Xi’an Impression is a small restaurant up near Emirates Stadium that serves the kind of Chinese food that you’ve long suspected may exist in London, but could never pin down. The food comes from Xi’an in Northern China, and if you’re familiar with and fond of that cuisine, this place is what's been missing from your life.
We’ve eaten our fair share of xi’an food, and Xi’an Impression is most certainly our jam. It’s among the best we’ve had in London, or anywhere for that matter. The hand-pulled noodles are incredible, the ginger chicken will make you reconsider your relationship with poultry, and the beef and lamb buns are a little bit greasy and a lot delicious.
The restaurant itself is made up of all of about twelve seats, and while the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, come knowing that this place is all about the food. Prepare to eat a lot, sweat a little, and be as happy as one can while consuming food. The prices are reasonable, so you can definitely justify the Uber to Highbury (and back), and it’s absolutely worth the effort of getting here. Even if you have to fight a group of Arsenal fans to do so.
These aren’t really served cold - more room temperature. They’re very tasty and a great way to start a meal here.
Get these for your table to share. If they last more than a couple of minutes, we’ll be impressed at your level of self-control.
This looks like it has the potential to be kind of greasy, but you’ll be drinking that chilli-ginger sauce from the bowl by the time you finish. The chicken’s ridiculously tender, and you won’t be able to stop eating it.
You’ll go to sleep dreaming about these after you eat the ones at Xi’an Impression. They’re light but delicious and incredibly satisfying.
Anything with ‘special sauce’ in the description gets our vote, and this bun - a Chinese street food classic - is properly good. You’ll eat it and get chilli all over yourself, but it’s totally worth the stares.