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Barshu

4.2
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488 reviews
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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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks

Offers

Dine Local: Drinks promotion: Buy one, get second one at half price

Sep 1-30, 2020·Fri-Sat 12:00-23:00

Includes: Selected beers, wines by the glass, wines by the bottle, selected cocktails

Dine Local: 50% Discount (Up to £10 OFF* per person)

Sep 1-30, 2020·Tue-Thu 12:00-22:00

We have now extended the “Eat out to help out” scheme, giving our customers up to 50% discount every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday until the end of September 2020. Excludes alcoholic drinks and takeaways.

What 488 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.2
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vipJoseph
Hong Kong
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

generally very good but could use less MSG!

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parklife
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 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 8 September 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 6 September 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 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and authentic food.

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LauraM
1 review
Dined on 31 August 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
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food

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marcush
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Benaisha
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 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 25 August 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 24 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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TrickyDicky
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 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.

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JackP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 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 14 August 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Good food but the portion could be bigger considering the price

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joed
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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Kirsty
1 review
Dined on 22 February 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 21 February 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.

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GereeceF
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good quality of food and flavours highly recommended

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JackW
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 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
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AlexG
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 8 February 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 7 February 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
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 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 30 January 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 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipiomio1902
Hamburg Area
29 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely a Top Level Chinese Restaurant, specialising in Szechuan cuisine

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ChenY
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is was really good, my mum loves their fish. People who work there are also very friendly especially the guy standing in front of the main entrance. Very good experience, me and my family had a really great Luna new year's eve.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always. Great service and atmosphere, great fun all round.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

been there one evening with an English friend who wants to celebrate Chinese New Year with me, glad i’ve chosen Bar Shu. every dishes were delicious with decent portion. Cocktail drinks tastes lovely and all came with nice presentation. Service were so friendly! will definitely recommend this restaurant to all my friends!

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vipanonymous
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food are very much westernised, not authentic enough, all of our dishes are supposed to be spicy, but unfortunately it wasn’t, therefore we were quite disappointed over the experience however the noodles waa good, staff was nice, the restaurant is cozy.

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RajT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 January 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
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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vipBenN
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 January 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...

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ZaferA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Poor service, too salty food

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Foodlover
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

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AlfRehn
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 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.

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BarbaraW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 December 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 December 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!

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JamisonF
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 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.

FAQs

Barshu offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7287 8822.

Barshu is rated 4.2 stars by 488 OpenTable diners.

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