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“Not so good Xiao Long Bao”
Review of Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung
Ranked #77 of 7,737 Restaurants in Jakarta
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian, Taiwanese
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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“Not so good Xiao Long Bao”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

They used chicken in the Xiao Long Bao!!! Totally nothing great as they are so dry - not like the pork one. How interesting!! I will not go there again. Price is the same but the Xiao Long Bao is not nice at all!!

Visited January 2012
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Spanish first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2012

Din Tai Fung is a growing Taiwanese chain with branches all over Asia and in the US. Not having been to Taiwan, I cannot vouch for the original, but my guess is "extraordinary". The gold standard for me is Hong Kong, where both branches reach culinary heights and deserve fulsome praise. The Jakarta branch at Arcadia Senayan (one of 4 in the city) was a serious disappointment. For someone who hasn't eaten at DTF Hong Kong, or DTF Seoul for that matter, DTF Jakarta might seem to be an acceptable dining choice. But for someone, such as me, coming with high expectations based on my HK experience, it was a great let down. The menu in Jakarta is significantly different from that in HK in order to cater, I suppose, to local tastes. Some of the DTF signature dishes are there such as xiao long bao dumplings, but any similarity to the Michelin starred version in HK is accidental. They just are not the same and definitely not as heavenly flavorful. Perhaps this stems from the banishing of pork from the menu in order to stick to halal rules. But other non-pork dishes such as my usual favorite hot and sour soup were also different and mediocre - not hot and not sour in fact. Another fantastic Hong Kong item, Indian Lettuce sauteed in garlic, is not on the Jakarta menu and a local spinach version was again lackluster. This goes on and on and I will not exhaust the reader by repeating my unenthusiastic reaction to other dishes.
The place is not cheap when compared to other decent Chinese options in the city and this combined with the mediocrity seems to be the reason why, at a peak dinner hour, there was no waiting to get a table and the restaurant was sparsely occupied.
So although DTF Arcadia Senayan is not bad, it doesn't meet the standards of DTF elsewhere and I will not make any special effort to go there when in Jakarta. What a pity!

  • Visited October 2012
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Great Food for Friends”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

A great restaurant for a "sharing with friends experience". The food is divine and with 100s of options it is fun just trying something new every time you go.

The decor is not why you are there, this is all about great traditional Chinese Dim Sum and you cant get better in Jakarta.

If you don't fell stuffed when you leave, you just have not tried!

  • Visited August 2012
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JAkarta, Indonesia
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed October 25, 2012

i love the hongkong fried rice, i love their somay, shiao lung pao, ciause? hahahah... i love their dumplings, n they have a good beef black pepper too.... very very goood in tasteeeee,,,, really love it...

Visited November 2011
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Munich, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“in Pacific Place Mall”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

simple restaurant but with great offering of Chinese food. I love the fresh seafood here. Waiters speak little English knowledge but they always friendly and do their best

Visited October 2012
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