Bar Shu is the brainchild of Sichuan-aficionado Fuchsia Dunlop. This upmarket Soho restaurant was one of the first mainstream Chinese restaurants to branch away from the traditional Cantonese fare available all over China. Mala lovers owe it a big debt, especially since it allows them to enjoy the firebrand cooking of this Chinese province in style, instead of the usual holes in the wall that specialises in this spicy brand of cookery. Entering Bar Shu feels like walking into a Chinese teahouse – teak tables and chairs and wooden wall apertures spread over three serene floors. All the Sichuanese staples are there; all done exceptionally well and there are a few of the fancier specialities too. The prices are on the expensive side, but it’s worth every penny. There aren’t many other places in London to get food like this. The two offshoot restaurants, Ba Shan and Baozi Inn offer variations on the theme at a lower price bracket, if austerity is biting.
|Address:||28 Frith St, W1D 5LF|
|Phone:||020 7287 8822|
|Nearest Tube:||Leicester Square/Piccadilly Circus|
|Need To Know:||Private dining for groups of up to 16 from £400|
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