Xi'an Impression


| North London

This Holloway restaurant (it's just across the road from the Emirates stadium) has won a deserved reputation for cooking up some of the best Shang Xi-inspired street food in London. Yes, that means there's a bit of heat involved here, but their hand-pulled noodles are among the best in town. Their pork/beef "burgers" are not to be missed.

Restaurant details

117 Benwell Rd, London N7 7BW
Nearest tube: 
  • Holloway Road
Telephone number: 020 3441 0191


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117 Benwell Rd, London N7 7BW


Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 10
Tom Parker Bowles Evening Standard
Reviewed on October 17, 2015
"Gloriously simple yet fundamentally satisfying, there are soft whiffs of garlic, small shards of onions and angry dashes of ground dried chilli. I could eat this dish every day and still want more." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6.5
Marina O'Loughlin Guardian
Reviewed on August 14, 2015
"There’s julienned cucumber and what I think is tofu, but turns out to be mian jin, the gluten, steamed into little sponges that slurp up a dressing made from scarlet chilli oil and black vinegar in a miraculous way. The textural contrast between the two doughs, both made from the same base, is extraordinary." READ REVIEW