Soho, Fitztrovia, Covent Garden

Ba Shan

Ba Shan

Chinese | Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden

This is the third restaurant to be opened by the team behind Bar Shu and the Baozi Inn and it's been seducing punters with its innovative take on Sichuan cuisine. The twist here is that the menu is made up of small dishes that you'd more commonly see served up by street vendors. Needless to say, they get a more refined treatment here, but are just as delicious.

Restaurant details

24 Romilly Street, London W1D 5AH
Nearest station: Picadilly Circus
Telephone number: 020 7287 3266

Opening times: Monday - Thursday & Sunday 12-11pm, Friday & Saturday 12 - 11.30pm


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24 Romilly Street, London W1D 5AH


Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Critics' score: 8
Jay Rayner Observer Estimated score
Reviewed on November 07, 2010
"The menu includes Chairman Mao's red-braised pork... Deep red cubes of dense meat fell apart in the mouth. The fat had been braised into jelly and it came with a sauce which, if I eat enough of it, will be literally to die for." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Matthew Norman Guardian Estimated score
Reviewed on March 06, 2010
"Pot-sticker dumplings were plump, juicy parcels of porcine goodness buried beneath a thin sheet of batter, and dry wok prawns came all crunchy in their shells and suffused with freshly crushed spices." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Ben Norum View London
Reviewed on September 10, 2009
"Ba Shan offers fast Sichuan street food with an atmosphere to match." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 0
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on May 31, 2009
"The service was unusually friendly for an oriental gaff: fast, precise, helpful and anticipatory. It was the food I resented paying for." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7
"Richard & Peter" Harden's Estimated score
Reviewed on May 14, 2009
"...the food is so good you may not find a visit a particular bargain." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on May 02, 2009
" and exciting stodge-packaged protein mouthfuls, friendly service, cute decor, mellow environment and a fresh new way to enjoy the most exciting food in the world." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7.5
Terry Durack Independent
Reviewed on May 03, 2009
"...ask the extremely helpful, gung-ho staff for extra chilli oil if you need a hit, or just sit back and enjoy a gastronomic tour of the provinces of China that Chinatown forgot." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 5.5
John Walsh Independent
Reviewed on April 25, 2009
"What I did try was serviceable, but dull: listless cooking, underspiced, everyday-lunch-in-the-canteen cooking." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Andy Lynes Metro
Reviewed by April 21, 2009
"You probably won't find Xi'an-style spicy potato slivers (fine threads of hand-cut and briefly stir-fried potato served with a dash of vinegar, dried chilli and the famously tongue-numbing Sichuan pepper) anywhere else in town." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on April 01, 2009
"Salads of spicy chicken or five- spiced beef or pressed beancurd and celery are all excellent, but for the visual delight particularly, go for good-luck egg roll with chicken and laver seaweed." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 10
Charmaine Mok Time Out
Reviewed on March 31, 2009
"The black-painted frontage offers no insight into the exquisite food and impossibly cheery service." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Dos Hermanos Dos Hermanos Estimated score
Reviewed on March 29, 2009
" does a pretty decent job and, what’s more, it’s a nice place to have lunch, which, I have to say, in London, is becoming an increasingly rare thing and worth trumpeting..." READ REVIEW

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