This is something of an 'institution' in Xian and is popular with locals and tourists alike. Very close to the Bell and Drum tower, go for a wander in the surrounding area after your meal to walk off the calories!
Dumplings are a specialty of the Xian area and the second floor of the de fa Chang is the place for a quick introduction to a whole range of them!
The place does serve other food but certainly amongst 'round eyes' is known for dumplings.
It is a bit tired looking and 'well used' but don't let that dissuade you. What is a bit more off-putting is to be channeled into a side area with a lot of package tour groups which undermines the 'exoticness' if that's what your after - on the other hand if you are a novice and wary of food too far out there it is a safe place to start - a bit like cask wine!
Basically you can go for a fixed price menu which has a few cold starters about eight different types of dumplings plus a few sweet ones and some fruit for Y128. Service is of the quick industrial sort and they can tend to rush you through things at warp speed.
The cold dishes were the heroes in my opinion but the dumplings were all reasonable to good - don't let them go cold. A couple like the duck and vegetable are little works of art. Make sure you ask for the sweet walnut shaped ones which are tasty and not often seen elsewhere.
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