Barshu

4.6
561 Reviews
£26 to £40
Chinese (Sichuan)
The food of Sichuan province in southwest China is one of the world's great cuisines. Its most famous characteristic is its fiery spiciness, which comes from the liberal use of chillies and lip-tingling Sichuan pepper. But hot and spicy is only part of the story. Sichuanese chefs are legendary for their ability to combine many different tastes into exquisite complex flavors. Some of these are robustly spicy, while others are delicate and teasing. And the use of chilies is so inventive that their taste never palls.

At Barshu we want to bring you the best of the authentic flavours of Sichuan. So look out, among others, for the seductive 'fish-fragrant'combination of pickled chilies, ginger, garlic and spring onion, the addictive fieriness of 'numbing-and-hot' flavored dishes, and the refreshing tones of a 'ginger-juice' sauce.

We hope you enjoy your food.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 561 people are saying
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Greece
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

slow service, had to wait some time w/ food but no drinks.

KU
KarlU
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

All the food was outstanding , chicken dumplins and chicken peanut meal where perfect

JM
JMBuk
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every moment of the lunch

Good food great service

DB
DrBen
London
23 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - soo spicy I could see through time!!

TH
THEHEL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Barshu was delicious, and a great choice for dinner for our group of 6.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal in every way

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AnnieF
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food I have ever had. Reasonable prices for London, especially considering the outstanding service, food and location. Everything was exquisite, if I could give it ten stars I would!!

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Charterhouse
London
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A First Class example of Szechuan style cooking with a superb menu.All the very best dishes of this regional style - chilli cooking at its best.
The ambience is great and authentic with excellent service. Many Chinese people eating there, always reassuring.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Food

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vipGramma
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We were kind of stuck in a back room: little ambiance but refreshing peace on a busy Friday night. We successfully skirted flaming hot dishes and had tasty food. The aubergine and green bean combo was especially tasty.

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the cloud fungus. Chilli beef was excellent as was the chicken. We weren’t super adventurous but it was all delicious chilli hot with oils, vinegar and Sichuan pepper

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Jack
London
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Food.
Good service

EH
vipEricH
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, efficient service.

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Kennington
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent and very tasty and enjoyed by us all. Service a bit brusk and tables very close together.

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ValB
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

First experience of this region's food and we were guided in choice by pre-reading, warning of spicy/salty food. I opted for tofu and pork accompanied by farmhouse rice - latter was a good offal based tasted. Too much for me to eat (female) and rather too much salt/spice, so only managed half of both dishes. Partner had chicken and pork with noodles which he enjoyed. Wine reasonably priced for central London restaurant.

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curiousfrog
London
28 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nicely prepared food, but for 2 pax hard to experience fully. Chinese food is almost all the time better shared with friends as you can try much more dishes.

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mek227
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Decent Chinese food. Expensive in my opinion

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BabetteLondon
London
13 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was just sensational. Cafe style, with charming attentive service and outstanding food. Be warned. Large portions. We had a terrific evening.

JB
JakubB
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Sichuan in town. Always high quality food and warm service.

LM
LizM
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant before lockdown, and just as good on my first visit after lockdown! Food, service and ambience all fabulous - will definitely go again, and bring more friends and family. Those we have taken have all gone back for more!

KJ
KerriJ
London
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always, got to take my family this time and they loved it too.

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gazou
London
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Barshu used to be one of the best Chinese but the quality wasn't quite up to the price this time. Food fine but not fantastic which it should be for the price

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Lagardy
London
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and very tasty food in a simple but elegant ambiance. Very good service!

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OliverS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best Chinese food I've ever had. Incredible flavours, would thoroughly recommend

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ASHLEY
London
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Tasty food and very good service. Staff were friendly and helpful. Not too expensive either!

EL
EmmaL
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service! Smacked cucumbers are a must order as well as the steamed fish

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vipSimai
London
11 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family’s favourite and go-to spicy food restaurant. Delicious and authentic food!

RC
RitikaC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible food! Just amazing

HR
HeRui
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, authentic Sichuan cuisine, cold beers, polite service. All makes for a good evening out with friends.

KK
KjellK
London
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was superb; just what we wanted!! Service was friendly and efficient. Will definitely recommend this place to friends who like this type of excellent food

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peterm
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything wonderful, service food, wine. Fabulous sichuan flavours

DB
DavidB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Best chinese food I've had in London.

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Roger
London
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable great atmosphere authentic cooking very expensive … but would go again

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, best Chinese food in London!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent

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Fowler
London
21 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

A very noisy restaurant, in spite of the fine cuisine.
There were a small number of Chinese wines on the list, but there was no information on the list about region or grape varieties, and the staff had no idea either, so we stuck with wines we were familiar with. Perhaps Barshu could make more of an effort to promote Chinese wines!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was so kind and I felt that she wanted everything to be perfect for us. The button on the table to get the bill is very convenient.

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HamishH
London
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Service ok but food was very average. Servings very large though. Kung pao chicken ok but other dishes weren’t.

RB
RuBu
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place and I’m so happy to be able to return to it. It was my dads first trip to London for over a year and this was top of his list of places to go. It didn’t disappoint

JA
JohnnyA
London
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice environment, very friendly staff, and truly excellent food. It isn't cheap but it's worth it.

FAQs

Barshu does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Supper London. Barshu also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7287 8822.

Barshu is rated 4.6 stars by 561 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.