Barshu Restaurant

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28 Frith Street , London, W1D 5LF

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0207 2878 8822

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SquareMeal Review of Barshu Restaurant

22

"VERY GOOD"

Strictly a domain for chilli-heads, this smart, light-filled Chinese delivers a riotous flavour ride, Szechuan-style. Complaints of “lucky dip” portion sizes have been addressed with the introduction of illustrated menus, which also help to identify the hottest propositions. Dry-wok options (stir-fried frog’s legs, pig’s offal and duck tongues) all arrive emblazoned with dried chilli, as do fleshy strips of boiled sea bass and appetisers such as sliced pork belly, nestled in a blood-red sauce. Moments of relief come in the shape of soothing soups, and stews, and you’ll probably be glad to see mango sorbet and coconut ice cream offered for dessert. The restaurant makes no bones about the fact that it uses MSG and aims to turn your table within two hours – two drawbacks that will be familiar to anyone who frequents neighbouring Chinatown. High prices are out of sync with the neighbourhood, but you’re paying for an “authentic”, thoroughly thrilling taste of central China.


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Barshu Restaurant Location

28 Frith Street , London W1D 5LF

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0207 2878 8822

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Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Fri-Sat -11.30pm)

Private Dining

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This Soho Chinese boasts four private dining rooms. Named and decorated after fine jewels, the Emerald Room seats 10 guests, the Ruby Room 12 and the Jade Room 14. Meanwhile, the larger Pearl Room can host 50 people, while the Jade and Ruby rooms can be combined to welcome 26 guests.

Emerald Room Capacity: 10
Ruby Room Capacity: 12
Jade Room Capacity: 14
Pearl Room Capacity: 50
Diamond Room (Jade & Ruby Combined) Capacity: 26

Barshu Restaurant's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 6.5

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Service: 4.9

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Atmosphere: 6.0

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Value: 3.8

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 5

16 July 2017

BARSHU is a gem!! The quality of the food and the wonderful friendly service - make this an absolute "go to" restaurant if you like Spicy Sichuan cuisine.

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Food + drink: 3

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

14 April 2016

The food here is a real lucky dip, not just the taste but the portion sizes. Both the starters and mains can range from small enough to feed a gnat to large enough to end famine in Africa. Everything you order also runs the chili gauntlet. If you order anything marked "hot" from the dry wok section expect to have a gross of dried, mainly whole, red chilies delivered to your table, with a smattering of the other ingredients. But all said and done the food was really tasty, it was one of the more authentic Chinese places I've eaten in and we had a window seat on a Saturday night. I'd go back.

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

GH

Platinum Reviewer
07 November 2013

Authentic good food, however the service is appalling. The waitresses could not be any grumpier. Restaurant was buzzy but cramped. Ladies, do not be fooled by the prices and think that this is a dressy place.

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