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Bar Shu (London, UK)
||28 Frith Street,|
London W1D 5LF, England,
Reviewed by: Georges London
Winter Volume: 2011 Issue: 18(4) page: 23 and 25
Bar Shu is open from noon to eleven in the evening, seven days a week, and is an upscale, authentic, and inventive place. It serves uncompromisingly fiery Sichuan dishes and award-winning food-writer Fuchsia Dunlop keeps an eye on its menu. The eatery has two floors and three private dining rooms. They are beautifully decorated. It reopening recently after a fire. The tables are quite nicely spaced, the service very professional, though it can be a bit brusque.
The thick menu is very well presented with many pictures that whet the appetite, should that be necessary. The cost of a meal is quite steep, about forty pounds per person; that includes service but excludes drinks.
My wife and I recently ate lunch here, and we ordered too much on purpose as our daughter-in-law was craving spicy tofu. We took the leftovers to her in plastic containers, which by the way each is microwave compatible and does cost fifty pence. Of course, there is no standard take-out in this fancy place.
We ordered four dishes:
Sweet and Sour Crispy Fried Sea Bass shown here,
Ma Po Doufu,
Dry Fried Green Beans with minced pork and preserved mustard greens, and
Not sure the first dish is authentically Sichuan, but it was as beautiful as it was delicious. Our second and third dishes were perfectly cooked classic Sichuan dishes while the fourth seemed to be a variation on a Northern dish. In addition, it did not come up to expectations.
The web site: www.bar-shu.co.uk of this restaurant is quite informative and has many dishes to see. In the past, here we have appreciated the cooling tones of Lettuce Parcels filled with minced chicken and preserved mustard greens as well as the classic family Sichuan fare called Gong Bao Chicken or Gong Bao Shrimp, also Twice-cooked Pork Belly, and Ants Climbing A Tree.
Hope you enjoy this eatery as much as we do. Perhaps we will see you there soon!