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Frith Street firecracker Bar Shu enjoys a reputation that’s the envy of its Chinese counterparts on the other side of Shaftesbury Avenue. This proud purveyor of the fearsomely potent Szechuan food is a go-to for London’s intrepid eaters and commands prices almost as eye-watering as the effects of its ‘irresistible lamb ribs with lashings of chilli’. If the intriguing, lyrical descriptions don’t mean much (‘as good as bear’s paw’ etc), the staff should be able to nudge you towards a balance of subtlety and fire. At the path-less-trodden end, delicacies such as jellyfish ribbons and ox-foot tendons throw down the gauntlet to westerners in search of something new, but plates of minced chicken with mustard greens, dan-dan noodles and smacked cucumbers shouldn’t be missed. The modest if striking interior can feel somewhat at odds with the prices.

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  1. Published : Monday, 16 December 2013

    little swallow : china doll :: Bar Shu, Soho

    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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  • Address: 28 Frith Street, London W1D 5LF
  • Telephone: 020 7287 88 22
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-11pm

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