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Din Tai Fung Debuts UTC Dumpling Palace

The much-anticipated eatery opens its doors today

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Of all the restaurant openings at the newly-renovated Westfield UTC, perhaps none has been more highly anticipated as the arrival of Din Tai Fung, the internationally-renowned eatery that opens its doors to the public today. The in-demand restaurant has been taking reservations for tables, but reps tell Eater that they will eventually return to their standard walk-up format after the initial soft opening period.

Located at the top of the stairs just behind the mall’s valet parking station, Din Tai Fung spans 10,000-square-feet and seats over 200 guests. The restaurant’s entryway leads diners past a glassed-in prep area, where cooks industriously stuff and crimp hundreds of dumplings, wontons, potstickers, and more; on a busy day, the kitchen will prepare up to 1,000 xiao long bao, its signature soup-filled delight. The eatery recently upgraded to using kurabota pork for its dumplings and all other pork dishes on the menu.

Offering a full bar, as well as boba drinks, the restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 9:30 on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. As for additional locations in San Diego, Din Tai Fun’s Ashley Yang tells Eater that they first want to test the market before making any decisions; next up for the company is a new outpost in Portland that’s launching by the end of the year and an expansion of its Costa Mesa branch in South Coast Plaza that will add another 50 seats.

Din Tai Fung

4301 La Jolla Village Drive, , CA 92122 (858) 375-9888 Visit Website

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