It’s finally happening. After a long delay, Din Tai Fung officially opens its Pacific Place expansion today at 11 a.m.
Din Tai Fung is located on level four of the shopping center in a space covering more than 9,000 square feet. The opening will mark the third Seattle-area location for the Taiwan-based dumpling chain, famous — and drawing long lines — for its xiao long bao, or soup dumplings. Other popular menu items include pot stickers, wontons, fried rice, soups, and fried noodles.
The chain has locations open in Bellevue and University Village, and there’s one in progress at Tukwila’s Southcenter Mall that will likely open in the coming weeks. The Pacific Place store joins more than 100 locations worldwide, including branches in Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, and Dubai.
Din Tai Fung, of course, is also locked in a battle for the allegiance of Seattle diners. The top competitor is locally-owned Dough Zone Dumpling House, which is also in expansion mode. The company has four locations spread throughout Bellevue, Issaquah, and Redmond, and there’s one on the way in the International District.
600 Pine Street, (206) 682-9888, website. Open Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.