This Christmas the Michelin Guide recognised Taiwanese restaurant has introduced three limited-edition cocktails and new chocolate lava buns, available at all three Din Tai Fung locations and the perfect way to refuel when Christmas shopping.
Christmas Morning is served hot, not unlike a Hot Toddy, with oolong tea and homemade oolong syrup adding a delicate Asian twist. A creation of Din Tai Fung Selfridges, it is served in an elegant teapot in celebration of the traditional tea ceremony that forms such an integral part of both Asian and English cultures. It also incorporates Riserva Speciale Rubino Vermouth and Deward’s 8 Illegal Smooth to create a winter warmer that could make afternoon tea last until evening.
For the margarita lovers, the new Holly Night cocktail will be sure to entice you this December. Taking its name from its vibrant green colour, this refreshing and sour cocktail is from Din Tai Fung Covent Garden and is the perfect way to kickstart the festive season. Matcha cordial brings an Asian twist to this delicious drink, while cinnamon and orange spray add a sprinkle of Christmas flavouring. The unique flavours are paired with Silver Patrón Tequila, green apple, orgeat syrup and ginger ale, and topped off with a maraschino cherry, creating a very merry margarita.
Din Tai Fung Centre Point have taken the classic Christmas flavours of orange, chocolate and cinnamon with the Santa’s Courage cocktail, pairing Japanese Suntory Whisky Toki and Cointreau, where you will taste hints of Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur and Christmas syrup. This is served with a delicate chocolate-coated candied ginger for the perfect finishing touch.
Centre Point is the newest London site for Din Tai Fung, known for their iconic Xiao Long Bao – steaming hot soup dumplings which take 40 minutes to make by hand; like those at Covent Garden and Selfridges, the new site features Din Tai Fung’s signature open kitchen, so do take the opportunity to watch the chefs working - the speed and dexterity of the pleating is amazing.
The new location is not only central but stylish, with floor to ceiling windows on both sides and a separate bar area, perfect for a pre-lunch or dinner tipple if you are meeting friends and an ideal spot to try out the Christmas cocktails. If that's not impressive enough, guests have their food delivered to them by cute robots; it's the best date venue ever.
Din Tai Fung at Centre Point has the same menu as its sister sites; obviously you have to try the soup dumplings - don't miss the chilli crab and pork version - but it's also worth checking out the other sections of the menu. This insanely good Crispy Golden Prawn Pancake is listed under snacks.
What better way to round off your festive meal at Din Tai Fung than with a fluffy chocolate treat? The brand has launched a chocolatey twist on its signature egg custard buns with a molten filling just in time for Christmas at all three of Din Tai Fung’s London restaurants.
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