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Summary

“One of Soho’s best” – the Sichuan food in this well-known café is “first-rate”“really spicy and delicious”. Much of the menu is not for the faint-hearted, but “it’s always possible to avoid overly hot dishes with the aid of the helpful staff”.

£58
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4
Very Good
2
Average
2
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Less a meal than a dare!” – the “seriously spicy cooking gives way to rich depths of flavour for the strong-hearted and willed” at this “excellent” Soho café. “If you want a Sichuan fix, go!” – there are “some real lip-smackers in there, including some wonderful unusual dishes (smacked cucumber, gung bao chicken, ants climbing trees…)”, but “you still suffer Chinatown-style woes – sometimes indifferent service, and poor ambience”.

£58
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4
Very Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“If you like really good spicy food, look no further” – this Sichuan café in Soho shows a “rare fidelity” to the fiery cuisine, and provides “a good alternative to the standard Chinese in nearby Chinatown”. “Favourites include numbing and hot dried beef, and dry wok pig intestines”.

£56
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4
Very Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

It’s “not for the faint-hearted”, but for a “fragrant chilli fix”, the “uncompromisingly” fiery Sichuan cuisine at this Soho café makes it “one of the best Chinese options in town”; you don’t go for the ambience however, and service is “curt”.

£54
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4
Very Good
1
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2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

BARSHU RESTAURANT

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 Bar Shu 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 the food!

Prices

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£5.00 £14.90 £9.90 £5.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £23.90
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%

Current menus

Restaurant details

Highchair
14, 14, 10
100
2+

Private dining

Barshu Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Barshu Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Barshu restaurant.
Mitchell L
UNderwhelmed compared to the competition fo...
Reviewed 4 months, 5 days ago

"UNderwhelmed compared to the competition for Szechuan food now growing up."

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Paul F
An interesting and unusual experience Grea...
Reviewed 8 months, 28 days ago

"An interesting and unusual experience Great venue, large choice of dishes that are served quite quickly (large portions) some really unusual choices, more focussed on their Chinese customers but lovely to see them on the menu. We had a prawn dish with cashew a sea bass with delicious farmhouse rice, Pak Choi and fried asparagus. Toilets were clean down some stairs (quite a climb) Staff are very polite if one or two very minor issues over communication. Nice visit great food and unusual mocktails"

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28 Frith St, London, W1D 5LF
Opening hours
Monday12 pm-11 pm
Tuesday12 pm-11 pm
Wednesday12 pm-11 pm
Thursday12 pm-11 pm
Friday12 pm-11:30 pm
Saturday12 pm-11:30 pm
Sunday12 pm-11 pm

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