Xi'an Impression

117 Benwell Road

Authentic Chinese • BYOB
Opens at 11:30
££££
Holloway Road
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Dojo rating
9.5/10

Originality, authenticity and frugality are three big words we fuck with, and Xi’an Impression has them all in spades. It’s a small, BYOB, canteen-style space opposite the Emirates Stadium, pumping out regional street food from the north-west of China. A far cry from the luminous sweet and sour from your local, food here has a distinctly savoury bent, with bitterness and richness countering the numbness you might be feeling from the Sichuan peppercorns. The star player here is the specialty hand-pulled noodles with chunky beef and special chilli sauce - you'd be mad not to order it; the noodles are fat and chewy and the beef chunky and tender. Be sure to sample some of their other obscure offerings though, just make an effort to avoid anything that you’ve heard of before. Come in a small group and you can eat like a Qing for less than 15 quid.

Telephone020 3441 0191
Hours
Mon
11:30 - 22:00
Tue
11:30 - 22:00
Wed
11:30 - 22:00
Thu
11:30 - 22:00
Fri
11:30 - 22:00
Sat
11:30 - 22:00
Sun
11:30 - 22:00

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