’s a well-oiled machine at Din Tai Fung.
The staff are all equipped with radio mics and once inside you are presented with a self-ordering menu, a checklist – if you will – which you handover to your server once you’ve made your selections. The speciality here is xiaolongbao – a Chinese steamed bun from the Jiangnan region. The glass-framed kitchen offers views of the creations being made by hand and there’s a buzzy, food-focussed feel to the atmosphere here. Aside from the infamous buns, the menu also features appetizers, dumplings, soups, noodle dishes, rice dishes, vegetables, wontons, meat and chicken, seafood and desserts. There’s also a dedicated kid’s menu and the little ones get their own cute plates and cutlery as well as highchairs and colouring books – making this the perfect family-friendly spot for a lunch at Mall of the Emirates. There are also ample vegetarian options.
Yes it’s a mall restaurant, yes it’s a chain. Yes, we don’t usually give such places much airtime on The Huntr, but this is a spot to head to if you are hungry, in the mood for some Asian/Chinese fare and find yourself in the Barsha area. Don’t miss it.
*You can find Din Tai Fung in Australia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, the Philipines, Singapore, South Korea, the U.S, Thailand and here in the UAE.
Insider tip: Din Tai Fung is quietest when it first opens at 11am and the off-peak time between lunch and dinner (2-4.30pm). Expect a wait for all other times. Why not get yourself in the table queue and take your buzzer on a little walk around the second floor whilst you wait?