Soup-dumpling temple Din Tai Fung is about to open its doors at the Americana at Brand shopping center in Glendale, with exclusive truffle soup dumplings and a full bar. Its debut is scheduled for Monday.
Located next to the lobby entrance of Nordstrom, the new 6,800-square-foot, 160-seat location will be the third Los Angeles-area Din Tai Fung (the other two, known for their long lines, are in Arcadia) and the fourth U.S. outpost of the popular Taiwan-based chain, which has 80 locations worldwide, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“The opening of Din Tai Fung is part of the premier lineup of tenants opening at the Americana at Brand during our fifth anniversary,” developer Rick J. Caruso said in a statement.
Along with juicy pork dumplings, the Americana at Brand menu will feature entrees such as vegetable, shrimp and pork shiu mai; noodles with minced pork sauce; Shanghai rice cake with chicken and shrimp; and pork wonton in spicy sauce, from $7 to $12. Pot stickers, fried noodles, wontons, fried rice and soups are also on the menu.
The truffle dumpling is a specialty served to VIPs at the Din Tai Fung locations in Taiwan.
The full bar will offer beer, wine and traditional and Asian-style cocktails, along with non-alcoholic options such as boba beverages and slushies.
The design is an homage to Din Tai Fung’s Taiwan Xinyi restaurant, which opened in 1967: patterned wood screens and floor-to-ceiling glass walls and private entertaining spaces.
Open for lunch and dinner 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Valet parking is available on Brand Boulevard.
889 Americana Way, on Brand Boulevard between Caruso Avenue and Colorado Avenue, Glendale, (818) 637-8982, DintaiFungusa.com.
-- Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times