Eater London understands from sources that Din Tai Fung — the Taiwanese restaurant chain who earlier this year were reported to be opening in London — will open their first UK site in London’s redeveloped Centre Point on Tottenham Court Road. It was reported they would launch in May across multiple news outlets, but the opening has been delayed. It is thought Centre Point, which was scheduled to reopen at the end of summer this year, will now open in the middle of 2018.
As part of the redeveloped Centre Point 34-story tower building on the corner junction of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road, in the heart of London, there will be a new public square, lined with cafes and restaurants. It is thought that Din Tai Fung will open in this space. The 15,000 square feet space will also include a new cinema and access to the new Crossrail station which is under construction at the Tottenham Court Road station. That is not expected to open until 2019.
Eater London also understands that Sushisamba, the Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian fusion restaurant in Heron Tower in The City, and Vapiano, the fast pasta chain, have also agreed terms on sites in the development.
Din Tai Fung — which was originally founded in Tapei in 1980 — has 21 locations in Singapore and three in Thailand, as well as numerous sites elsewhere in Asia and in Australia. The group also has a sizeable portfolio across the United States, with four sites in Los Angeles, a site in Orange County, one in Santa Clara and four locations in Seattle. London will be the first European branch for the Taiwanese restaurant. They’re known mainly for signature Xiao Long Bao (steamed soup pork dumplings.)
Stay tuned for more news on the time frame for the new openings.