Barshu

4.3
502 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

Offers

30% discount on food

Oct 23, 2020-Nov 30, 2020·Tue-Thu 12:00PM-10:00PM

Terms and Conditions apply:
Customers must book online to redeem this offer.
Offer applies to Food only.
Excludes drinks and takeaways.
Minimum spend £15 per person to redeem this offer.
We reserve the right to amend the promotion without prior notice and to refuse the admission.

What 502 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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KiwaI
London
18 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food. Pricier than some other Chinese food options but very authentic and worth the premium.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing, the waiter proposed a dish which wasn’t too spicy!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

We were on our own at the top of the building , a function room.
The menu was bizarre and unappealing , fungi, smacked cucumber? And none of it quirky by name yet delicious...every dish was covered In Chillies no matter what it was. So hot, dried chillies... We ordered crispy sea bass which came out a pile of batter with hardly any fish, and that was £35 ! There was eggs and tomatoes in the menu, that was for some reason £15!
I wish we had walked out , but the dining experience during Covid is hard enough so we stuck it out.
We did not pay for the ‘crispy sea bass ‘
The spring roles had gelatinous meat inside which was unpleasant .
The whole menu super over priced and pretty floppy and poor quality. Very disappointed in the whole experience, this was for my birthday and I was pretty embarrassed, they should seriously revisit the menu and the prices as that is pretty much theft what they charged
I won’t be returning

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12345678
London
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Food ok, but felt lacklustre for a place with this reputation.
Absolutely terrible service.

CW
ChineseWomenInUK
London
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Maocai is a must to order if you like spicy. :p classy decoration and friendly service. Highly recommended!

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Ally
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic Szechuan food. One of the best Chinese restaurants in London, no doubt. Will definitely be back!

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NishK
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall1food4service3ambience3

Food was good but incredibly overpriced and the poor upkeep (lack of ambience) of the restaurant certainly didn't help compensate in any way. Cheap venue, over-priced food, mediocre service. Not planning to return.

JR
JohnR
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and a nice relaxed experience. Hopefully we will be back soon

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steakmonster
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always. So nice to be back in a restaurant too! <3

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janet
London
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

it is expensive and the quality of the food is bad. We have to return one vegetable dish because it is impossible to chew.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was good. Thanks

DC
DeeCee
London
37 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food at generally reasonable prices with decent sized portions. One of their signature dishes is a Sichuan spicy fish in oil dish which comes in a huge bowl to share and is really delicious. Tables (all indoors) mostly spaced out due to Covid.

CG
ClaireG
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice recommendation from the water :
Dumplings and noodles with meat was excellent. Next time we try the typical sichuan fish !

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SV18
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was impeccable, and the service wonderful. This hidden gem is worth a visit!

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vipJoseph
Hong Kong
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

generally very good but could use less MSG!

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parklife
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Great food, not as hot as it looks, atmosphere bit basic but staff lovely

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Jonyn
London
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sichuan in London. Hope they bring back the smashed aubergine soon, as that was my favorite dish

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GordonS
London
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall1food4service4ambience3

Nothing wrong with the food, the atmosphere or the service. We had 4 dishes and a beer , the bill was 92 pounds. Could have eaten at claridges

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Pinky
London
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. A treat and we can highly recommend it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and authentic food.

LM
LauraM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

- Menu was restricted - they said this was because of the Eat Out to Help Out. But that doesn't seem like a good reason. So most of the dishes we had come for were not on offer, even tho we asked.
- Food would have been seriously overpriced, if we had paid full menu price. One very uninteresting prawn dish, would have normally been £24.
- Ive eaten at numerous Szechuan places in London (My Old Place, Szechuan Fold, Szechuan Gourmet, Baozi Inn and more). All tasted better - more complex interesting flavours and half the price.
The food missed the Szechuan spiicng and flavours im used to. - Very little chili - maybe they dumbed down because of the EOHO deal? We had two "Fish Fragrant" dishes. totally lacked chili and so just tasted sweet.
- Terrible service. We waited an hour for the main dish, which came 20 minutes after we had finished rest of meal. No apologies made

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food

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marcush
London
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, accompanied by excellent service and some wonderful food recommendations. Would 10000% smash again

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Benaisha
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really excellent food - totally different flavour to regular chinatown places. Could have been spicier - felt like they had toned down the Sichuan chillies in favour of the peppercorns.

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ZXCV
Oxford
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent food. Service was a bit slow but otherwise very happy with the restaurant.

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Neville
London
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from friendly staff. The food is outstanding one of my favourite restaurants in London

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TrickyDicky
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food and good service. Its covid time so there were not many people there - good for feeling safe but perhaps a bit quiet as a result. Best Szechuan I know of, even if it is a shorter menu at the moment.

JP
JackP
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most authentic Sichuan food in London. I would recommend this to anyone who isn't afraid of spicy Sichuan cuisine!

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John
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Good food but the portion could be bigger considering the price

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vipjoed
London
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and service. I will be back soon. thx

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Kirsty
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I found my experience at Barshu to be quite underwhelming. The hostess was very confused about our booking, initial impression of the restaurant layout was good - nice lighting and background music and an intimate upstairs. The food itself was disappointing my chicken dish arrived quite cold and my rice accompaniment a good 10 minutes afterwards. The waitresses were borderline rude when I asked where it was - definitely wont be going back anytime soon - wish I had walked around the corner to main street china town instead.

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AndrewC
London
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A great experience and an important alternative to PRD chinese food. Highly enjoyable, just watch out for the thousands of chillis!

Staff showed genuine interest in serving you and helpful with advice on choices.

GF
GereeceF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good quality of food and flavours highly recommended

JW
JackW
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Don't miss the pounded aubergines and ma po tofu.... All the dishes we've tried have been wonderful but these two are knockout. They mix a great martini here too. Go!

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Rory
London
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and very personable service! I'll be back :)

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AlexG
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Traditional Chinese Szechuan flavoured food. Chopsticks are well made black plastic, the decoration inside the restaurant was very very lovely and atmospheric. The staff were very smiley and hospitable, one lady took a photo for my girlfriend and I. The food was very nice, lots of flavours in the food. We had chicken with roasted peanuts in a sauce and Szechuan style sauce chicken with two types of rice.
A rice bowl and small plate are given along with the chopsticks and napkin. They serve a nice selection of alcohol.
I wouldn’t recommend for people with allergies, and the menu has a lot of sea food and traditional Chinese foods. I recommend for a Chinese fine dining experience.

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BethA
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this restaurant. The food is delicious, and Barshu offers a great range of dishes so everyone will find something to enjoy or something new to try. The staff are all very friendly and attentive, my friends and I were well waited on throughout our evening by the restaurant's team. The restaurant itself is clean and well decorated - not a huge space, but it doesn't need to be. I highly recommend this restaurant for anyone who wants to try Sichuanese cuisine.

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SIlque
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This was my first visit. I went there because of the great reviews online. The food was not spectacular and in fact there are several cheaper restaurants across Shaftesbury Avenue that serve more authentic and tasty Sicuan fare. The signature lobster and seafood platter (£70) was really disappointing. The lobster was obviously frozen and skinny! The kung pao chicken was insipid at best.. I would score none of the dishes above 7 out of 10.

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PaulCNX
London
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice ambience, pleasant polite and friendly staff, excellent food, huge portions, good degree of spicyness and reasonable price.

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vipiomio1902
Hamburg Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An most outstanding restaurant in London serving the most authentic Szichuan Cuisine! A MUST

FAQs

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

Barshu is rated 4.3 stars by 502 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.