Barshu

4.1
419 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Chinese (Sichuan)
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  • Spicy
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
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.

Private Dining

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.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 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.

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OT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

If you like hot spicy food, this is the place

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AW
London
17 reviews
Dined on 24 May 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.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food full is scheswan peppers. Never going back again.

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

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

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SB
Isle of Wight
1 review
Dined on 16 May 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.

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SP
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 13 May 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

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RM
London
11 reviews
Dined on 4 May 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

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AS
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

amazing food!

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

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

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

Food was unappealing expensive and did not generally taste good.

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Denver
7 reviews
Dined on 22 April 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.

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 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.

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EC
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Sichuanese. Good vibe and choice of dishes. Service quite slapdash but didn’t take away from experience.

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ST
London
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Chinese food in London in my opinion.

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H
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 April 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)

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic Sichuan food. And the service is fantastic!

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

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

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G
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 31 March 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.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 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!

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

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

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

Amazing pungent and flavourful unique food with spicey and peppery flavours

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

Fantastic, authentic cuisine. Absolutely love this place!

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k
1 review
Dined on 12 March 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.

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C
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 March 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.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 5 March 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.

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l
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 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

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

Really authentic Sichuan cuisine! Loved it

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AM
1 review
Dined on 16 February 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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EL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant as always. Delicious spicy food and very friendly staff.

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s
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazing food. We got a round table at the corner which is perfect for friends gathering

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chinese New year

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M
Warwickshire
27 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Visited with wife for Chinese NY lunch disappointed by how quiet it was compared to some other similar Restaurant’s in area.
Service was ok but considering it was lunch & all we had was tea to accompany our meal the price was a little high food portions were however generous enough & the Ma La Sichuan flavour was very evident in most of our dishes albeit being honest the flavour is a bit samey & can be a little overpowering just our personal taste.
Maybe not a lunch time establishment possibly better choice for dinner.

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r
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Horrible greeting on arrival vreated bad vibe straight away. When the waitress arrived with sticky menus and laminated pictures of the food, we knew it was time to leave. Draw your own conclusions

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PP
London
11 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food as always! Would go back again and again

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LS
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food with great spicing. Only downside is we ordered the Meat Dry Wok and there was very little meat in it - mainly vegetables. What we got was excellent but not what we expected.

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BM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Went there about 8 years ago and didn't enjoy it then, came to try again as I kept hearing people talking about it. Disappointed again as before, will not come back again. Food is ordinary (I'm Chinese), was told only had the table for 1.5 hours, bit checked email confirmation it was for 2 hours. We had the table for 2 hours at the end but didn't enjoy the evening as it was rushed.

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K
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service and good value! The staff are always lovely and every dish is delicious. Service is really fast so it's the perfect place to go if you need a quick bite.

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N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

If you want authentic Sichuan in London then this is the place. English is a second language for the staff and many customers.

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