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Defachang Restaurant

Anbang Street, Xi'an, China
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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107 reviews 107 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Good points: Wide range of dumplings to try, some were ok and all fresh. You get other dishes too and the special soup to finish the meal. They make the dumplings look like what's inside rabbit for rabbit apple for apple. Staff helpful (we did have a guide with us), toilets were clean Other factors, we had better dumplings (taste... More

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Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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60 reviews 60 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I am residing in China and have visited many dumpling restaurants. This one is worth the money and location is perfect. The dumplings are made into shapes to match their filling: chicken, lotus blossom, duck, leaf (cabbage), etc. The soup was hot and well-seasoned. The vegetables were crisp, not greasy, and nicely flavored. Service was typical. Price was reasonable at... More

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48 reviews 48 reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The staff was rude. When I asked for English menu I was talked back down with attitude "No English menu". I felt unwelcome from the beginning. The dumplings were on average nothing that I would have wanted to eat again, and mind me I love dumplings and ate them all over the world including Japan.

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Yatton, United Kingdom
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126 reviews 126 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We recently went to this restaurant as part of a Viking River Cruises tour of China. Xi'an is suppose to be the dumpling capital of China and Defachang is supposed to be the best dumpling restaurant in Xi'an - the other ones must be dire. It is hard ( and perhaps unfair) to ascribe western tastes to eastern food, but... More

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

First impression it has the charm of a railway station, but we gave it a try. Unfortunately the first impression was right, untidy tables, the chopsticks been in a box on the table, the sauces been in untidy containers. Service and presentation was loveless. Skip this one there are better restaurants in Xi'An.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We read good reviews about this place, so we decided to give it a try. What a huge MISTAKE. We went for the dumpling banquet as recommended, but the dumplings were VERY dry and tasteless. They looked and tasted like they'd been left on the shelf for hours; not freshly cooked whatsoever. There was no tea available either, so we... More

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Hong Kong, China
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

I think that should say it all. However, what was surprising is that people still keep going. The 18 course dumpling banquet was really a disappointment. I just can't believe how badly made the dumplings were, and actually quite disgusting. I live in Hong Kong and have been eating dumplings for 20 years, and I feel I have some idea... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Really not impressed with the whole process. The so called family meal is definitely not a good choice. Most of the dumplings are the kind we do not like. There is no description or choice. It is very pricey compared to other choices. We do not like the sales pitch either.

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Hong Kong, China
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Suggest you pass this restaurant, the quality of food they serve can not even remotely be justified by the price they charge - the Muslim quarter is just around the corner and the foods are a lot better there. If you have to go for whatever reason, suggest you avoid the set banquet menu and order from the a la... More

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San Diego CA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Ate at the downstairs section. Very difficult to understand how to order. They kept directing us upstairs to dumpling buffet but we did not want that. Finally asked another western tourist how they ordered. Order dumplings at the counter and then sidecdishes come by on carts and you pay separately. After eating a lot of Asian dumplings in other cities,... More

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