Originally Posted by Kwik-E-Mart
It's an imitator, just like the fake apple stores in China:
(Image courtesy of wisemonkeysblog.com)
First of all, the authentic name for the restaurant is Din
Tai Fung (Whereas it is spelled "Ding" on the picture). There is no "Shanghai" nor a Chinese cauldron on the top. Finally, all Din Tai Fung restaurants are pretty large in size, unlike the small cubby hole seen here, and are located in landmark areas of town (definitely not on Pender and Richards).
If Din Tai Fung has registered its trademark worldwide before this picture was up, it might have a legitimate case to sue.
Ha! That's hilarious.
I've never understood trying to imitate/straight up copy other restaurants. You're not really fooling anyone. Besides foodies that love Taiwanese food or have travelled to Shanghai or Taipei to eat exclusively at DTF, who's going to care, or for that matter, even know about this place?
The same thing happened here in Shanghai a few months ago. Signs started popping up on a vacant building advertising wild-style fries and double double burgers. The pictures of the food were exact copies of In N' Out Burger. A few Shanghai bloggers from the west coast of the US were excited until it was discovered that these guys were not associated with the brand at all. The In N' Out fanboys where disappointed, and boycotted the place, while everyone else just saw it as an overpriced burger joint. Everybody loses.
Back to DTF, it's good, not great. The reason it's so popular, at least in Shanghai, is because it's moderately priced and the service is good - two things that rarely coexist in Shanghai aka. the land of the worst service ever, anywhere in the history of the world.