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Din Tai Fung in Toronto

Charles Yu Aug 8, 2010 03:48 PM

Its about time!!

Fellow chowhounder Hong_Kong_Foodie just brought to my attention that, last week, the world famous Din Tai Fung, posted up news in their official website ' Disavowing the IMPOSTER in Markham, Ontario and Macau!! No wonder quality of the Markham DTF is 'no where near' the Michelin star quality of the official HK branch!!


  1. MeXx Aug 9, 2010 06:52 AM

    Sorry Charles, but isn't this quite obvious for most establishments that are across the pond from Asia? They just use/'steal' the name of famous restaurants to market themselves.

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    1. re: MeXx
      dyson17 Aug 9, 2010 08:37 AM

      I suspect that this is a case where the original DTF did not have the foresight to register the trademark/brand name in Canada.If the Toronto DTF managed to register their name first, there is not much the Original DTF can do about it.

      1. re: dyson17
        thatlankyfoody Aug 10, 2010 08:44 AM

        Showing my food/law geek colours here but it seems the trademark was registered in 1999, and the database makes no reference to connections with others in HK:


      2. re: MeXx
        Charles Yu Aug 9, 2010 06:16 PM

        Yes! But I have not encountered a case as misleading as this one though??!! Name, signage, logo, food/cuisine type...etc The whole sha-bang!

        1. re: Charles Yu
          dyson17 Aug 9, 2010 07:47 PM

          That is the way it should be.Why go part of the way if they want to take advantage of this situation they should go the whole nine yards.

          1. re: dyson17
            Charles Yu Aug 10, 2010 06:11 AM

            ..........except quality of food and a Michelin star!!

      3. Chocaholic Aug 8, 2010 05:42 PM

        I think I've read a link before from some other chowhounder, that the Ding Tai Fung here in Toronto was never related / associated to the restaurants you are referring to.

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        1. re: Chocaholic
          Charles Yu Aug 8, 2010 06:28 PM

          Markham's DTF uses exactly the same three Chinese characters as the real McCoy in their business name/logo. Their business modus operandi is also the same as the real DTF too! Shouldn't this be catagorize as trade mark infringement? Enough said!

          1. re: Chocaholic
            sbug206 Aug 8, 2010 06:29 PM

            Although that may be, it's obvious they're trying to associate themselves when they serve similar food and use the SAME NAME.

            1. re: sbug206
              Charles Yu Aug 8, 2010 07:01 PM

              And now, may be get sued!!

              1. re: Charles Yu
                Wil Aug 9, 2010 04:59 AM

                Anyone who's been to both know the how far they actually are! The Markham one is such a pale comparison.

                1. re: Wil
                  Charles Yu Aug 9, 2010 05:27 AM

                  Thats the reason why patrons wrote to Din Tai Fung's head office to complain as to why the quality in their 'Canadian' branch can be so lousy and different after trying the Markham imposter out!

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