Xi’an Noodles, the popular Chinese restaurant in the University District, has opened a new restaurant in downtown Seattle’s Westlake Center. The restaurant is known for its hand-pulled noodles, or biang biang, and its large portions at modest prices. The new Xi’an Noodles sits in the mall’s revamped food court, on the second floor.
The new location serves the restaurant’s fantastic hand-ripped noodles, with the addition of ingredients like spicy cumin lamb, spicy tingly beef, stewed pork, and vegetables. The wide, chewy biang biang noodles are named for the sound made as a chef slaps and stretches the dough against the counter. The restaurant’s all-around well-done food has earned it a spot on Eater Seattle’s list of the city’s best Chinese restaurants.
Xi’an Noodles owner Lily Wu has developed a huge following since she opened her first restaurant in the U District in May 2016. Now, she’s well poised to capture an even larger crowd with the addition of a downtown location.