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Barshu

4.5
4.5
659 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.

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2 people

23:30


Booked 30 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Chinese (Sichuan), Chinese, Asian

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 12:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–22:30

  • Phone number

    020 7287 8822

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Barshu has many private dining areas that allow us to offer a range of event types, like corporate entertaining, celebratory birthday, engagement party or celebrate special occasion, for groups up to 50. We offer authentic Sichuan cuisine and range of wine list which will suit most requirements.

  • Private party contact

    Chew: 020 7287 8822

  • Area

    Soho

  • Parking Details

    There is street parking after 6.30pm

  • Public Transit

    Leicester Square underground station, Tottenham Court Road underground station

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 659 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. NA

    NotAFoodie

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and wide range of delicious dishes. Superb food
  2. M

    Mike

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Considering reservation was made service as extremely rushed. Arrive on time, we’re told they needed the table back in 1:45. ate and were brought bill immediately without asking. Then were told we need to get going in 10 mins To free up space. Total time spent at restaurant 58minutes. Considering bill was 90 for two I would expect slightly less rushed service especially with a reservation. The waiter didn’t even stick to the time he told us when we sat down. Good but not amazing
  3. AS

    AbhishekS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super delicious food . Highly recommended !! Will go again soon
  4. M

    Midharrypotterdiner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The fish in pickled vegetable soup was great and the flavours are generally authentic. The service was pretty terrible as we were getting out seats, the man behind the bar was rude and unhelpful but the other staff member was then apologetic for his behaviour.
  5. JH

    JohnH

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Very good food. Lots of chillies as you would expect. Slightly on expensive side but quality and portions very good.
  6. CC

    CharlesC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food is really excellent, I lived in China for many years, this is the real thing
  7. j

    jnistic

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Really nice experience, food and service were very good. Keep in mind that dishes flagged as spicy are -really- spicy!
  8. KM

    KristineM

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stopped on for post-show dinner. Was amazing. Second time there. Very generous portions. Amazing fresh food. Incredible flavours. Had my favourite mapo tofu and their cabbage. So good!!!
  9. GS

    GabrielS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a nice, friendly atmosphere with plenty of light. We were upstairs and waiter happily agreed to let us move to a free table right next to the window even though all tables were eventually taken. Busy evening but waiting staff coped well. Food was nicely served and everything we had was tasty. Would go back and try the dry pot dishes which we didn't get to order. Overall all great, would definitely go back.
  10. MT

    MollyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is incredible. We have been back twice and will be back again
  11. JB

    JonathanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    a wonderful experience in the heart of China town, We will return Thankyou !
  12. TD

    TrickyDicky

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food, with a long but easy to navigate menu. Remember this is not Cantonese so has a different range than the usual Chinese.
  13. IR

    IanR

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Excellent food. Not at all helpful for my GF niece despite giving them notice. She enjoyed her boiled rice and steamed greens. Would it not have been possible to steam a piece of fish for her? That said what my wife and I ate was excellent, very authentic and well spiced. Again better service might have enhanced our dining experience rather than filling in the order sheet on the table with no assistance from staff. Service improved later in the meal as my street cred went up as I dissected the fried sea bass, bone by bone!
  14. j

    joed

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    This is my third time there .. his time very disappointed. Food was very average and below their normal high standard and the service was off hand and a bit charmless
  15. SC

    SharonC

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Over priced, ordered came incorrect twice. Still added to the bill with the service charge would not go again.
  16. NN

    NomNomNom

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Szechuan food and haven't been to Barshu in like 10 years. Loved this experience so much. Brought two friends who literally could not believe how great the food was.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    The lighting is like an operating theater, the welcome was non existent, the food very average.
  18. AM

    AndrewM

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Always exciting flavours - one of my favourite places
  19. P

    Peach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good Chinese food, fresh material and patient service
  20. j

    jenniferh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Food was disappointing. Too much sauce and not nuanced enough flavours. Expected better for the price. Portions also too large if only two eating so you can’t try much. Smaller dishes at lower price would be better. Staff very friendly and efficient.
  21. HW

    HughW

    London

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Went to the restaurant on recommendation from a friend that it had good spicy food. Staff are almost deliberately unhelpful when asked about things on the menu. There was a lot of food served but none of it worth writing home about. Hot and sour soup was way too salty. Not going back.
  22. R

    Redbaron

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great food. Great place. Only slight issue was that we asked for the soup to come first and the rest afterwards. But it all arrived together.
  23. JG

    JonathanG

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very good Szechwan cuisine. On the pricey side but difficult to find cooking of this type of cuisine anywhere in Uk at this quality. A pleasure to return after Covid years of absence
  24. SR

    SimonR

    Buckinghamshire

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a family meal together
  25. M

    Mark

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, really lovely would definitely recommend.
  26. NA

    NotAFoodie

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is spectacular, ginger juice spinach, smacked cucumbers, lamb with cumin, dumplings. All delicious, perfectly prepared. AN absolute winner.
  27. JD

    JanetD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food - well prepared plus excellent service
  28. GG

    GeorgeG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and it really represents the best of Sichuan style in London.
  29. P

    Palmafishy

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very authentic szechuan food, a great selection, wonderful new menu with lots of great pictures. Very reasonable prices.
  30. JK

    JonK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Probably the best Sichuan food I have eaten in London. Cumin lamb was superb and water boiled pork very tender. Green beans with minced pork also really good. Deep complex flavours going on! Love Sichuan cuisine and if it's your thing I highly recommend it.
  31. A

    Angel

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was absolutely incredible. The flavours were so well placed - it tasted homemade as opposed to a restaurant. We were slightly rushed as they got busy but aside from that, the lady that served us was great and helped us decided. Excited to go back.
  32. DM

    DrMS

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very tasty, albeit spicy and hot food. But hot in a way that brings out a whole range of flavours. Had a range of dishes from fish to beans, all perfect and very quick service too. Only desert was a bit of a disappointment as the mousse was frozen and clearly ready-made - nothing against that but if you have to attack it with your spoon and it doesn’t yield a millimeter… not quite what it should be like.
  33. E

    Escoffer

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been going there for years. Really good food. Quick service and quite quirky and characterful. Definitely worth a try.
  34. AG

    AG12

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Barshu is definitely one of the best in London. The place is very clean, service is great - very quick and courteous, and the food is very tasty. Been a fav for years!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The food is very high quality and very spicy. The sea bass was amazing . An excellent meal . A couple of dishes were a little too spicy but the food was still very good
  36. HR

    HowardR

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Excellent food quality at this Soho Chinese restaurant. Michelin-listed and well deserved.
  37. L

    123Liz

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We thought the food was nice but definitely overpriced for what it was! Won’t be going again purely as it’s too expensive and wasn’t worth it in our eyes.
  38. M

    Maeee

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Delicious food, full of garlic and chilled. Waiting staff had one very busy woman working it seems. Much better with regards to allergen information than they used to be. One of my favourite restaurants.
  39. GB

    GiuliaB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    service was great and food even better! really enjoyed it and will definitely go back!
  40. RD

    RichardD

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Over all it was great and would definitely go back. We were put upstairs in an almost empty room. But we were eating early in the day and as more diners arrived, the atmosphere improved. The food was excellent.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser 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

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Barshu is rated 4.5 stars by 659 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

23:30


Booked 30 times today
Google Map for Barshu

28 Frith Street London, W1D 5LF

Additional information

  • Area

    Soho

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 12:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–22:30

  • Cuisines

    Chinese (Sichuan), Chinese, Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    There is street parking after 6.30pm

  • Public Transit

    Leicester Square underground station, Tottenham Court Road underground station

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    020 7287 8822

  • Private party facilities

    Barshu has many private dining areas that allow us to offer a range of event types, like corporate entertaining, celebratory birthday, engagement party or celebrate special occasion, for groups up to 50. We offer authentic Sichuan cuisine and range of wine list which will suit most requirements.

  • Private party contact

    Chew: 020 7287 8822

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