Din Tai Fung

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4301 La Jolla Village Dr Ste 2000, San Diego, California, USA, 92122

Serves meat, vegan options available. Taiwanese restaurant group with franchise operations in multiple countries. Its signature specialty is dumplings. Menu labels the veg dishes with vegan choices including the oriental salad, vegetable fried rice, red bean xiao long bao and red bean bao. Vegetable stock can be requested for the vegetable wonton & spicy dried noodle, dan dan noodle, and vegetable wonton soup. Specify if you don't want egg or oyster sauce just to be sure.

Categories: Ovo, Chinese, Take-out, Taiwanese, Non-veg

4 Reviews

First Review by Rob D

Rob D

Points +126

Vegan
14 Nov 2021

Taiwanese Restaurant Chain Gets it Right

Before you get your first bite of food at Din Tai Fung you'll probably notice a lot of things that are different from most restaurants. To begin with, there's the line to get in. It's usually long during lunch and dinner times so be prepared to wait...and wait some more. Not to worry, your patience will be rewarded.

Once you finally get seated, it will be difficult not to notice the number of employees walking around the expansive dining area. Some will be carrying towering stacks of bamboo steamer baskets and others will just be observing and looking at their iPads. What I do know is that it works. Servers are impeccably trained and are helpful and efficient. Once you place your order food starts arriving at the table quickly.

For the most part, the food is very well prepared. At first glance it may seem like the number of vegan options is limited, but don't be fooled. The menu is extensive and the vegan offerings are plentiful and clearly labelled.

Seaweed & Beancurd in a Vinegar Dressing is a light refreshing salad that is a perfect start to a meal. The one vegan dumpling is the Vegetable & Mushroom dumpling and is excellent. The same filling is also used in the Vegetable & Mushroom Bun if you prefer something doughier. I found the thin skin of the dumpling works better with this filling.

Where the vegan options abound is in the Greens section of the menu. With seven different dishes to chose from. My favorites are the String Beans and the Kale, both sautéed with garlic. If you like a bitter green, then the mustard greens will fit the bill. The Bok Choy tends to be on the blander side.

What you won't find at Din Tai Fung are fake meats, and in many ways it's a refreshing change from most vegan options at Asian restaurants. There are no heavy, sweet, gelatinous sauces that are also typical of so many Asian restaurants. This is one chain that is worth going to and I hope they expand beyond the west coast.

EDIT 2021: Dinging them one star because the last couple of times the green beans were bland and one time the kale was brown and appeared to be way past its expiration date.

Updated from previous review on 2019-09-25

Pros: Excellent service, Tasty and reasonably healthy vegan options

Cons: Long wait times during lunch and dinner times

LorraineGadsden

Points +679

Vegan
13 Oct 2021

Yeah, It’s Amazing

Din Tai Fung is just so good. There are so many options ranging from appetizers, soups, dumplings, wontons, noodles, drinks, desserts. The sesame seed bao is to die for, seriously. You can also get some other things not labeled vegan, vegan pretty easily if you remove an item. On their allergen list online it will tell you if it can be made vegan, or if it already is vegan. I highly recommend this place.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Easy to customize, Delicious

amcaliva

Points +20

Vegan
06 Mar 2020

Many options, I loved the food.

Servers very knowledgeable of vegan options. I’ll be back for sure

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stacypatel

Points +157

Vegan
06 Oct 2019

MSG in everything

Yes there were a lot of vegan options but also a lot of possible cross contamination in the kitchen. There is also MSG in everything which is a known neurotoxin. We are ethical and also vegans for health, although we are foodies and enjoy food very much. Cannot eat at establishments that add MSG to everything.

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