All the new restaurants headed for the Westfield Century City mall, including Din Tai Fung

A soup dumpling from Din Tai Fung. The Taiwanese dumpling house is opening a location at the Westfield Century City.
A soup dumpling from Din Tai Fung. The Taiwanese dumpling house is opening a location at the Westfield Century City.
(Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times)

One of next year’s most exciting places to eat in Los Angeles may actually be a mall. Westfield Century City plans to open more than 10 restaurants, bars and coffee shops as part of its $950-million makeover, along with the West Coast’s first Eataly Italian marketplace. Here’s an alphabetical look at what you’ll be waiting in line to eat at the Century City mall next year:

Compartes Chocolatier: The Los Angeles chocolate brand has been making chocolate in L.A. since 1950. Known for owner Jonathan Grahm’s playful flavors and packaging, each of the company’s two existing stores (on Melrose Avenue and in Brentwood) has a colorful chocolate bar wall. No word yet on whether the Century City location will have one, but we’re expecting great, big, Instagram-worthy things. Compartes is scheduled to open in April.

Din Tai Fung: This is the Taiwanese restaurant known for its xiao long bao (soup dumplings), and the hordes of people willing to wait hours to eat them. The restaurant is scheduled to open in late 2017. Other SoCal locations of Din Tai Fung can be found in Arcadia, Glendale, Torrance, Costa Mesa and Santa Clara.

Eataly: The massive Italian marketplace, developed by Mario Batali and Joe and Lidia Bastianich, will house restaurants, markets, fresh food counters, classes and events. The Los Angeles Eataly (there are versions in New York City, Chicago and Boston), will have an open-air, three-level layout that includes a rooftop bar along Santa Monica Boulevard. Eataly is scheduled to open in the summer.

Javier’s: The Mexican restaurant has locations in Newport Beach, Las Vegas and Los Cabos, Mexico. Javier’s is known for its seafood dishes, rare tequilas and margaritas. Expect bone marrow tacos with veal mole verde and tequila martinis with fresh prickly pear. Javier’s is scheduled to open in April.

La Colombe Coffee Roasters: You can look forward to plenty of good coffee (and coffee and chocolate, if you go for one of their famous mocha draft lattes) while you shop. The coffee shop is scheduled to open in April.

MidiCi: This Neapolitan pizza chain bakes its pizzas in 90 seconds. In addition to pizzas, there will be salads, wood-fire roasted coffee (yes, this is a thing) and Nutella calzones. The restaurant is scheduled to open in the summer.

Petros: Owner Petros Benekos is opening a location of his lauded Greek restaurant (locations in Manhattan Beach, Santa Barbara, Los Olivos and El Segundo) at the shopping center. The restaurant is known for classic Greek dishes, including moussaka and avgolemono soup. Benekos also will open two other concepts at the mall, including the Kafe and Kafe Bugatsa. The Kafe will be open all day and serve grilled calamari, spanakopita, saganaki and beer and wine. Kafe Bugatsa will serve classic Greek desserts, coffee and wine. All three restaurants are scheduled to open in April.

Shake Shack: The lines at Shake Shack may actually rival the crowds at Din Tai Fung. The New York burger restaurant will serve its signature burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, shakes, beer and wine. Shake Shack is scheduled to open in January.

I’m an expert at eating soup dumplings. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram @Jenn_Harris_



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