24 Romilly Street, London, W1D 5AH
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Singles, Design and architecture, Nightlife
Expert review of Bashan
Restaurateur Shao Wei and consultant chef Fuchsia Dunlop have done much to promote authentic Sichuanese food in London, opening both the stylish Barshu restaurant and Baozi Inn. Their third place, Bashan, is now a beacon for the less well-known cuisine of Hunan province, birthplace of Chairman Mao.
I love the comfort dishes: stew of beef with glutinous rice cakes (zongi), and fresh silken tofu topped with the yolks of salted duck eggs. Look out for Hunan’s characteristic dried vegetables such as dried cucumber skin, which has a chewy-crisp texture, and comes stir-fried with pork and chillies.
Spread across a number of small rooms, it’s a stylish, if dinky, tribute to rural China’s teahouses and puppet theatres.
Has been known to be grumpy, but generally plentiful.
On the Soho border, close to Leicester Square and Chinatown; the more luxurious Barshu is directly opposite.
Bashan’s cheaper than Barshu too, with starters priced from £4.90 and main dishes from £6.90.
Sister establishments Baozi Inn (casual, great for a quick bowl of noodles or a big steamed bun) and Barshu (more formal, and specifically Sichuanese) are mere steps away.
More information on Bashan:
- Price guide:
- 24 Romilly Street, London, W1D 5AH
- 020 7287 3266
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Thur noon-11pm, Fri-Sat noon-11.30pm, Sun noon-11pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Fuchsia Dunlop