If you think that the arrival of Din Tai Fung in Causeway Bay is no big deal, think again. Taking up the entire ground floor of the former Delay No Mall, the restaurant alone has turned a place where people hardly tread into a prime dining destination. Stopping by last week, thirty minutes before last-order, there was still a ten minute wait to get in!
What’s their secret?
In one word, consistency.
It’s not all about just offering great food
How many times have you went to your favorite restaurant and ordered dishes that you love, only to be disappointed at how they turned out? Perhaps the meat wasn’t cooked properly, the dish was too oily, too salty, or simply not as flavorful as before. Consistency is a major problem with restaurants. This gets amplified exponentially once a good restaurant starts to expand. It’s even more complex once those branches span the globe. (Din Tai Fung has over forty restaurants!)
What Din Tai Fung has that most restaurants lack is consistency. Having just dined at the original Din Tai Fung in Taipei a few weeks ago, I can tell you that there’s not much difference in quality between the two branches.
Din Tai Fung was originally known for their xiao long bao, however there’s much more worth sampling on the menu. Apart from being consistent, the food is superior in flavor to most restaurants of the same ilk. Even small things stand out such as the egg in the fried rice with shrimp.
Unlike many Hong Kong restaurants, Din Tai Fung doesn’t just shine through expensive dishes, but even the small choices are noteworthy. For example, the spicy cucumber for $28 HKD is particularly delicious.
Din Tai Fung’s menu contains many smaller dishes, which means that even two people can select a range of food. On my last visit, between two people we enjoyed a good variety including noodles, rice, two vegetables and two dumplings. That’s six dishes for slightly less than $300 HKD in total.
Considering that everything we ordered was way above average, Din Tai Fung is also strong value for the money.
Din Tai Fung – Causeway Bay
G/F, Shop 3-9, 68 Yee Wo Street
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Din Tai Fung – Tsim Sha Tsui
3F, Silvercord Shopping Center
30 Canton Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon