06 December 2015

Xian Dining -- Local Restaurants of Shannan & Shanbei Food

 Mei Hua Shi Fu (Mei Hua Restaurant)
Chinese name: 美华食府
This restaurant is one of the best places to have the authentic and tasty Shannan (south Shaanxi) food with comfortable service. At the same, most of locals prefer to hold their wedding or entertain friends in the restaurant.
Recommendation: Cold Rice Noodle, Vegetable Tofu Deluxe, Qingcai Bo (vegetable soup)
Average cost: CNY50 per person
Location: 1F of Yu Yuan Mansion, No.65, Nan Er Huan Xi Duan, Beilin District, Xian
Bus routes: Nos.24, 32, 46, 216, 218, 308, 313, 411, U-7, Er Huan 1 Hao (get off at Hanguang Lu)

 Zhu Huan Shi Fu (Crested Ibis Restaurant)
Chinese name: 朱鹮食府
A reasonable restaurant supplies tasty Shannan food and some other kinds of cuisines, too. It is also a good place both for having a banquet and for a homely meal.
Recommendation: Cold Rice Noodle, Salad Shrimp
Location: No.1, Keji Lu, Gaoxin District, Xian City
Bus routes: 14, 34, 210, 218, 219, 220, 322, 400 (get off at Gaoxin Lu)
 Xiang Shu Yuan (Fragrant Nutmeg Garden)
Chinese name: 香菽园
Focusing on Shannan (south Shaanxi) cuisine, this little restaurant services a number of delicious dishes made of tofu.
Recommendation: Tofu, Rice, Bean Milk
Average cost: CNY30 per person
Location: No.133, Laodong Nan Lu, Beilin District, Xian City
Bus routes: Nos.10, 24, 29, 40, 106, 206, 402, 512, 700, 707, 916, Education Special Line (get off at Xi Gong Da)
 Han Shui Ren Jia Tu Cai Guan (Family Dishes From the Han River)
Chinese name: 汉水人家土菜馆
Most of the materials used here are from south Shaanxi Province, showing an attractive local flavor.
Recommendation: Smoked Chicken, Boiled Sliced Duck with Ginger
Average cost: CNY60 per person
Location: No.101, Jianguo Lu, Beilin District, Xian City
 Wu Wei Ju (The Five Flavors Restaurant)
Chinese name: 五味居
This small but gentle restaurant cooks a series of unique Shannan dishes full of homely flavor.
Recommendation: Cold Rice Noodle, Vegetable Tofu Deluxe
Location: Wu Wei Shi Zi, Beilin District, Xian City
Bus routes: Nos.23, 31, 32, 218, 251, You8 (get off at Wu Wei Shi Zi)
 Shannan Ren Jia (Family from South Shaanxi)
Chinese name: 陕南人家
This small restaurant is favored by some wage earners around both for its delicious flavor and for its reasonable price.
Recommendation: Tofu, Huicai (stew)
Average cost: CNY20 per person
Gaoxin Location: Gaoxin District, Xian City
Bus routes: Nos.28, 29, 35, 206, 207, 211, 212, 217, 312, 411 (get off at Gaoxin Yi Zhong)
Jianshe Lu Location: No.71, Jianshe Lu, Yanta District, Xian City
Bus routes: Nos.118, 214, 309, 501, 710 (get off at Jianshe Lu)

 Wen Hao Za Liang Shi Fu (Wenhao Coarse Cereals Restaurant)
Chinese name: 文豪杂粮食府
This is a typical Shanbei restaurant serving various kinds of village food from north Shaanxi Province.
Recommendation: Buckwheat Noodle, Yangyu Caca (steam and stir-fried potato slice)
Average cost: CNY60
Taoyuan Nanlu Location: No.38, Taoyuan Nan Lu, Lianhu District, Xian City
Bus routes: Nos.2, 4, 15, 28, 106, 210, 211, 220, 251, 800 (get off at Jinyuan Xiaoqu)Nanerhuan Location: No.68, Nan Er Huan Zhong Duan, Yanta District, Xian City
 Lan Hua Hua Shi Fu (Orchid Restaurant)
Chinese name: 兰花花食府
Another restaurant from north Shaanxi is good at cooking beef and mutton as well as the homely meals.
Recommendation: Braised Mutton, Yangyu Caca (steam and stir-fried potato slice), Ganquan Tofu
Average cost: CNY40 per person
Location: No.76, Jinhua Nan Lu, Xincheng District, Xian City
 Qiao Mai Yuan Shan Bei Feng Wei Guan (Buckwheat Restaurant from North Shaanxi)
Chinese name: 荞麦园陕北风味馆
It is not a very large restaurant but cooks authentic Shanbei food at reasonable price. It is said that its boss and waiters are all from north Shaanxi. Here, you also can enjoy the Shanbei folk songs when dining
Recommendation: Zha You Gou (fried rice cake), Ganquan Tofu, Braised Mutton, Rice Wine
Average cost: CNY30 per person
Location: No.58, Hanguang Lu, Yanta District, Xian City
Bus routes: Nos.706, 710 (get off at Er Fu Zhuang)
 Jin Yan'an (Golden Yan'an)
Chinese name: 金延安
A various kinds of Shanbei (north Shaanxi) cuisine are available here.
Recommendation: dishes made of tofu and potato
Average cost: CNY40 per person
Location: No.107, Xianning Lu, Beilin District, Xian City
Bus routes: 44, 228, 716, You9, Er Huan 2 Hao (get off at Jinhua Nan Lu)
 Yi Kou Xiang Shi Fu (One Bite Restaurant)
Chinese name: 一口香食府
The homely Shanbei food can be found here at a reasonable price. It is highly recommended to have a small bowl of noodles.
Recommendation: Fufeng Noodle, Guokui (large round baked wheat cake), Dongrou (frozen meat), Hot and Sour Bamboo Shoot
Average cost: CNY35 per person
Location: No.19, Jinhua Nan Lu, Dong Er Huan, Beilin District, Xian City
Bus routes: Nos.8, 27, 37, 43, 48, 300, 716, You9, Er Huan 2 Hao, Education Special Line (get off at Huzhulu Li Jiao)
 Shan Bei Ren Jia (Family of North Shaanxi)
Chinese name: 陕北人家
This restaurant is preferred by a number of locals who are fond of the Shanbei cuisine.
Average cost: CNY20 per person
Location: No.43, You Yi Dong Lu, Beilim District, Xian City
Bus routes: Nos.22, 33, 45, 302, Education Special Line (get off at Dong Nan Cheng Jiao)