Barshu

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£26 to £40
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Chinese (Sichuan)

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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.
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RT
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

In a area full of dozens of Chinese restaurants Bar Shu stands out. Well worth a visit for a really good and tasty Chinese.
We have recommended it to friends and no one has been disappointed.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and service. One of the best Chinese meals I’ve had in London

BN
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love Barshu because I really enjoy a place which makes me sweat with the delightful one-two punch of numbing Szechuan pepper and powerful chillies. Service is average, it is expensive, but that kind of goes with the quality and the area...

ZA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Poor service, too salty food

F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food ok but I lived in hk and China so for me food was average and for London taste maybe.

AR
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It might not be the fanciest of places, and not necessarily a place you’d bring someone you’d like to impress (unless it is with your badass skills in picking out great Sichuan food!), but it delivers where it needs to. Service is friendly (if a little shambolic at times), and the food is just perfect if you’re looking for the real Sichuan down-home eating. The mapo tofu is nigh perfect, the vegetables are cooked with real skill, and it brings the numbing heat just like it should. Really enjoyed my meal here.

BW
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

I rarely write reviews but the food here was awful. 'Beef' looked like it had been made from offal. Chicken was tasteless and fatty. Waste of money. Very disappointing. Would never ever return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food and even better service. The staff was so nice and accommodating. I accidentally ordered something that was a bit too spicy. They saw my suffering (sweating) and offered to switch it out. I politely denied (it had four Chili’s on the menu - clearly my fault) and they insisted on taking it off my bill. The food was very flavorful and came out piping hot. Highly recommend the fried rice and dry fried green beans. The stir-fried chicken with peanuts paired perfectly with the rice. FYI, the super hot dish was the Thin Sliced Beef. Very tasty though! Restaurant ambiance was really nice. Good date spot - not too loud. All around great dinner!

JF
London
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

It's probably the best Sichuanese restaurant in London. Atmosphere is fine and even a bit stylish on the ground floor. Reasonably priced. Not cheap but not expensive. The food is fantastic.

OT
Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Bad service, got the check rushed, food was not spicy at all

L
London
27 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Sechuan specialities particularly delicious. Meat ball and spring rolls too - and usually find spring rolls dull. Not here though. Excellent service too

m
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and prompt service. Good value too. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal.

IN
London
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The place is nice and different to the usual buzzing and cramped Chinese restaurants.
Delicious food! Sooo tasty and can be very spicy depending on the dish.
Surprised that I was able to book quite last minute for 6 people on a saturday evening. I came with friends who were visiting for the first time London and they loved it.

JW
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The food was by far not the best Chinese food

SB
Isle of Wight
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Chinese-Szechuan dining I know of, as the waiter lad said, it's addictive. An excellent restaurant.

M
London
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
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 on November 6, 2019
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
19 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
93 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
7 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

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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
14 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
21 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.