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World-Famous Taiwanese Restaurant Din Tai Fung Confirms Two London Openings

The dumpling specialists will open a restaurant in Covent Garden before the much-awaited Centre Point arrival in 2019

A steamer of xiao long bao.
Din Tai Fung’s famous xiao long bao — pork and soup dumplings
Din Tai Fung [Official Photo]

World-famous Taiwanese restaurant Din Tai Fung has finally confirmed that it will open is first London restaurant. And although it had been expected its debut would be made at Tottenham Court Road’s new Centre Point development, the first site — what it is calling its London “flagship” — opened in Covent Garden in December 2018. It confirms the report from April this year, originally by MCA.

“The popular eatery takes prime position in London’s theatre and entertainment hub, opening at Covent Garden, Q4 2018,” an announcement said.

The restaurant seats up to 250 guests, offering the “signature” Din Tai Fung menu, including its world-famous xiao long bao (steamed pork soup dumplings), steamed chicken soup, steamed prawn and pork shao-mai, among other “Taiwanese staples.”

It spans two levels and is walk-in only. It features an “open-concept kitchen” as a “focal point of the restaurant, allowing guests to experience the team of expert Dian Xin chefs in action.”

The global brand — which has 140 restaurants in 14 territories — also confirmed it will open a second UK location in London’s Centre Point in early 2019.

Eater reported that Din Tai Fung was planning its London debut last September. Back then it was thought that the opening would be this summer; but the major redevelopment of what is set to become one of central London’s biggest new dining complexes has been set back.