Xi’an Impression is a small restaurant up near Emirates Stadium that serves the authentic Chinese eats that you’ve long suspected may exist since you arrived 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 going to be what one might call “your jam.”
We’ve eaten our fair share of xi’an food, and Xi’An Impression is most certainly our jam. It’s among the best of this cuisine we 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. Bring some cash (they don’t accept credit cards) and 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.