Internationally recognised soup buns ahoy.
Melbourne, you've been denied your fix of the world's most celebrated xiao long bao for too long, but the wait is over at last. Din Tai Fung, that colossus of the soup-bun world, has had its flag planted in Sydney for some years now, but that insult is finally being remedied by the arrival of the first Victorian branch - the biggest in the country.
Set to open mid-year in the Emporium centre in the CBD, the 235-seater also offers three private rooms, a feature not seen at any other Australian Din Tai Fung location - perfect for uninterrupted communion with the signature bao and wontons or for a group-appreciation session.
"It's about time we brought our well-loved dumplings to Melbourne," said Dendy Harjanto, director of Din Tai Fung's Australasian operations. "I've been a visitor to this city for years but we had to wait until the time was right." And not a moment too soon.
Din Tai Fung, level 4, Emporium Melbourne, 287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Vic.
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