Bashan

Price guide: Mid-range

24 Romilly Street, London, W1D 5AH

Price guide: Mid-range

Bashan Romilly Street

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#76 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.7 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.1
4.1
Ambience:
4.1
4.1
Service:
3.5
3.5
Location:
3.7
3.7
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Singles, Design and architecture, Nightlife

Expert review of Bashan

Authentic Hunanese cooking at the edge of London’s Chinatown.

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.

Food and drink: 

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.

Ambience: 

Spread across a number of small rooms, it’s a stylish, if dinky, tribute to rural China’s teahouses and puppet theatres.

Service: 

Has been known to be grumpy, but generally plentiful.

Location: 

On the Soho border, close to Leicester Square and Chinatown; the more luxurious Barshu is directly opposite.

Price advice: 

Bashan’s cheaper than Barshu too, with starters priced from £4.90 and main dishes from £6.90.

Other useful branches: 

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:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Chinese
Address:
24 Romilly Street, London, W1D 5AH
Telephone:
020 7287 3266
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Thur noon-11pm, Fri-Sat noon-11.30pm, Sun noon-11pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Fuchsia Dunlop

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