Din Tai Fung – Central Park, Sydney

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Hawker-chic and instagrammable first new concept restaurant for Din Tai Fung

Michelin star restaurant Din Tai Fung continues to delight the palates of Sydney-siders with their latest Sydney restaurant at Central Park.

Award-winning Australian design team, Design Clarity worked closely with Din Tai Fung Management to offer the idea of a simplified street market/cityscape design scheme. The inspiring space features a theatrical ‘display kitchen’ evocative of a ‘vendors cart’ showcasing the scientific precision and culinary skills that create the edible artwork of each dumpling.

Deconstructed steamer baskets at the entrance have been cleverly transformed into hanging planters welcoming patrons, inspired by the external vertical garden designed by French Botanist, Patrick Blanc.

Up front there’s some bold instagrammable supergraphic branding for international DTF fans to post about and an authentic hawker street bike cart. Inside rows of playful domino-like tabletops sit under street neon signage visible from Broadway street-level below.

Graffiti-esque twisted Chinese proverbs (man with one chopstick go hungry) wrap exposed brick columns while reclaimed objects help project an unassuming vibe. The dining space transforms into a back lane feel reminiscent of the tourist experience discovering an unexpected food haven beyond the main strip of a foreign city.

Din Tai Fung has attracted high praise since it was listed as one of the New York Times top 10 restaurants in the world in 1993. Since then, the accolades have kept coming with Michelin star status awarded and most recently being voted Good Food’s number one dumpling destination in Sydney.

With five universities within walking distance, this design targets a younger demographic open to new experiences like the infamous soupy Xiao Long Bao – what American born Chinese chef Ken Hom calls “the best dumplings in the world.”