As I may have blogged before, beyond the Arcadia and Americana at Brand (in Glendale) locations in Southern California, the Taiwanese restaurant chain Din Tai Fung was opening a branch in Costa Mesa. Well, it is now officially open:
“With Uniqlo scheduled to open after Labor Day (there’s currently a pop-up store by the carousel) and Din Tai Fung welcoming the Asian invasion, the Sanrio wing of South Coast Plaza will never be the same again. Kudos to long-term planning.
Architectural features include a centrally located exhibition kitchen (talk about focus on their faces!) and patio the size of our dorm room. The 8,000 square foot establishment is a sprawling ode to the Yang family’s signature soup dumplings. If you can’t find a table in their 175 seat dining room, try to secure a spot in the modest bar and lounge. Guests on standby will be contacted via text message. At least you can get some shopping done while you wait.
Open at 11 a.m. during the week and 10 a.m. on weekends, they close at 10 p.m. (9 p.m. on Sunday). After Labor Day, take out will be available. However, there are no reservations accepted. We suggest a snack before heading over.”
I’m not sure when the next time I’ll be Costa Mesa, but the full address for the Din Tai Fung branch is: South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA. There are already reviews for this branch on Yelp.