One of the longest complaints of any Chinese-food-seeking Westsider has been: why isn’t there anything good west of La Cienega? Though places like ROC, Meizhou Dongpo, Little Fatty, Northern Cafe, and even the freshly opened Tasty Noodle House have appealed to noodle and dumpling hounds, the true herald of great Chinese food is, and has always been, Din Tai Fung.
The celebrated international chain of quality Chinese fare first opened in the U.S. in Arcadia decades ago, and has slowly crept into landmark destinations like The Americana at Brand, Del Amo Mall in Torrance, and South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. And now, DTF has officially opened in Century City at the Westfield mall, anchoring the south side of the shopping destination opposite the massive new Eataly.
For those who aren’t familiar with DTF, their signature xiao long bao, or soup dumplings, are made fresh every day in fish tank rooms while their varied menu of noodles, sauteed greens, meat dishes, and appetizers stretches across the canon of Chinese favorites. The Taiwan-based chain draws heavily from Shanghai cuisine, with everything from the XLB to the sauteed rice cakes. Prices are on par with other Din Tai Fung locations around LA, reaching about $11 a plate and rounding out to perhaps $40 a person, depending on the size of the order. It’s certainly not cheap, but it’s worth the price for standard-bearing Chinese food.
DTF is open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily, with an earlier 10 a.m. opening on weekends.
Din Tai Fung at Westfield Century City. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Unit 2400. Los Angeles, CA 90067.