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‘Not for the faint-hearted’, Bar Shu delivers a full dose of Szechuan fire and mouth-numbing intensity, but also bags of ‘real taste’ – according to aficionados of this potent regional cuisine.
‘Excellent choices’ from the pictorial menus include fish-fragrant aubergines laced with spiced caramel, numbing-and-hot fish fillets and the ‘moreish weirdness’ of pock-marked old woman’s
beancurd, while sides of phoenix-tail salad and smacked cucumbers help to temper the fires. Daring diners wanting a challenge can sample ‘bushtucker trial’ delicacies such as spiced pig’s
intestines, chicken gizzards or unnervingly slithery jellyfish ribbons – although the serene dining room is a world away from I’m A Celebrity… with its ornate wooden arches, glowing red lanterns
and traditional silk prints. ‘Surly’ staff have an unerringly ‘cool disdain’ for customers, but Bar Shu still holds an ‘addictive’ allure – just remember to bring a bulging wallet.
If you like spice, this is the place for you. We had a couple of non-chilli lovers with us so we curbed back on ordering the super chilli charged dishes, but I'm going to have to go back to set my mouth on fire sometime soon. Asian is my comfort food. Chinese vegetables, noodles, fatty pork, dumplings, chilli. Pure comfort...
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