What do we need to know about Din Tai Fung's new restaurant?
If you somehow managed to miss the queues around the block when Din Tai Fung opened its first London restaurant in 2018, then here's what you need to know about the Taiwanese global phenomenon.
Since the 1970s it's been famous for its xiao long bao - or steamed soup dumplings. These are always made in house, with 18 regulation folds, and it's this standardisation that's made DTF such a force to be reckoned with as you always know what you're getting when you dine there.
Where is it?
You'll find it up on the fourth floor of Selfridges on Oxford Street. There are two ways to get to it - either up the escalators through the store from the Duke Street entrance, or there's a special lift that you can access inside the entrance to the Brasserie of Light.
How do you get a table?
It's a mix of walk-ins and reservations - and you'd be well advised to try and get a reservation at least in the early weeks while everyone wants to check it out. If you happen to be in the store shopping and decide you fancy trying it, you just put your name down at the desk and they'll tell you what time to come back. While you wait, you'll probably have time to get those Off White trainers you can't afford but need to have.
What's that we heard about robots?
You heard right. There are two gently gliding around the restaurant, helping waiters deliver to customers and take away dishes back to the kitchen. They roll up to specific areas in the restaurant, laden with food and the waiters in that area give them out to the correct tables.
Sadly, the robots are not up to interaction yet, so there's no collaring one to fetch you another basket of dumplings from the kitchen.
What's on the menu?
The menu is HUGE. There are pages and pages of options covering dumplings, noodle and rice dishes and more.
Here's just some of what we tried on a preview visit:
In addition to the must-have xiao long bao, there are also a few new dishes that are exclusive to Selfridges, including a steamed chicken and truffle soup as well as...
Room for dessert?
There's really one thing you want to order here and that's the salted egg yolk custard lava buns.
What about drinks?
With an all-new selection of cocktails and mocktails on offer, you might fancy something strong to start.
Legendary dumplings and robot waiters - how could this new Din Tai Fung be anything but a roaring success? It's the perfect type of food for shoppers too; we can easily see ourselves popping in for a plate of xiao long bao and a pot of Oolong whenever Oxford Street gets to be too much.
@hotdinners Your first look inside the new Din Tai Fung restaurant at @selfridges - which even has robot waiters! #londonfood #londonrestaurants #londonlife ♬ High School - Nicki Minaj
More about Din Tai Fung at Selfridges
Where is it? 4th Floor, 400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB
When does it open? 31 January 2022
How to book: Yu can book online but they also take walk-ins.
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