Location: 700 Bellevue Way NE Ste 280, Bellevue, WA 98004 (Inside Bellevue Square)
Phone: (425) 698-1095 | Hours: N/A
I went to Din Tai Fung in Bellevue last month with the family after our weekend trip in the US. We didn’t know what to eat on our way back, and knowing that my parents are typical Chinese parents, they probably want something hot and something Chinese. So, I suggested Din Tai Fung. They insisted that they have tried this place before, but I was pretty sure they didn’t. And I was right.
This Din Tai Fung is inside Lincoln Square, which is connected to Bellevue Square. We waited for roughly 15-20mins, as they don’t take reservations on the weekend. I had thought they would be very busy with the large crowd standing at the door, but until I sat down to find out, there were plenty of empty tables inside.
This place is a total assembly line, I can’t even count how many are in the kitchen. And if you could see the scale on the table, everything is made to exact measurement, which I thought was pretty hardcore.
Din Tai Fung is not your typical Asian restaurant, not everything comes in large plates. In fact, everything is served small.
I think good things don’t come in big servings. This was definitely one of the better “dan dan” noodles I have had. The noodles texture was chewy to perfection and even though the sauce was a little spicy, it wasn’t over-powering. I would recommend this dish again.
The pork chop was very well seasoned, this had more of a soup base to it than the other noodle. The noodles tasted identical, very chewy. Now what did I say about assembly line at the beginning.
This is a braised beef noodle soup, it’s a little spicy. But, not too spicy that it is over-powering.
The pot stickers here are definitely different from elsewhere. There is a sheet of crispy thing on the bottom of the dumplings. Usually dumplings are served upright, but not here. They like to show off the bottom, which was pan-fried to perfection, a nice golden-brown colour. The dumpling was quite juicy and presentation was a bonus. The sauce that came with it, was a thick soya sauce.
The juicy pork dumplings are the big sellers here. They were quite juicy and very comparable to the ones we have in Vancouver.
My mom is a wonton master, probably makes one of the best wonton in the house. So, we rarely get wonton when we are out eating. But just to try out this place’s wonton, this wasn’t bad.The portions were pretty big.
I’m not a very big fan of this dish, but I have to say this place brings it out right. Some places uses too much pork, but this place uses a right amount. The flavours were all there, and the rice cake wasn’t too soft or hard.
The sesame dumplings was one of the more disappointing dishes of the night. We wanted to end it with a dessert, but I can clearly say that sesame and dumplings just didn’t go. The dumplings had no water to absorb from the sesame paste, which resulted in drier dumplings skin. The inside, as I expected, was quite sweet. It had the very sandy feeling to it, and didn’t really taste good in the mouth.
Overall, I thought it was not too bad. It was a different experience from the Shanghainese place in Vancouver. In fact, this place originated from Taiwan and not Shanghai. And it just grew from outside Asia to North America, Bellevue being one of them. Price wise, this place isn’t a cheap restaurant for only serving small dishes and dim sum. The decors are very modern, however, the noise level are just way too loud. There is a private room for large bookings and if you want some place quieter, request to be seated at the back of the restaurant. All in all, it was an interesting experience.