Barshu

4.2
394 reviews
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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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k
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 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
London
1 review
Dined on March 5, 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 March 1, 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 February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really authentic Sichuan cuisine! Loved it

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on February 16, 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 February 8, 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 February 7, 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 February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chinese New year

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M
Warwickshire
27 reviews
Dined on February 6, 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 January 26, 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
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food as always! Would go back again and again

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LS
1 review
Dined on January 24, 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 January 18, 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
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 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 January 1, 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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w
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Szechuan food, great service, and quiet enough to converse with friends.

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A good place for dinner - quiet and yet lively. We were 5 and they gave us a spacious table. Service was efficient and corteous. Food was excellent and we enjoyed some interesting dishes.

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GS
London
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Sichuan food - probably the best in London

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I usually love eating there because of the atmosphere but this time they were two groups of about 10 people each next to us. And both were very noisy especially the group who was celebrated a birthday they were talking very loud and shouting like children on a playground.
Very inconvenient for two people who would like a quite or less noisy atmosphere...

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Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was good and we were given a private room as we were a large party, which was nice, but not very nicely decorated. The menu is very enticing, however the quality of the food was quite disappointing. A lot of filling in with vegetables around the actual food and not much of the main dish itself. Soft shell crab was delicious but sea bass was disappointing.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with friends and we wanted spice and flavour. It was perfect and ticked ever box. x

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A
London
58 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

One of the best schechuan Chinese food restaurants in town ! I will be back

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E
London
49 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely gorgeous food as always. Very authentic and really fantastic flavours. One of our favourite restaurants in London.

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A
London
58 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Again! 2nd visit in 3 days - great spicy Chinese food restaurant

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DI
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was just great. Quality. Spicy. Fun. Authentic. Loved it

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PG
London
20 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Lovely spicy and authentic Sichuan grub - certainly warmed us up on a wet and miserable day!

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DB
London
16 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a truly authentic Sichuan restaurant, be warned, the level of spice is exquisitely hot, think top of a volcano and then ascend to the cumulonimbus above. There are layers of flavour and physical experience within the spice (Sichuan pepper being a different experience from chili for example). And yes you will see through time. If you go, the dan dan noodles and the smashed cucumber are a must, I've tried replication many times at home (and failed). This remains my favorite and I'd give it a strong recommendation.

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b
Berlin
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Szechuan Cuisine, hot and spicy. I will return. Its in Soho. Near to all theatres.

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LA
Essex
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food wasn't what I expected. Somethings we ordered was out of our taste range. Overall good, but won't go back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I have not been to Barshu for a long time which used to be one of my favorite restaurants in London. During this visit we found the food taste was rather bland, quite disappointing compared with what it was. I doubt I will go back soon.

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KS
London
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent introduction to Szechuan cuisine. Gorgeous selection of plates to sample. Soft shell crab was fantastic.

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H
Essex
35 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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JF
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Ordered three dishes; Sichuan chicken, dan-dan noodles and dumplings in chili oil. The noodles and dumplings were ok, but not enough spice or chili oil. The Sichuan chicken was pretty tasteless, the oil didn't give the numbing heat was expecting. Overall, the whole approach seems very toned down in terms of flavour and heat for Sichuan food, not sure why.

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MA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food. Quick service and not outrageous prices

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AW
London
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Very overpriced and average food and service. Noodles were terrible and nothing like the photo on menu. Incredibly limited vegetarian options for my friend. I was disappointed as I had found very good reviews online in advance.

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G
London
52 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Authentic Szechuan cuisine at the heart of Soho, with all food as expected were numbing spice and peppery. The signature seabass in hot oil dish is must try for foodies, although do mind the price tag. Reading some of the comments, i didn't high expectations with the service but was pleasantly surprised how helpful and accommodating waiters were. do observe the time limit during peak hours (around 6:30pm to 8:30pm) and they might just ask you vacate your table after 1.5 hours.

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Berlin
35 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good Szechuan food in the heart of Soho. Spicy but not mala hot. All the standard Szechuan favorites. Very good tripe.

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W
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

A huge menu with few appetizers. it only tasted of pepper, nothing else. No ambience, unfriendly service. Not a nice evening.

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SE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food - the spicy beef dish is particularly good, if you can handle the heat.

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