All that and dim sum

New restu­ar­ant Han Shi Fu comes from the team be­hind Din Tai Fung, writes Amy Mathieson

Time Out Dubai - - FOOD -

Ever seem­ingly spent hours wait­ing for a ta­ble at Din Tai Fung at Mall of the Emirates? If you love dim sum, we’re guess­ing the an­swer is yes. And so there’s ex­cit­ing news for fans of Chi­nese cook­ing – a brand-new restau­rant is open­ing this week, from the team be­hind the pop­u­lar mall eatery.

Han Shi Fu is open­ing this Thurs­day (De­cem­ber 6) at Aloft City Cen­tre Deira – the cin­e­math­emed ho­tel – and Time Out Dubai has been for a look be­hind the scenes.

Billed by the team as a “young and trendy Asian fu­sion gas­tropub and restau­rant” Han Shi Fu prom­ises “au­then­tic dishes with an in­fu­sion of bold flavours”.

Dishes on the ex­cit­ing new menu in­clude crys­tal ray crab dumplings, char­coal gold dust umami bao, Grandma Han’s duck con­gee and matcha green tea vel­vet cake. There are also bar bites such as soy but­ter pop­corn, ra­men burg­ers and foie gras slid­ers, so far, so fancy.

“The char­ac­ter­ful venue maps out a culi­nary jour­ney through the dy­namic ur­ban cities of Taipei, Hong Kong, Shang­hai, New York and Los An­ge­les,” says the team be­hind it.

And it’s not just some­where to eat – by night, a res­i­dent DJ will en­ter­tain the dim sumlovers fur­ther. The restau­rant has a bar, as well as sev­eral dif­fer­ent din­ing ar­eas, and dé­cor in­cludes tra­di­tional Chi­nese scrolls and ce­ramic wall dec­o­ra­tions.

Mean­while Din Tai Fung is also open­ing a new “up­mar­ket branch” in The Dubai Mall – with out­door seat­ing and views of The Dubai Foun­tain.

The Tai­wanese chain plans to open the restau­rant in De­cem­ber. The team told Time Out Dubai that it will be the “most lux­u­ri­ous” branch so far, with a bright colour scheme and plush fur­ni­ture rather than the stripped-back and ca­sual feel of the Mall of the Emirates and Al Ghu­rair Cen­tre branches, although prices will re­main af­ford­able.

Now, pass us that bas­ket of dumplings.

→ Open­ing Thu Dec 6. Aloft City Cen­tre Deira (04 210 3333).

WHAT IS IT... Brand-new restau­rant from the team be­hind Din Tai Fung

WHY GO... The dim sum, we ex­pect

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