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Bronze Award

Six impressive lithographs of the famous ‘terracotta warriors of Xian’ look down from the walls of this “outstanding” local Chinese – a slightly cramped but atmospheric modern room with banquette seating, bamboo matting on the walls and a brigade of smart, smiling staff. Expect “great service and lovely food” from a diverse menu that aims to please allcomers with its well-rendered, flavoursome dishes. All the usual generic suspects are here in the shape of sesame prawn toasts, hot-and-sour soup, beef with black bean sauce and quick-fried squid with chilli, but also look for the line-up of sizzling platters, spicy lamb cutlets with black peppercorns and ‘five willow’ fish (deep-fried fillets in a sweet-and-sour pickled dressing). Various noodle, rice and vegetables riffs also make an appearance, while desserts are of the toffee apple/red bean cake variety. Regulars, it seems, are “never disappointed”. 

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££££ - Under £30
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Location for Xi'an

324 High Street, Orpington, Kent, BR6 0NG

01689 871881

Opening Times

Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6-11pm Sun 12N-3pm 6-10pm

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3 Reviews 

Marian D

08 April 2019  
Basic place with interesting regional food. Was persuaded with difficulty to try cold noodles - to my amazement, delicious.

Kevin S

15 June 2017  
XIAN shines like a gastronomic beacon in vast sea of mediocrity in S E London. This is the finest Chinese / Szechuan food you'll find anywhere. I cannot say enough about this excellent restaurant; i've been eating there for nearly thirty years and the standard is as high today as it was in the early nineties. Excellent food, great service, reasonably priced, a lovely dining experience.

Hemu V

11 March 2012  
We have been eating at Xian for several years and so far have never been disappointed…our only disappointment has been when we are unable to reserve a table
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