Din Tai Fung Chatswood is a Sydney institution for fine Chinese food and world-class dumplings at affordable prices. Whether you’re a fan of the high quality of their food, or you want to go to a restaurant that has something for the whole family, Din Tai Fung is the place to go. With chains open in Miranda, World Square, Broadway and Central Park, and Emporium Melbourne now operational, you can enjoy Din Tai Fung at several locations throughout Australia.
Din Tai Fung Chatswood is located on Anderson St, Chatswood, on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, New South Wales. The restaurant faces out to Anderson St but is a part of the Westfield Chatswood Shopping Centre on Level 3. The Shopping Centre is split into 2 parts on either side of Anderson St, and Din Tai Fung is on the same side as Aldi (Level 2) and JB Hi-Fi (Level 5).
Because it is part of Westfield, the parking will be fairly easy for you, as you are able to park in the Westfield carpark. The carpark allows 3 hours free for patrons, and additional charges thereafter. They also have ticketless parking at Westfield Chatswood.
The menu for Din Tai Fung Chatswood, reads like your typical Chinese restaurant menu, but there are a few items on the menu that are distinctly theirs. They have your usual options like Drunken chicken, with a Shanghai twist, and less usual options like Cucumber Salad with dressing. A lot of the side dishes on the menu are really delicious on their own as well, such as Water Spinach with Garlic, another favourite at Chinese restaurants as well.
But the main event at the restaurant has to be their dumplings. Especially their Xio Long Bao (Soup Dumpling). These little parcels of soupy goodness are made fresh each day on the Din Tai Fung premises, and cooked right in front of you. Their secret is in the prep; they make a gelatinous pork stock and filling when the dumpling is cold. Then it melts down as the dumplings are steamed and you’re left with the little soup dumplings.
They also have a great selection of deserts such as their delectable mango pudding, with a little dollop of whipped cream. They also have an array of ‘hot deserts’, featuring several little sweet buns, such as those with taro and red bean fillings. Their Golden Lava buns are also a treat, filled with a lovely eggy custard.
FOR THE KIDS
Din Tai Fung knows that sharing a meal together is family, and thus everyone big or small is welcome to the restaurant. Once seated, servers will offer you melamine plates and cups for the kids to use instead of the fine china. This is a great idea, and allows the kids to be kids, and enjoy their meal without any fuss or worry.
One of the meals to get for the kids to try would have to be the Gem dumplings. These dumplings look like the traditional Xio Long Bao (Soup dumplings) but they are all different colours. If you’re struggling to get the kids to enjoy the cuisine at Din Tai (which is unlikely), this is a great and fun way to ease them into the dumplings. Also, some of the dumplings are filled with some wacky flavours like cheese, bolognese, green salad and corn, so they’ll be even more appealing to fussy little ones.
The restaurant is pram accessible and has several highchairs available if you want to bring the baby along. The restaurant doesn’t have its own change table, but there are parents’ rooms in Westfield, with the closest one just across the way past Dollar Time.
OUT AND ABOUT BABY TIP
Every year around Chinese Lunar New Year, Din Tai Fung are famous for creating a dumpling or bun to represent the animal of that year. This year is the Year of the Dog, and Din Tai has made several little buns in the shape of puppies, which the kids will love. $1 from each of the buns sold goes towards BeCentre, a charity for children’s mental health. This is a great cause to get behind and really fun for the kids, so keep up to date via social media about promotions similar to this one.