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Din Tai Fung opens restaurant outlet in London and the interiors are gorgeous!

It may have been a latecomer to London’s buzzing culinary scene, but better late than never. Din Tai Fung, a name synonymous with juicy xiao long bao (steamed dumplings), has opened its first outpost in the UK, at Covent Garden in London’s West End. Spanning two levels, the 250-seat restaurant boasts a swish Oriental wooden interior with Western design influences, complete with Din Tai Fung’s most recognisable interior feature – the openconcept kitchen, which allows guests to catch nimblefingered chefs wrapping the delicate dumplings with speed and dexterity.

One can also expect other Taiwanese classics such as steamed chicken soup, oriental salad in vinegar dressing, and noodles – all of which you can pair with a signature beverage from the in-house cocktail bar. Stunningly clad in warm woods and grey stones and exuding a mod rustic ambience, the bar is a first for the restaurant chain.

In a departure from the classic oriental design that characterises other outlets, the London branch spots a contemporary Eastmeets- West look. Renowned Taiwanese designer, Song Yih of Song Yih Design Studio, who designed the Taiwan, Singapore, Dubai, and Thailand outlets, is the creative head behind the refreshing new look.

Delineating the interior spaces are gorgeous feature walls, sculpted with curved brick roof tiles that lend a distinctive visual texture to the backdrop. Complementing these features are traditional Asian motifs such as hard wood and rattan. The interior is also littered with original oriental pieces, such as meticulously refurbished handcrafted Chinese woodcarvings and intricately carved stone lions.

Din Tai Fung is located at 5-6 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London.