hand-pulled noodles with tomato and egg and a load of starters at Xi'an Impression

hand-pulled noodles with tomato and egg and a load of starters at Xi'an Impression


This is a really small - we're talking about six tables - and relatively new, regional Chinese restaurant, directly opposite the main entrance of the Emirates Stadium - sorry Spurs fans.

It's received high acclaim during its short time on London's dining scene, thanks to coverage from Chinese cuisine expert and food writer Fuschia Dunlop, and a review in The Guardian.

These guys serve Xi'an local street food that you'd find in Xi'an City in Shan Xi province in China, the same place the world-famous Terracotta Warriors call home.

Typical dishes are the very tasty Xi'an burgers with pork or beef (£4.50 each), and number 14 on the menu, the cold noodles with sesame, which is excellent and £6.20. Definitely get a plate of this to share.

Then there's the page of hand-pulled noodles, each bowl holding a volume that would test the average gut alone. All of them, apart from one, were £8 or under when I visited.

the Xi'an burger with pork

the Xi'an burger with pork

The friends I ate with have worked their way through the full list of eight or so noodle options, and tell me on sound authority that they're all really very good. So just go with whatever takes your fancy. Pictured is number 30 on the menu - a massive bowl of noodles in a tomato broth with egg. Awesome.

This is a place to come with a couple of others, order some dishes to share, and end up leaving having spent not very much at all. Point to note, very unusually, the prices on the website are slightly more than they are in the restaurant at the time of writing. Discrepancies are usually always the other way round, but hey ho.

Also, they take reservations despite their modest handful of tables (rejoice), but if you're alone or a pair, expect to share with others. It's currently BYO and cash only.

Words and photography | Leyla Kazim


117 Benwell Road N7 7BW

Opening hours
Mon - Sun | 11.30am - 10pm

Website | xianimpression.co.uk
Twitter | @xianimpression

Tel | +44 (0)203 441 0191

Last updated | 25th March 2016