Xi’an Food Bar Rosedale Branch
Rosedale Road’s new retail development has heaps of Chinese herbal medicine shops and delicious restaurants including a new branch of Xi’an Food Bar!
The development is near the Tai Ping Trading Co. Ltd. and has an array of hidden restaurants that all look and smell fantastic. The car park is packed with big groups of friends and families.
We were having a tough time deciding where to eat until my partner Stefan saw Xi’an Food Bar and sprinted to it. He is in love with their hand-pulled noodles and couldn’t believe it was now down the road from our house.
The restaurant doesn’t look impressive from the outside and isn’t once you are inside, but the large tables with floral tablecloths have an endearing homely feel.
If you have never been to a Xi’an Food Bar before, check out the menu through the iPads on the table. They have photos of each dish and tell you how many have been ordered, giving you a good idea of what’s popular.
Stefan got his favourite dish, the small hand-pulled noodles with Xi’an style braised pork ($11). We also ordered the spicy cumin lamb burger ($5), small stretched noodles with beef and veg ($11.50) and small seaweed salad with sauce ($7.50). When you go to any Xi’an Food Bar, you have to be hungry or else you will never be able to finish the small noodle bowls let alone the large ones.
The hand-pulled noodles were as good as any other branch we have been to. Sadly, they were out of the stretched noodles, so we had the hand-pulled noodles with the beef and veg. I was pleasantly surprised by the garlicky tomato gravy, not spicy at all! The beef was a bit chewy but the dish had a deep flavour. The spicy cumin lamb burger was a hit and the seaweed salad was refreshing but heavy with their oily spicy sauce.
The Rosedale branch keeps the good name of Xi’an Food Bar alive and well! This is the perfect place for a quick eat, or takeaway on the Shore. Stefan has already told me that he wants this to become our Friday night takeaways.