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“Not so great”
Review of Barshu Restaurant

Barshu Restaurant
Ranked #3,226 of 24,437 Restaurants in London
Price range: $27 - $133
Cuisines: Chinese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Soho
Description: At Barshu Restaurant, we want to bring you the best of the authentic flavours of Sichuan in London. Call us today! #Barshu
Reviewed May 21, 2013

Unusual menu and friendly staff. However the meal was disappointing. Don't see what all the hype is about.

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Thank Condor1950
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

The ants climbing a tree was amazing. The Chilli chicken was massive andyou just pick the chicken out of massive amounts of chillies.
Very pricey!! But nice for a treat.

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Thank Gillchelt
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Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

As someone who travelled to China frequently, when this restaurant opened up a few years ago I was one of the happiest people in London. The authenticity of the Sichuan dishes coupled with the freshness of the ingredients was unique. Since then Sichuan restaurants have become ubiquitous. Some of them are mediocre and some of them are very good and authentic. I haven' returned to Bar Chu for many years. I had a special visitor and as they had never tried Sichuan food and I thought this would be the safest bet. The jelly fungus starter was good, but was a bit spicier than I have had elsewhere. We also ordered the fish in oil, which is a classic dish. It came covered in chillis and Sichuan peppercorns. It was very good but lacked a bit of kick, which is surprising given the amount of chilies. It did provide the numbness on the tongue, which is a good indication that the peppercorns were fresh. A dish which my visitor chose was not a Sichuan dish, but curiously had a full page photo on the menu, which indicated that it would be a signature dish of the restaurant. This was a scallops and tofu dish. As scallops are not usually seen this far inland in China, one wonders why it was given such prominence in the menu. I will hazard a guess and assume that it is because the restaurant would like people to order it. It certainly had a good taste to it, but was more reminiscent of the cuisine of Eastern China than of the Southwest. Wehad to search quite hard to find the scallops. The pricetag of just under £24 was, by any definition, too expensive. The water spinach and garlic was very well prepared. We ordered some draft beer to accompany the meal, and while you can expect a markup on alcohol in a restaurant at just under 4 pounds for half a pint, which is twice the price of already expensive London pubs, seemed a bit steep. While we were told that we could have the table for one hour and a half within 45 minutes, the table was cleared, though not cleaned, and without us asking a bill was presented. We got the message and paid the bill. It came out to just over £103 for three people. Connoisseurs of Chinese restaurants in London know that this is at the higher end. The service charge was added to the bill, but I was quite shocked to see that this restaurant which is obviously positioning itself at the high end of restaurants in Chinatown, used a trick which I thought had disappeared a few years ago in this part of London: when presented with the card machine you are asked if you wish to add a service charge to the bill. This is really shocking, and frankly, inexcusable. The food on the whole, and the Sichuan dishes in particular,are good and authentic. However, the scene has changed in London over the years and if you're going to charge these type of prices you need to deliver not only on the food. Around the corner there is an authentic Hunan restaurant which is half the price. You can get an interesting take on Taiwanese dishes 50 m from this restaurant, again at half the price. I don't think this restaurant deserves the price tag given the service , scrimping on ingredients, and the 'add service' to the bill . There is a lot more choice out there and you'd be better going somewhere else to try authentic Sichuan dishes. A real shame that a restaurant which did so much to change the restaurant scene in Chinatown is just not worth it now.

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Thank Mick22
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

We've eaten the sichuan world favourite dish Mapu Doufu in many different locations, and Bar Shu's version definitely ranks among the best. Oily, spicy and full of sizzeling sichuan pepper greatness. We also had Gang Bao chicken as well as spicy cloud ear fungus and edamame beans in sesame oil. Especially the mushrooms put smiles on our faces. Others have complained that the service here is a bit harsh, unfriendly even. We can't say that we share that judgement. True that prices were not exactly bargains, but no more expensive than you would expect from this kind of place.

Thank JacobLinda_W
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

Just outside Chinatown on Frith St. Great regional Chinese cooking, with plenty of spice in everything. Food pretty good and portions generous- easy to over order. Friendly and attentive service. A good bet in Soho.

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Thank NickW067067
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