Bashan

Address: 24 Romilly Street, London, W1D 5AH, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7287 3266

- Mid-range

3.7

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.

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Value for money
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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.

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.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Singles
  • Nightlife
  • Design and architecture

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