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“We went back to this restaurant for our one week trip in Xian” 5 of 5 stars
Review of First noodle under the sun

First noodle under the sun
Hanguang Road (South Section), Yanta,, Xi'an, China
029-87286088
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Ranked #11 of 1,596 Restaurants in Xi'an
Cuisines: Noodle
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Description: 029-85398299
Bangkok, Thailand
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“We went back to this restaurant for our one week trip in Xian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

One of the best meal we had in Xian. The noodle is Good. We ordered to dishes with different type of noodle to try and they were good. However, when we ordered other dishes in the menu, we were surprised on the taste, WOW.. Yummy.. Good Taste, Good Quality Food. Our Group is so impressed and decide to go back to try it once again before leaving Xian and not disappoint at all. GREAT.

The price is also reasonable. We consider it was cheap compared to the service, taste and quality of food we got.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Xi'an, China
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112 reviews 112 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
“Getting worse. Amnesiac waitresses and poorer quality”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

I live opposite this place more or less, so I see it all the time, I know how busy it is and how popular with the travel guides, really for reasons best known to themselves. If you're a tourist who is close to the pagoda and really has no choice then this place will do, but I was tempted into a repeat visit lately and was reminded why I don't come here anymore. The waitresses really are more bovine than the norm, they forgot our order twice! Then the beer was warm when they said 'yes they do have cold beer', very frustrating but they opened it first so it was a hassle trying to reject it. Yes you can get all your authentic food here, and if you're a tourist the silly menu is rather amusing, but after a while it becomes irritating not cute. There are far better, more organised and better value places away from the pagoda.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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“Biang, Biang Good Time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

While the Chinese characters are insanely complicated to denote the name of this regional specialty noodle, it's quite easy to say "biang biang mian" when ordering. Or easier yet is just point to the first page of the massive picture menu which features the house 3+ meter long noodle with two sauces and various condiments, like whole raw garlic.

Since we were staying at the nearby Tang Dynasty Art Garden Hotel, we came to this First Noodle branch twice. First time for the noodles; second time for the lamb and sesame pita pockets, and some green veggies. Note: when they serve you a bowl of murky liquid when you sit down, it's actually pasta water for you to drink, not to wash your fingers in.

Both times there were huge portions served in impressively big vessels. Even with a beer or two, dinner for two is around $10! The place bustles with locals and tourists. No English spoken but the above-mentioned picture menu is pretty idiot proof. The place is super atmospheric with huge red lanterns (despite the fluorescent bulbs) and dark rustic tables and chairs.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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High Point, North Carolina
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“The 3m noodle...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

This is a chain, but it has character. The 3m noodle is a must when in Xi'an. This is a great city to visit and many restaurants - especially Arab Street area...

Visited August 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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“The best meal I had in China!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

This amazing restaurant would have been hard to find if our sweet taxi driver didn't walk us there himself. There is not an English name outside. No one that worked at the restaurant speaks English either, so again out sweet taxi driver who also didn't speak English called someone on his cell phone to try to help us. My friend was trying to say no beef or pork and the waiter only wanted to know if we wanted skinny or wide noodles. Exasperated, we finally just pointed at a picture and they brought us the most amazing dish of spinach noodles with what I assume had beef and chicken. It was just the right amount of spicy. The food here is divine and well worth your time to find it. The cost for 2 bowls of delicious noodles was $6. By the way, we only saw locals in this restaurant - no tourists. My review is making me choose a rating for a bar scene but I don't think there was a bar.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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