Din Tai Fung
We’re suckers for tiny restaurants with their impromptu charms, but dumplings, the heart and soul of a dim sum brunch, work best in economies of scale. When it comes to getting the maximum deliciousness out of a thin dough wrapper, it helps to bring in the experts. This industrially scaled Bellevue branch of an international chain (based in Taipei, Taiwan) turns out consistently delicious food. Brunchy bonus: On weekends only, you can get the soup dumplings in a dainty miniature size ($11.25). Din Tai Fung may attract crowds to sample its juicy soup dumplings, marinated greens and spicy wontons, but the efficient kitchen and waitstaff will make sure you and your friends stuff yourselves silly.
Lunch and dinner daily. Bellevue, 700 Belleveue Way NE (Lincoln Square); 425.698.1095; dintaifungusa.com