Xi’an Kitchen – CLOSED

Xi'an Kitchen 3
We were surprised that the shrimp dumplings came out in a soup! But we liked the soup. It was sort of smoky-vinegary.

Rating: Two thumbs up (Gold star potential)
Date: 9/25/2015
Time in: 1:25 PM
Time out: 2:30 PM
Servers’ recommendations: Fresh three flavor, handmade biang biang noodle
What we ordered: Fresh three flavor, handmade biang biang noodle, shrimp dumplings, two Cokes.

Xi'an Kitchen 1
Biang biang noodles — so tasty, so spicy, so hard to eat elegantly.

 

Xi'an Kitchen 2
The Fresh Three Flavor — the three flavors are eggplant, potato, and bell pepper.  And deliciousness.

Number in our party: 2
Final check amount: $35.61
Price per person: $17.81

NOTES

  • We had a feeling this place would be good when we walked in and saw that:
    • The place was busy at 1:25 PM on a Friday. Everyone was happily eating from giant platters of food.
    • The captions for the photos of menu items on the wall were in Chinese. No numbers or English translations.
    • We looked around, and it seemed we were the only American-born people in the entire restaurant. Jenne was certainly the lone white person.
  • The server was excellent at giving recommendations. He listened carefully to our preferences and was decisive! We hate it when servers walk us through the menu or suggest the most boring item, e.g. “How about the broccoli beef? Or the orange chicken?”
  • I (Miko) am a giant wimp when it comes to spice, and the handmade noodle dish was pretty damn hot. But the noodle was so yummy that I kept eating anyway.

    Xi'an Kitchen 4
    Miko clutching her Coke, the only panacea for spicy food.
  • The seasoning on everything was excellent.
  • The portions were generous. We had a good amount of leftovers, and by making a pot of rice, we had enough food for dinner for three!
  • Two top-notch Convoy Conquest meals in a row! We are falling in love with Convoy once again. Thank you, Kula & Xi’an Kitchen.

RESTAURANT INFORMATION
Address: 4690 Convoy St Ste 109
Phone number: 858.571.2788
Noise level: 3 when it’s busy, 2 when it’s not
Accepts credit cards? Yes, but only 1 — no splitting the check
Parking: Shared lot — not one of the craziest ones
Ideal group size: Any
Available vegetarian options: Tomato and egg noodles with pepper oil, baked bean curd, eggplant dishes (but they might have hidden fish or meat in it).

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