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Barshu

4.5
4.5
677 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

19:00


Booked 21 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 677 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. C

    Cherry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    very good!!!highly recommended !! defo come back again
  2. MK

    MartinK

    Cancun

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    Most of the dishes were excellent. But I ordered the Chicken with Chili Pods (number 65). I'll get to the number in a second. The dish was horrible which prevented me from giving a 5 star. Basically, where was the chicken??? It was a dish of stir fried chili pods with Szechuan peppers. I suppose the chili were to other little fried something no more than 2mm. I expected pieces of stir fried chicken. The other issue that I had was the ordering system. We were given a sheet of paper with the dish numbers. on it. I would much rather discuss the menu with a server and ask questions. As it turned out, I had to wait for well over an hour for my dish to arrive. Long after everybody else in my party had finished their meals. My fried rice sat in front of me for almost 30 minutes before the entree arrived. For the price paid, I think the restaurant missed the mark. But I would return and give it another try knowing what I know now.
  3. J

    John

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend the Barshu Smacked Cucumber for its unique savoury flavour that can't be found even in other Sichuan restaurants.
  4. CG

    CharuG

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Delicious food - very specific and we find ourselves coming back for more!
  5. JN

    JulianN

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great food, great service, slightly downbeat atmosphere
  6. M

    Mike

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really enjoyed our food and the experience
  7. PW

    PatrickW

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastik food. Best Sichuan I’ve had outside Chengdu. Highly recommended for any occasion you want to enjoy Sichuan food
  8. JO

    JeremyO

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Food was bland - all salt no spice. Very oily. Felt sick after - never felt bad after sichuan food before.
  9. GL

    GL1687

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 11 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good is good but on oily side. Maybe the food in ordered. Service is good. Worth going
  10. s

    sushigil

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I used to love this place. It’s been about 7 years since I was here and ordering some similar and some different things we found the use of Szechuan peppercorn seasoning was overpowering on the aromatic chicken and Dan Dan noodles in particular. Don’t remember anything like that from the past. Atmosphere is still lovely. Service was odd with a paper ordering system and rather inattentive coverage by a mix of folks speaking great to almost no English. Our rice never arrived and was cancelled. Spare ribs were great, as were fried lotus and hot sour soup. Fried squid (salt and pepper) was very good. Overall I was disappointed and my wife wasn’t so impressed for her first visit. Should have ordered one of the whole sea bass dishes. Were great in past and still seem strong based on our neighbor’s dish and comments. I’d try again but not sure my wife would be onboard.
  11. W

    Willriley123

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not been for a while but was as good as before. Efficient service and excellent food!
  12. MN

    MargaretN

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Lovely food. Be aware potion sizes have vastly increased ( a good thing Ofc).
  13. A

    Angelatto

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    We had 1hr 30mins from the entrance then to finish the food. The restaurant was boisterous and full of people so at one point we had to shout at each other to communicate. The food took over 40mins to come and in the end, it felt like we had to rush to finish the food. The waitress and waiters were so busy and focused on cleaning and setting up other tables that there were unpleasant clanking noises from the dishes. Overall the food was wonderful but you will need to be prepared with the atmosphere before you visit the place.
  14. KP

    KrupaP

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience1
    Some dishes were nice. Some items were labelled as vegetarian and had meat in them which i find terrible. Service was OK, some people don't really understand English which was awkward. They sat us really close to another table which was so uncomfortable and they didn't move us. It was meant for a special anniversary dinner and it didn't feel special at all.
  15. BW

    BenW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 July 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    One of the waitresses was incredibly rude, and we were placed in a random side room. Food was okay though a little pricy.
  16. JZ

    JunZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good restaurant. I will recommend to my friends.
  17. RR

    RosalindR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great classy restaurant on the edge of Chinatown. Really good food.
  18. NA

    NotAFoodie

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

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

    Mike

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    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
  20. AS

    AbhishekS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super delicious food . Highly recommended !! Will go again soon
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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!
  25. KM

    KristineM

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 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!!!
  26. 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.
  27. 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
  28. 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 !
  29. 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.
  30. 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!
  31. 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
  32. 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.
  33. N

    Nisha

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was delicious - we ordered a range of dishes that were all full of flavour. The service was lovely and the atmosphere was busy but not overwhelming. The decor was lovely too. Plus the price of our meal was incredibly reasonable, especially considering we ordered wine and cocktails along with lots of food. Would certainly return
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. AM

    AndrewM

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

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

    Peach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good Chinese food, fresh material and patient service
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

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 677 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 21 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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