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“We loved it...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of De Fa Chang Restaurant

De Fa Chang Restaurant
Ranked #502 of 1,653 Restaurants in Xi'an
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Toronto, Canada
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54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“We loved it...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

I disagree with all the negative reviews-maybe because we did NOT order the dumplings. We had a beautiful set menu. I was with a large group of 14 tourists and everything was delicious. Spicy eggplant was our favorite but they also gave us a delicious sweet potato mash that was almost like soup and was so yummy.

Visited June 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Hong Kong, China
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Taste only a little bit above average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

The ground floor was more like a fast food, hence we went up 1 floor to the 1st floor. The 1st floor was clean and much better decorate.

The menu got a great variety of Chinese dumpling (jiao zi) for which the restaurant was famous for. We were a group of 4 and ordered 4 types of dumpling, a whole chicken and a dish of vegetable. If you are not new to Chinese food or dumpling, you will find that the taste of the dumpling or dishes was only average or slightly above average, however the price is much higher than other restaurants in Xi'an, probably pay for better decoration, location and neatly dressed waitress. Also the variety of Chinese dumplings and their presentation may be good experience for people not frequent with Chinese dumplings.

Overall it is good restaurant if you want to experience large variety of Chinese dumplings in a good environment in Xi'an. There are also a series of 4-person tables next to the window where you can enjoy the views of the Bell and Drum Towers, however these tables are often pre-occupied.

Visited May 2013
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

It was recommended by tour guides and the hotel and everything but the food was tasteless, expensive and the dumplings were dry. My family friends went during late March, and they said it was the best dumplings they ever had, I could not fathom why that was the case. This place is a must go when in the off-season were it is quiet but the quality, service and cost is very good. It's not worth it when going between November and January. Definitely worth it otherwise.

Visited January 2013
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Muscat, Oman
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87 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Not up to expectations”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

This restaurant comes highly recommended on the media and is certainly extremely popular judging by its size and how crowded the place was. Perhaps, the location adds to its popularity. The dumplings are OK but nothing to rave about. Each dumpling has a shape depending on the contents, so that you don't get confused. You can expect more than 10 different types of dumplings to be served. It is possible that the sheer volume of business brings down the quality.

It is like an institution and therefore, is worth a visit, but there are other restaurants.

  • Visited September 2012
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“some of the best dumplings we have had in China”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

We have lived in China for 3 years and all of us agree that these were among the best dumplings we have had. We had the banquet and it was really good. The waitress informed us what was in each one and the staff were very helpful.

Visited May 2013
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