Today, Brian and I decided to grab lunch at one of our favorite nearby spots, Din Tai Fung, to get dumplings and noodle soup. It’s located in University Village. We’ve been here several times for dinner, but never for lunch. The dinner crowd at this place is insane. Usually an hour (plus) wait, so I thought we should check it out for lunch, and hope there’s not such a long wait.
When you walk up to the restaurant, off to the left, you will seea giant window where you can see all of the dumplings being handmade. It makes for a fun and interesting sight to see while waiting to be seated.
There was a lunch crowd today, but not so busy that we weren’t able to be seated right away. Which was wonderful, since I was trying to take a quick lunch break to get out into the beautiful sunny day just for a little bit, but needed to get back home to work.
We’ve been here enough that we knew exactly what we wanted, but the first few times we went to Din Tai, we experimented quite a bit with our order to try different items. Some of our favorites include, Pork XiaoLongBao (Soup Dumplings that they are known for), the Green Beans, Fried Rice, Noodle Soup, and Fried Noodles.
So today, we ordered Green Tea (normally we would get one of their wonderful cocktails, but since it was lunch, we decided to be good and get tea), Braised Beef Noodle Soup, Chicken Dumplings, Green Beans and Chicken Fried Rice. The food comes pretty quickly after ordering, and comes to the table as it is ready, in waves.
The tea came first and it was a wonderful, strong green tea.
Next the green beans and fried rice came to the table. The beans are buttery, garlicy and very crisp. They are definitely one of the best green bean sides I’ve had at a restaurant. The fried rice is nice and light, exactly as you’d expect a good fried rice to be.
Lastly, the dumplings and noodle soup were dropped off. The soup was filled to the brim, with flavorful beef broth, super tender braised beef and wonderful homemade noodles. All steamed dumplings come 10 to an order and can be too much for one person, but if you’re sharing it’s perfect. The chicken dumplings were nice and hot with great texture and are exactly what I’m looking for in a steamed dumpling!
They have another location at Lincoln Square and are opening one in Southcenter early next year and one in Pacific Place opening up this summer. If you haven’t tried Din Tai Fung, or even if you have, I highly recommend stopping in and grabbing some noodles and/or dumplings!
I would give Din Tai Fung 4 Bites: