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Old 08-03-2012, 10:22 PM   #1
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Din Tai Fung

First time I tried Ding Tai Fung was in Hong Kong.
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I was very pleased and happy with the food and was very excited to try the restaurant in Bellevue.

Now, they have come to Vancouver.

Shanghai Xiao Long Bao Restaurant

Shanghai Xiaolongbao Restaurant

I'm hoping to trying their food out with the wife this weekend after the Pride parade.
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Wait where does it say that; thats the Din Tai Fung?

It's not even listed under Din Tai Fung's website nor its under that name.

Also the Din Tai Fung in Bellevue sucks, it's not right. I have tried the one in Taiwan, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and USA. They are all a lot better than the one in USA
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I went to one in Taipei, it was fine. Nothing to get too excited about imo
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Shanghai Ding Tai Fung

Shanghai Din Tai Fung - Downtown - Vancouver, BC

While there is no Canada listed on their website, they do have a restaurant in Ontario so their website may not be up-to-date.

If I can find something more conclusive, I will post it up.
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someone phoned DTF head office and confirmed Vancouver one is fake...since DTF never registered their name in Canada they can't sue.

perhaps someone currently in TPE can give them a quick call?
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Din Tai Fung in Bellevue sucks.
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The real DTF is so much better
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Din Tai Fung in Bellevue suck
Absolutely nothing special
There are couple of local restaurants have better food than them.
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DTF in HK wasn't THAAAAAAAAAT great... Better than the shit we have here though.
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Shanghai Ding Tai Fung

Shanghai Din Tai Fung - Downtown - Vancouver, BC

While there is no Canada listed on their website, they do have a restaurant in Ontario so their website may not be up-to-date.

If I can find something more conclusive, I will post it up.


Yup but I mean how did you find the one you listed at the start of the page and linked it with DTF?
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Yup but I mean how did you find the one you listed at the start of the page and linked it with DTF?
Back in February, people noticed a sign at the restaurant that said coming soon, Shanghai Ding Tai Fung.

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And yesterday, the wife said she saw their menu and it said Ding Tai Fung on it.
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Unless they changed their logo, that logo looks really fake lol... Looks like they went to the mall to get that sign made, with standard fonts even for the logo

Also the Japanese is wrong on it

Also afaik the name is "Din Tai Fung" not "Shanghai Ding Tai Fung"

Fake? Or just a really horrible franchisee?

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The picture of the sign is not the same as the link you posted. That pic is located on Alberni St and the link is to a place on Richards.
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THIS IS NOT THE REAL DIN TAI FUNG - do not be fooled!!

The restaurant had to change their name after trying to use the name from the infamous Din Tai Fung.

We came here because it was close to Gastown and it's one of the few Chinese restaurants in downtown. The food was ok, it wasn't spectacular but acceptable.

The waiter kept forcing me to order food saying it wasn't enough, giving the impression that their portions are small. I was with 5 other people and he kept saying order more, order more, not enough, for sure not enough! At the end of it I had to put my foot down and be like, this is ALL we're ordering. And the waiter said, "well, this is for sure not enough, for sure, but I'll put in the order for now."

After all the food came, it was too much. Felt so ripped off.
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yikes! staying away. Went to the one in HK and i loved it! bounced the xiao long bao for a bit until it popped under my spoon and the peanut butter noodles..

bellvue one was trash and there was like 15+ mexicans making the Xiao long bao LOL and it was trash. Xiao long bao @ dinesty richmond is good
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You don't need to register anything for trademark /copyright. As long as you can prove that you have the name before the infringer you will probably win.

However with the court cost, long lead time and short lifespan of restaurants in Vancouver.. it is probably a waste of time and money. Most Chinese restaurants think more of the balance sheet than hiring lawyers.

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This dt one is actually good, owners know what they're doing.
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The original name of the restaurant was going to be Ding Tai Fung, but due to copyright, the name was changed to Shanghai Xiaolongbao Restaurant.
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The latest place i when to was Shanghai Xiao Long Bao Restaurant on Richards street downtown. The view inside the restaurant is quite high-class and very welcoming. I went with my friend, we were not very hungry only looking for a small snack. The waiter was very kind and friendly when taking our order(offering water and such). He insisted we try their infamous xiao long bao, and so we did. The xiao long bao dumplings were extremely tasty with enough soup to fill the big chinese spoons. The soup inside the xiao long bao was a mouthful of delicious flavours that one can only describe through words. I highly recommend others to go check this place out if you're near by or have some spare time. ^_^ cheeeerrs
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Was pretty excited too when the coming soon signs were posted months ago. Only to realize it was a fake.

If a real DTF was coming, they would pick a helluva better location.
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yikes! staying away. Went to the one in HK and i loved it! bounced the xiao long bao for a bit until it popped under my spoon and the peanut butter noodles..

bellvue one was trash and there was like 15+ mexicans making the Xiao long bao LOL and it was trash. Xiao long bao @ dinesty richmond is good
When I heard that a DTF was opened up in Bellevue I instantly grabbed my foodie group and drove down there! I've heard stories of the DTF's in Asia being super popular and good!

Boy were we dissappointed ... they have an open kitchen with huge windows that you can peer into while waiting in line (yes there was about a 40min lineup because it just opened) ... and ... my first reaction was WTF because there was like 15 Mexicans crammed into that kitchen pumping out XLB's!... I was like "ok I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, maybe they were properly trained by the real XLB masters here at DTF" ... and uhh ... yeah let's just say that there are easily dozen's of Shanghainese/Taiwanese restaurants in Vancouver that make much better XLBs and for much cheaper.
I ordered a Tan Tan noodles and it was the smallest bowl of noodles I've ever seen and it was like $9 and it tasted horrible!

I left the place thinking that DTF should just stay in Seattle if that is their standard of quality because they wouldn't even be able to compete with the local shops.
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