Barshu

4.1
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
441 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£26 to £40
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
What 441 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
3.9
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
79% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
M
London
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Great service, food. Atmosphere lacked a little as we sat upstairs with only one other set of diners and no background noise!

GM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We have been at Barshu's several times on our visits to London.
This time however we here disappointed: although this is a spicy quisine we found the taste without much character.

G
Bath
11 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great, spicy szechuan food with slight;y unconventional service

A
London
18 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit here after a recommendation from a colleague for a date and I couldn't fault it. The food was excellent and the helpful service with the menu from our female waitress was even better. I'm looking forward to going back to Barshu very soon. Thanks,

A
London
17 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Dreadful food

MH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I come here every time I go to London. Those pepper and vinegar potato slivers! Plenty of veggie options, too.

SL
London
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Disappointed restaurant - the food is B A D !!! oily , too hot (spicy) - not tasty !!!

DB
London
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As usual outstanding authentic food - prepare to have your taste buds go on a roller coaster ride of delight.

E
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was not as spicy as I thought it would be but still delicious.

PA
London
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is a very superior Chinese restaurant specialising in food from Szechuan province. Excellent dishes, really tasty. Maybe next time I will try something spicier!

VF
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I remember Barshu as a good Chinese restaurant worth a visit years back. It is no longer worth a visit for good Chinese food. I have eaten Chinese and Asian food around the world for many years. At Barchu for instance, the meat in the gong bao Chicken had no taste other than the light source put on it. The other dishes has the same problem with the meat.

OT
Los Angeles
89 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice restaurant in Chinatown./Soho. Grabbed a bite pre-theater and wait staff was very accommodating. Good food, generous portions, good cocktails. A bit more upscale than the many restaurants around.

TG
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and spicy food including classics like mapo tofu. Especially love the dan dan noodles.

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and delicious

Report
DT
London
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great restaurant, been going for years and will continue in the future.
Definitely recommend it if you like spicy Chinese as close to as authentic as it can be being out of China.

A
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I ordered Dan Dan Mian to see how it would be in one of the higher rated Sichuan restaurants in the city.

The food was edible, though nothing like the dandanmian I've made myself, or eaten in other restaurants. Very little 花椒 / sichuan peppercorn could be felt in the dish. No 榨菜 could be seen, nor tasted. Nor was a replacement vegetable used.

Service was prompt, but far from nice.

The presentation of the food was below average and looked extremely "thrown together". On finding this out I elected to make this my only dish to be purchased during my visit. This made the staff even more grumpy.

I'll stick to Lins Restaurant & Bar in Southwalk. It's great every time.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great Szechuan cooking. Spicy and tasty, eating with a 13 and 10 year old. Staff really helpful and provided some good tips on what to watch out for! Really enjoyable experience.

MS
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Will definitely come back for another perfect meal soon.

PN
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time trying it and is our new go-to Szechuan restaurant.

PP
London
13 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This is one my favourite restaurants for Sichuan Chinese food in London! The food never disappoints and is always very authentic! Would recommend to anyone who loves proper Chinese!

SC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The sweet & sour sea bass was terrific! Fast service, no frills. Big portions, decent casual style food quality, A little too pricey for the quality of the food.

OT
London
14 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fragrant food and nice staff! We will come back for more.

PH
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like hot spicy food, this is the place

AW
London
20 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our first time at Bar Shu but we’ve often wanted to go. It’s quite small but in a good location with a very good menu. It helps that there’s photos of most dishes, particularly if you’re not familiar with the cuisine. Three dishes and rice was enough for us because the portions are quite big. All we had were really nice with just the right a amount of heat and spice. The house wine by the glass was just about OK. Service was fine and it’s not expensive for Soho. We’d go back.

J
London
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food full is scheswan peppers. Never going back again.

MB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sichuan in London no question! A truly great restaurant. Memorable every time.

SB
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Oddly happened to catch a Gok Wan programme on the Food Network about London Chinese restaurants, said that Bar Shu was co-founded by the excellent Fuchsia Dunlop, so booked a table and absolutely loved it. Hard to imagine the food being bettered. Only slight minus was very rackety acoustics, but would not hesitate to recommend.

SP
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My first experience of Sichuan, the staff were friendly and helpful I went for the dumplings, the hot and numbing pork and the pork marked old woman’s bean curd all excellent.
When I go again I’d go with a large group so we can try a wider variety the seafood looked great

RM
London
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience2

Came here as it has great reviews- perhaps it is very authentic schezuan

We had a soup and then the fish with chilli - both portions were ENORMOUS which is great but not so great for 2

The fish was literally swimming about in oil. Very tasty and moist but not at all healthy- perhaps some help or advice when ordering might have helped us from wasting so much food

It was very expensive for what it was

AS
London
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

amazing food!

TK
London
20 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I think their quality of food has dropped significantly from past years.

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Food was unappealing expensive and did not generally taste good.

S
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!!! Perfect spot before a show to indulge in spicy yummy noodles, dumplings ...etc. highly recommend this place.

L
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

No complexity of flavour in dishes. Just masses of dried chillies and Chinese pepper on every dish. No variation and not enjoyable.

EC
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great Sichuanese. Good vibe and choice of dishes. Service quite slapdash but didn’t take away from experience.

ST
London
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Chinese food in London in my opinion.

H
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I have eaten Sichuan food before and love the hottest and spiciest dishes, but this cannot be right. I asked for advice to choose three of the most typical smaller dishes. The rice was ok. The beef was small lukewarm overcooked pieces. But the chicken dish was inedible on several counts. First, the huge quantity of *salt*. To ingest so much salt in one dish is unbearable and dangerous to health. Second, the dish was swimming in *oil*. Third, the spices totally dominated any taste of chicken. I use Sichuan peppers and those large dried chillies myself in home cooking. But the point about spices is that they must be *cooked* to blend with the dish and add flavour to it - not added dry at the last moment. This restaurant surely should not be marked 4 for food in Harden's. (copied from my TripAdvisor report)

L
London
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic Sichuan food. And the service is fantastic!

ST
London
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food. A bit on the pricey side though. Would go again.