Barshu

4.2
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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.
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OT
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique and delicious

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DT
London
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

PN
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

PP
London
11 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

PH
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like hot spicy food, this is the place

AW
London
19 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food full is scheswan peppers. Never going back again.

MB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SB
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

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
10 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

amazing food!

TK
London
20 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Food was unappealing expensive and did not generally taste good.

S
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Chinese food in London in my opinion.

H
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic Sichuan food. And the service is fantastic!

ST
London
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

G
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been 4 or 5 times now & the food is always excellent, & so different to chinese restaurants in China town Etc.

S
London
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place. Liked everything - food, service, overall value, etc. Ambience was a bit dark though. Could do with better lighting. Also, toilet area was smelly. Other than those fab experience!

LW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food quality was very good. Service adequate but nit great.

r
London
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazing pungent and flavourful unique food with spicey and peppery flavours

TL
London
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic, authentic cuisine. Absolutely love this place!

k
London
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great place to go for authentic Sichuan cookery. Also great to share lots of dishes and sample as much as possible! I recommend the soft shell crab and many of the vegetable dishes like the green beans.
A good restaurant for couples and also groups.

C
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Early booking means the place was very quite but service was quick, attentive and appreciated.
Food was good - we had beef, scallops and inside out sea bass (yummy). Only downside was the limited choice of wine by the glass.

MM
London
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately their interpretation of hot Szechuan food is to pile on loads of red chillier, so much it’s difficult to find the main ingredient of the dish (the main ingredient is chill) and very expensive for what you get. Not a patch on Szechuan Folk , better food and so much better value.

l
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, room was amazing and was disappointed three people in my group dropped out as the restaurant made a lot of effort creating a lovely environment for us

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really authentic Sichuan cuisine! Loved it

AM
London
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Service was a bit abrupt and had to move table halve way through. Food was good in places, but one dish was so heavily acidic it ruined the experience and tastebuds. Disappointing

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