The name Din Tai Fung is synonymous with dumplings. Why? Because the international restaurant chain is said to make some of the tastiest dumplings in the world. But then again, statements like these are thrown around all the time in the food industry. At the end of the day, what it comes down to is how delicious and enjoyable the meal is to the diner on the day.
A perfect example of this was when I first visited Din Tai Fung at their Westfield Sydney location. On that occasion I was left very unimpressed with the food. So why did I recommend Din Tai Fung when my mates wanted to catch up over dinner? Because I had heard enough good reviews from my peers to warrant a second visit.
This time around we visited Din Tai Fung at their premier World Square location and right from the start, it was a whole new experience. The restaurant, adorned with floor to ceiling glass, just oozed warmth and a buzz that was very inviting.
Being such a popular restaurant, Din Tai Fung doesn’t accept bookings, so we were told there would be a 45min wait before we could be seated. Normally that would be a concern, however, there is a nice bar located right next door so we had drinks there until our table was ready.
Now on my previous visit, I had only sampled two of the dishes on Din Tai Fung’s menu. But with a group of five on the night, we had the awesome opportunity of sampling more than usual!
Crab Meat & Roe with Pork Dumplings (8pc) – $19.80
Although more expensive than the ‘standard’ Pork Dumplings, these Crab Meat & Roe Pork Dumplings were simply divine. Cooked beautifully, they packed an incredible flavour punch as they broke apart in your mouth.
Steamed Pork Dumplings (8pcs) – $12.80
Yes, I did refer to these as being ‘standard’, but in truth there is nothing standard about them. It’s a simple dumpling, yet delicious none the less. Think of it as garlic bread and order a few before you dig into the rest of your meal.
Vegetable & Pork Jiao Zi (6pcs) – $10.80
Yum! Who knew something green (sort of) could taste so good :)
Shrimp & Pork Jiao Zi (6pcs) – $11.80
The last time I had tried these, they were a tad overcooked and left me disappointed. On this occasion, however, they were cooked just right and tasted delicious.
Shrimp & Pork WonTon Noodle dipped a Spicy Sauce – $13.80
Ahhh… spicy sauce! I’m not a big fan of spicy food, so I won’t make a judgement on these myself. But going by the reactions of my mates, it seemed to be a good dish.
Shanghai Style Drunken Chicken – $10.80
Succulent, tender chicken complete with extra fatty skin. Yum!
Crumbed Chicken Fillet with fried Medium Grain Rice – $14.80
Another dish that had left me disappointed previously, yet once again, tasted brilliant on this occasion. The chicken was freshly cooked and combined with the fried rice, made for a great meal. I think we went through three of these on the night!
Shredded Beef fried with Medium Grain Rice – $12.80
My favourite fried rice is still the Three Egg Fried Rice from Chefs Gallery, however, I have to commend Din Tai Fung for their fried rice as well. Both the beef and plain fried rice we received were delicious.
So at the end of the day (or night), I was very happy with my experience at Din Tai Fung World Square. Despite my previous disappointment, I guess I was always quietly confident that the restaurant would deliver on it’s promise :)
P.S – No doubt there are other restaurants tucked away in the streets of Sydney that offer even more amazing dumplings, but until then, Din Tai Fung shall remain my favourite.