Foreigners like Sichuan cuisine because it is a spicy change from Chinese cuisine in most provinces. Most Chinese food is sort of salty but not red hot or tangy. Sichuan food in restaurants is often both tangy and red hot. Typical “Chinese food” in the west is most often Cantonese cuisine. Cantonese food matches the palate of Westerners because like American food and food in northern Europe the food it is rather bland. Cantonese cuisine is something you might want to eat every day, and there are good quality Cantonese restaurants you can choose from in Xian. Sichuan food is something you might want for a change on regular food, but unless you like lots of spices and a slightly bitter flavor, it isn’t something to eat every day. If you like Thai and Mexican food, then this might be your favorite style. Here is an introduction to 7 Sichuan restaurants in Xian along with directions, prices, specialties, or other relevant information.
There are several branches of this inexpensive Sichuan restaurant in various places in Xian. They specialize in wonton and tofu dishes. There is a branch in Beilin near major attractions like the Bell Tower and the Beilin Museum. It is four kilometers northeast of the Beilin Museum and 6 kilometers northeast of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Another branch is in the Gaoxin district. Since they are less expensive, it is best to call in for a reservation.
This restaurant is fairly inexpensive, but it serves a variety of styles of food and not only Sichuan cuisine. So it is a place to mix and match spicy food with other dishes. It is a large, decorated restaurant. The restaurant is in the Yanta district and close to big attractions. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is 2 kilometers to the west, and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is 2 kilometers to the southwest. The Shaanxi Natural History Museum is 3 kilometers or about 2 miles to the southwest.
This restaurant’s specialty is Sichuan noodles. The price is inexpensive. You can get a small bowl of noodles for 16 RMB or about 2.50 USD and large bowls of noodles for 28 RMB or 4.50 USD. Its highlight is the Tiao Shui Yu cooked at a price of CNY16 per small bowl and CNY28 per big bowl. It has a central location nar big attractions in the city of Xian. The Bell Tower and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda are about 3.3 kilometers or a little more than two miles to the northeast.
This is a big multi-storied restaurant that can seat about 1,000 people, and there is parking on site. It is a little upscale and is geared for formal dinners with friends, and private rooms are reservable. The place is decorated in a traditional Sichuan style. The food has an authentic flavor, and the service is good. Since the flavor is more authentic, it will be spicier than at other Sicuan restaurants in Xian. It has a central location near big attractions. It is 1.5 kilometers or about a mile north of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda.
This restaurant is a place for both Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine. It is in the Beilin district where a lot of attractions are. The Lao Dong branch is about 5 kilometers southwest of the Bell Tower.
The Da Wan Cheng Restaurant is near the Terracotta Warriors and the Huaqing Hot Springs. A lot of other attractions are in the area. It is about 2 kilometers southwest of the Qinling Palace. The specialties are Hunan and Sichuan cuisine. There are lots of kinds of noodle dishes. The restaurant is in the Da Wang Cheng Hotel.
This Sichuan restaurant is adapted for the people in Xian, so the food is less spicy and Westerners might like the taste more. There are several others with the same name in the city. This branch is near big attractions. It is about 1 kilometer east of the Beilin Museum and about 2 kilometers or about 1.2 miles southeast of the Bell Tower.
Typical “Chinese food” in the west is most often Cantonese cuisine because the people who started the restaurants were most often from Guangdong Province. Cantonese food matches the palate of Westerners because like American food and food in northern Europe the food it is rather bland compared to other styles of Chinese food. The Cantonese style of food is the cuisine of Guangdong Province and Hong Kong. This type of food is popular in the rest of China, and you can find Cantonese restaurants in Xian. What people like about the food is that it is colorful, it isn’t all that spicy, and lots of seafood is usually on the menu such as shrimp and seaweed. Guangdong Province is a coastal province, so seafood dishes are popular. Little fresh ingredients are used, but the emphasis is on bringing out the natural flavor of the food by steaming and lightly stir-frying instead of flavoring food with spices. The typical dishes are steamed and stir-fried by using a wok. Cantonese cuisine is something you might want to eat every day. In contrast to Cantonese food, Sichuan food is spicy. Sichuan food is something you might want for a change on regular food, but unless you like lots of spices and a slightly bitter flavor, it isn’t something to eat every day. Here is an introduction to 7 Cantonese restaurants in Xian along with directions, prices, specialties, or other relevant information.
It is near the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The restaurant is famous for its seafood. It is an old restaurant. It is popular with locals and is nicely decorated. It is only about a kilometer or .4 miles north of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
The restaurant is reasonably priced so reservations are needed for dinner time. The restaurant seats about 200 people. It is near the Hanguang Gate of Xian. The restaurant is popular for the Ye Cha (night tea snacks) dishes such as dim sum that are served after 8:30 pm. Entertainment is provided. It has a central location south of the Xian Train Station and is near most of the big attractions in the city of Xian. The Xian Bell Tower and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda are both less than 2 kilometers away.
This is a place to go for seafood and wine and beer. It is an upscale restaurant, and some of the dishes like Shark Fin are expensive. There is a main restaurant at the Gaoxin district and a branch restaurant in the Beilin area where many attractions are.
This is a place to go in central Xian for Cantonese food. It is near the Bell Tower. It is an upscale restaurant in a hotel. It is a big restaurant, and they can accommodate 800 people in various rooms. There is a buffet, and the restaurant features seafood.
This big restaurant is west of the Beilin District where many Xian attractions are. Unlike most of the other Cantonese restaurants on this page, it is not in walking distance to major attractions. It is about 5 kilometers or three miles from the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. There is a big parking lot in front of it, and it is multi-storied.
This is a good quality restaurant. The decoration is entensive.
It is a simple Cantonese restaurant that is centrally located near the Xian Train Station and the Bell Tower and other attractions. So what is lost in decoration is made up in price and convenience.