Brunch at the First Los Angeles Area Location of Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐 in Arcadia, CA
After dining at the newest Din Tai Fung location in Century City, I was quite disappointed by the food there. Many of the dishes were prepared well, but there just seemed to be a certain blandness to the food. So, I decided to bring my foodie group here for brunch yesterday, and I thoroughly enjoyed the food so much more. I don’t know if it’s because the food is prepared better (I found the meat fillings for the xiao long bao and dumplings to be better seasoned here).
The benefit of having dined with a large group of people was the ability to order a larger variety of dishes to taste, and we tasted at least one dish from every category of dishes on their menu. Unfortunately, eating at Din Tai Fung is no longer an inexpensive meal. Here, the meal cost $36 per person, which included tax and 18% gratuity.
The fun thing about the original location was the fact that it was not packed when they opened. There were no crowds, no lines. The tables didn’t fill up until about Noon. This was definitely a much more relaxed location to eat at. The servers were fully knowledgeable of the food completely, and they were rushed. Food arrived at a much more gradual pace. All in all, it was a much more pleasant dining experience than any of the other locations I’ve eaten at.