@psbanerjee, @reuel and I had lunch at this newly opened spot in Cupertino, across the street from the library, that serves food from the Xian province. Xian is the modern day name for Chang’an, and it was the capital during the Tang dynasty. Xianyang, a couple of miles from Xian, was the capital during the Qin dynasty, some 2200 years ago.
We got a server, who when we asked for Xian recommendations, pointed us to a few very specific items on the menu. We asked the server about the fancy pastries that we saw in the Yelp listing. He took a look at the three of us and said that we didn’t look like the type who would enjoy them. Pushed a bit, he said that those were more for the Instagram crowd. I guess we are too old for them
Some of the Instagram-ready pastry dishes that we didn’t have:
Asked about a certain page of the menu, he was straight as an arrow and just told us to skip the entire page. We were not the type to follow the script, however, and ordered whatever the heck that we wanted. He asked us how the meal was as we walked out the door, and then proceeded to tell us with a (pleasant) attitude that we didn’t order the stuff he recommended. The fella definitely let us hear about our transgressions.
Qin-tang meat burger. Pleasant tasting. A bit too ‘clean’. Maybe need more grease and griddling?
Qi-Shan Spicy and Sour noodle soup. Homey, slightly tart, slightly hot. Pleasant noodle texture. Decent.
Qin-tang marinated beef. Pleasant, but needed a bit more salt and spicing. Paired well with the dip.
House-made choujiu with sweet olive, a fermented alcoholic beverage brewed from rice, not pictured, was actually the best item to me in the whole meal. A must get.
Golden pot stickers:
Green beans. The green beans turned out the best among our food dishes, with a great texture I wouldn’t classify as crunchy but kinda crisp.
What’s recommended by the server, you ask? Our Qi-Shan noodle, the biang biang noodle, the pita in lamb soup, the Qin-Tang crispy chicken, Qin-Tang beef in vinegar and some items I forgot. Told us to skip the page from the lower left hand corner.