Din Tai Fung is London’s most hyped restaurant opening of 2018. That much is indisputable. The Taiwanese chain’s opening was first rumoured in autumn 2017; news of not one, but two Din Tai Fung London openings soon followed; Covent Garden was confirmed as the first, and that long-awaited dumpling opening date came just weeks ago; the chain revealed exactly why London is its first city for European expansion, before cannily “predicting” five-hour queues on opening day. For all kinds of different reasons, this dumpling restaurants arrival in London matters, to many people.
Those wait-times might not have eventuated, but it hasn’t stopped Londoners flocking to the world-famous dumpling restaurant, in search of xiaolongbao, hype-ready photos, and the chance to experience an entirely new restaurant that, for many Londoners, is also a taste of home.
Take a look inside the London restaurant opening that took 2108’s hypebeasts — accidental or not — by storm.