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For 2
Date
Sat, 2/24
Time
7:00 PM
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Shu Restaurant

3.9
30 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Asian
Top tags:
  • Creative Cuisine (10)
  • Vegan (10)
  • Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Shu Restaurant specialises in reinvented Sichuan cuisine.

We are embedded in the centuries old Sichuan palate, but we present its incredible spices, heat, textures and flavor complexity so that it is accessible and exciting for today’s diners.

Our produce is sustainable, seasonal and organic whenever possible and sourced from local farmers, so our dishes vary every night.

Shu sets each evening’s menu so that it is perfectly balanced in its range of dishes and flavours. We will introduce you to traditional favourites alongside Shu’s more inventive dishes.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Asian, Chinese, Vegan
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Saturday: Dinner: 6:00pm - 10pm;

Sunday-Monday : Closed

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Phone number
(03) 9090 7878
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Joe Ku
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Neighbourhood
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

10 course Vegan Degustation $55 (Vegetarian/Vegan)

Inspired by the vibrant Sichuan cuisine of SouthWest China, Shu presents a vegan set menu in 10 different flavours. This 10 course vegan degustation has been running out of the kitchen window since 2014 and continue interpreting the traditional Sichuan flavours into a modern palate with fresh, local and seasonal produce. Contemporary, plant based and delicious! Various local and international vegan wines also available.

10 course Vegan Degustation with complementing wines $99 (Vegan Wines)

Terms and Conditions: .

Valid For: 2 - 20 people

Starts: 7 June 2017

Ends: 30 June 2018

Availability: Sun 18:00-19:30
Tue-Sat 18:00-19:30

10 course Sichuan Degustation $65 (Meat and Seafood)

Chinese cuisine in general showcases the dynamic range of ingredients used in various cooking methods. At Shu today we incorporate the local Victorian produce to this 10 flavoured set menu, starting the "Chilled and Raw" plate of sashimi grade scallop, Scotch fillet, and a fresh Asian herb plant, it takes you through the authentic Sichuan staple with a modern twist in the flavours.

Enjoy our 10 course Sichuan Degustation with complimenting wines for $115pp

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 2 - 20 people

Starts: 7 June 2017

Ends: 30 June 2018

Availability: Sun 18:00-19:30
Tue-Sat 18:00-19:30

What 30 People Are Saying
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3.9  based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
4.0
Service
3.8
Ambience
3.8
Value
74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CoolGuy 
4.0  Dined on 14 February 2018

Thought it was a really great set up! Really cool vibe and great setting with friendly staff. One problem was the food seemed a bit rushed and might have been because of a lack of staff but thought maybe get some extra cooks in to take the pressure off, especially on such a busy night :)

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craigg 
3.0  Dined on 14 February 2018

The food was great, my only problem was when i payed by eftpos i somehow also tipped an extra $31.00 without realising, I was told that happened because my password started with a 3? Not happy at all , bid of a shifty scam if you ask me, I wonder how many more people have made this mistake without even knowing

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on 24 January 2018

Went to Shu Restaurant for a friend's birthday. She wanted Chinese and this was an experience way beyond that. She is a foodie so when the waiter suggested the 7 course degestation menu we all went into his hands. She loved the textures tastes, the quirky use of everyday Chinese crockery for unexpected dining applications, the decor, the surroundings and the very expert knowledge of the host. She often said it reminded her of the vibrant restaurants she experienced in Shanghai, which meant it brought back fond memories as well as wonderful taste experiences. The waiter was also able to tell us where the name Shu came from, but if you want to know you will have to go there. By the way I loved every part of the dining experience at Shu as well and would recommend it highly to all.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on 13 January 2018

Thank you for a lovely meal. Enjoyed the tasting menu, good value for money and the service was great.

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OpenTable Diner 
1.0  Dined on 7 December 2017

Really disappointed with Shu. The restaurant is trying to be an edgy fine dining experience, but the IKEA lamps on the tables and generally strange and cold ambience felt cheap and tacky, like a school project. The food was bad; most dishes felt the same, they were over salted, and produce quality was Poor (dry dehydrated peas in the stir fry). The service was slow (5-30 mins between courses of the vegan degustation). We were so disappointed with this place. Do yourself a favour and go somewhere established and just get your favourite meal, you're not missing anything if you skip Shu.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on 7 December 2017

Excellent service and great food. Had the 10 course vegan degustation menu. So nice as a vegetarian to have different food offered that I could not replicate at home. Nice to just have it come out and not make choices! Servings just right. Didn't over indulge. Ordered the avocardo "cheese"cake as extra and was very nice.

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OpenTable Diner 
2.0  Dined on 2 December 2017

As a group of 4 we had heard great things about Shu Collingwood & as my wife is Vegan, the Vegan Degustation had great expectations. With a 7:30 booking on Saturday night, we were seated at a nice table and although a large private function was in the rear of the restaurant, it was not yet full. Initial drink orders were taken & we all requested the Degustation menu (3 traditional at $65 per head & 1 Vegan at $55). Service dropped off from there - it was really slow between courses & gathered it was due to the 10 expected courses. From here, we were not offered another drink for the night - for any service we'd wave down one of 2 staff (?), most of there time looking after the rather loud function. But it's Saturday night & we're out for a good time. Problem now, is that drinks that have been ordered - simply do not arrive. Finally after 6 servings of predominantly little morsels with the odd share dish - we are promptly advised that "we hope that was okay, there's no dessert as we've sold out". With that we decide we're done & again flag down a waiter & ask for the bill. This turns out to be just before the "entertainment" arrives for the function & once again we are forgotten. So we wave down the waiter again & make a 2nd request for the bill, with admittedly apologies for the delay & advice it's on it's way. Ten minutes later & we've had enough - CAN WE HAVE THE BILL ...PLEASE ! Finally on the 3rd occasion a bill arrives & surprise, one of our lost drinks has been found - on the bill, not on our table. Again staff were very apologetic for the error & corrected it. All in all, maybe it was just a bad night, the unusual private function taking the attention of staff but the food was nothing special. I would struggle to recommend a particular dish - service was haphazard at best & for a 7:30 sitting surely for a long standing restaurant they are able to plan & cater for dessert ?

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on 20 October 2017

If you are in Melbourne you simply must do the vegan degustation - even if you are a carnivore :)

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on 15 September 2017

Service was impeccable.
Food was some of the best I've had the pleasure eating as a vegan.
The wine was perfect.
My partner had an amazing time for her birthday.
It was a first for us both doing a disgustation and we loved every moment of it.
We are both very excited to come back and enjoy the beautiful vibe, food and staff that is Shu.
9/10.
Wonderful work guys.
Thank you so much.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on 26 August 2017

We loved our evening at Shu! The vegan degustation menu was brilliant - and we're not even vegetarian! Very reasonably priced, too. The cocktails were very enticing, the decor was creative and added a great vibe, the service was excellent and the owner was very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on 11 August 2017

A lovely night had by all. Great food and Shu himself was delightful

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on 26 July 2017

I am certainly impressed by the variety of dishes and different taste of each dish. all very delicate spicy yet subtle. What's more being a non vegetarian the vegan experience totally impressed and convinced me that vegetarian food can be delicious. Loved the herb garden entree.

Whilst this degustation menu is near perfect I would personally like to finish this up with a little carb I.e a small fried rice or steamed mixed veg rice or noodles.

Nevertheless, this restaurant is highly recommended. Kudos to the chef!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on 21 July 2017

I dined at Shu with 2 friends and we had the 10 course vegan degustation and then shared the avocado cheesecake for dessert. The degustation was only $50pp and a total steal. The cheesecake was far beyond what I expected! I would highly recommend Shu to friends and family.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on 12 July 2017

I love going to SHU. It's a treat for your tastebuds. Shu is Chinese food, but not like you've grown up with. Shu's take on the food he learned to cook growing up is modern, zesty varied and fun. Groovy without being snobby, foodie without being fussy, I've never had a bad meal there and it's a quite spectacular eating experience. Do the tasting menu. It's essential.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on 6 July 2017

My partner and I had heard great reviews of the 10 course detestation and we weren't disappointed. Staff was friendly, the ambience is relaxed with quirky but fun decor. The food was exceptional and affordable.

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OpenTable Diner 
1.0  Dined on 5 May 2017

it was dead, this should have been a red flag to walk back out, but considering how half of the reviews were rating it a must try, we sat down. I ordered the meat degustation and my friend ordered the vegan. 10 courses and 8 were not edible, 2 were ok. either too spicy, too salty or too bland. my meat degustation included 3 vegan dishes??? don't waste your time here

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WoodyBertie 
4.0  Dined on 31 March 2017

WE had the 10 course vegan degustation - all of which was delicious. The selection of beers was also very good but unfortunately they had run out of vegan wines (please stock more !). The only downside was the harsh decor with hard surfaces all around which made ambient noise very loud. Also, the teen music playing was not well selected considering most of their clientele were middle-aged.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on 14 February 2017

Really interesting out there restaurant very Collingwood. Staff were great not too over crowded just right for an intimate dinner for two people.

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Suim 
5.0  Dined on 11 February 2017

We have been here a few times now and love it. The vegan degustation menu is amazing. Vegan wine options as well. Great atmosphere - loud, modern, great vibe.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on 28 January 2017

So many vegan options. Love the vegan degustation which lets you try all the vegan dishes on the menu. Great value, too

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Zozz 
5.0  Dined on 14 December 2016

Incredible food, great service, very reasonably priced

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on 11 December 2016

Absolutely delicious! The vegan degustation was sensational. So fresh and flavourful.

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OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined on 9 December 2016

Food was great, perhaps slightly over priced. Service was also good, however this restaurant severely lacked atmosphere, we were the only ones in the restaurant on a Friday night.

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OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined on 7 December 2016

Shu has funky decor, great service and mixed food quality. The eggplant plant rolls were dry however the tofu in spicy sauce was tasty with good texture. We ordered a second tofu dish which was bland.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on 4 December 2016

All you can eat dumplings. Pork, fish and vegan. All nice but a little more variety would have made it perfect. Great service

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on 30 November 2016

It was a trully wonderful experience. The place is delightfully funky and the food is delicious

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OpenTable Diner 
2.0  Dined on 5 November 2016

weird joint with terrible service. had to ask for everything, even another drink. and when id ask, she get me one, then everyone else at the table would have to ask without her ever asking "can i get another drink for you". it went on all night. it was comically bad. ontop of all that I ordered the prawns and had to de-shell them myself. jees i hate that! i know they wont read this or care so not even sure why im wasting my time.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on 29 October 2016

Really Great food and cool atmosphere, would have been nice if the waiter was just a little bit more attentive as he seemed a little distracted even though there were only 5 people in the restaurant. However he was lovely. We both had the Degustation which was great.

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JoshS 
5.0  Dined on 14 October 2016

Fun and interesting food. You receive a good variety of dishes, which is nice. The vegan avocado "cheesecake" dessert is incredible.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on 8 October 2016

Looking for a unique and interesting place to eat? Here it is. Good menu, good food (without being fantastic) and a fun place to be. Get away from the Brunswick Street crowd and find this place. It's not hard, it's lit up in neon!

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