Article By Anthony Cordina
A6-1-10105 Xin Le Hui, Great Tang All Day Mall Southeast Corner of Big Wild Goose Pagoda South Square.
(029) 8983 3943
11:00am – Midnight
Average Price per Person /人均消费: 73RMB
PROS: Good food and drinks; Great atmosphere; Accepts Visa and Mastercard
CONS: Not enough stomach space for their delicious burgers
Aleading contender for Xi’an’s best burger, Westhouse should be on your list for those times when you desperately need to scratch that western food itch.
Johnny, the 29-year-old owner of Westhouse, started this restaurant from scratch soon after returning from his working holiday in New Zealand, from where all Westhouse’s top quality beef originates. Upon his return he spent hours upon hours feverishly perfecting his hamburger recipes so that he might provide burger-loving folks in Xi’an with something to satisfy their cravings. The results of his labour are quite astonishing, and his fun and easy-going nature shines through in his menu which includes a Captain Jack Burger with mango sauce and yoghurt and a Peanut Butter Burger, along with more traditional options like Mexican and cheeseburgers. They also have a very international selection of food, including hotdogs, English breakfast and even Alaskan Cod Fish ‘n Chips!
The restaurant itself is comprised of three floors: the ground floor, which has a bar with a few two-seater tables; the second floor is a more comfortable dining area furnished with tartan couches and a pool table; the third floor is home cinema sort of space for when there are important matches on. The entire restaurant has been renovated from an old café and has kept many of the design elements, with a mishmash of pop culture references from 1950’s America, eastern and western cartoons and antiques littered throughout.
When it comes to drinks Westhouse does not disappoint with two to three types (depending on the season) of locally produced artisanal beers on tap and one from Singapore in addition to a variety of imported bottled beers. They even have their own creative cocktails, which include the Long Island Ice Peak, made with Xian’s own Ice Peak soda, and the Tea Party, a cocktail made with tea.
Something else definitely worth mentioning is Westhouse’s unbeatable specials including a 20-percent-off discount on all beers and cocktails between 17:00 and 20:00 from Friday to Sunday. A perfect hangout spot with so much to offer, Westhouse is ideal for breakfast, lunch or dinner with friends and its location, just a skip and a jump from the Wild Goose Pagoda means there is plenty to see and do besides eat. I will absolutely be frequenting Westhouse in the future and so should you.
Anthony Cordina never breaks the second rule of Fight Club. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org