Din Tai Fung
Time Out Says
Yet Din Tai Fung’s no-frills take on this classic Chinese cuisine has achieved cult-like status among the city’s foodies, with the flagship branch in Mall of the Emirates regularly building up queues 45 minutes long – and staff handing out buzzers telling hungry customers when to return.
But once you’re in and biting into one of the signature xiao long bao – with the hot, flavourful broth hitting your taste buds – you’ll understand the fuss.
The dumplings are beautifully fresh – so fresh, in fact, that you can watch a small army of chefs at the back of the restaurant sculpting them at a rate of hundreds per hour. And the buns, offered with fillings ranging from mushroom and vegetable to red bean, are plump.
Although everyone is here for the dim sum, there are also plenty of other staples on the surrounding menu including meaty soups and mountainous plates of noodles.
The dumplings are presented in baskets of six, you’ll definitely over-order no matter how hard you try – especially considering that it’s just Dhs30 per serving.
So grab a buzzer and get queuing – it’s more than worth the wait.
By Time Out Dubai staff | 19 May 2019