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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
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Barshu Restaurant

28 Frith Street ,London W1D 5LF

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Lottery

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Apr 2016

Editor's pick 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...

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Richard P.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 6

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Barshu Restaurant

28 Frith Street ,London W1D 5LF

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Best Sichuan in London

by   bronze reviewer (14)

Jun 2013

Sichuan (proper Mandarin Chinese term for Szechuan) food is supposed to be hot and spicy. In London, spicy food tends to be milder than what it originally is in home country. But in this restaurant food is delivered to your table with full real taste (not only spicy but with all those actual flavours which make it all the while to go through the pain in your mouth!). Most of employees are experienced and trained well so you wouldn't be in a trouble usually. Only one thing would be the price, but...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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Barshu Restaurant

28 Frith Street ,London W1D 5LF

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Not for the faint-hearted or small-walleted

by   platinum reviewer (215)

Apr 2013

Londoners often face a challenge when it comes to finding good Chinese restaurants: on the one hand, there is the MSG-heavy Cantonese food that predominates much of Chinatown, and on the other, there is the likes of Hakkasan and its ilk, as much fashion destination as food experience, with only the briefest of nods to China as opposed to ‘pan-Asia.’ At least at Bar Shu, tucked at the edge of Soho, where Frith Street meets Romilly Street, the experience is somewhat more authentic. The style of food...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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Barshu Restaurant

28 Frith Street ,London W1D 5LF

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by   platinum reviewer (70)

Nov 2012

It’s hard to capture just how addictive Sichuan food can be. There comes a point when your lips are a-glow with peppery heat, and your mouth feels like it’s darting across your face; resembling the subject of a cubist portrait when Picasso was at his most barmy. Once the tingle subsides and you’re confident your chops haven’t burned clean through, all that’s left is a tremendous sense of wellbeing and the question: what the devil was that, and can I have some more? This is why I find myself returning...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 5

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28 Frith Street ,London W1D 5LF

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Jan 2012

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Very expensive and the portion is very small, the vegetable of typical water beef are all Chinese leaf that should be mixed of vegatables.Even the boxes to be charged by 50p each for the left over food, no complimentary fruits after the meal and only an overpriced bill at the end. Do not go there and you will be disappointed.

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 1

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Dec 2011

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coldish chinese food and particularly cold rice says that the food is not prepared properly: waiting staff are somewhat o-t-l. all shop front rather than real food… nice enviroment sadly without food relevance… it was like going to a performance of the red lantern without drinks , food and a plot. …kinda like a set after all the actors have left for the holidays! or to get some food,,,,,,,,,

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 1

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Jul 2011

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The first place I have eaten that actually serves real Szechuan food! if you like authentic Chinese food, try here, if you prefer the ‘sweet and sour’ Cantonese type place you find in any high street, go elsewhere Service was not great, but the food made up for it!

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 6

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Feb 2011

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I wish I had read some of these reviews before visiting Bar Shu. We went on a Friday evening – table was booked for 1930 (with strict instruction we had to be out of the door by 2100) – probably to accommodate for the theatre crowd. As some of the previous posters mentioned the service is not so hot. Upon arriving we waited in a dark corner for 30 minutes before the menu was given to us. No amount of frantic waving could stop the waiters in their set routine. Our order comprised of two starters...

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 1

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  • Address: 28 Frith Street, London W1D 5LF
  • Telephone: 020 7287 88 22
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Fri-Sat -11.30pm)
  • Cuisine: Chinese Szechuan
  • Area: Soho
  • Price: £49.00
  • Wine: £21.90
  • Champagne: £49.00
  • Private Dining: 10,12,14,50,26

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