Shu Restaurant

4.5
125 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Asian
Top tags:
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
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.

Special Offers

"Experimental" vegan night - 5 dishes | $25pp

5 Vegan dishes created by the chef as an experiment with fresh new season produce.
$25 per head

Terms and Conditions: Unfortunately we won't be able to cater for dietary nor allergy requirements.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 25 March 2019

Ends: 31 August 2019

Availability: Tue-Wed 18:00-18:15 19:00-19:15 20:00-20:15

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: 5 April 2018

Ends: 1 October 2019

Availability: Wed-Sat 18:00-19:30

What 125 People Are Saying
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CA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was beautiful. The only way I think it could be improved would be 6 dishes for$30.

SH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious and our server was very friendly! My only comment is that the servings were quite small (though not outrageously expensive). I think next time I would go for the ten course degustation.

SM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Unique food with a twist. Foodie's paradise. Will be back

LH
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The 10 course vegan degustation was amazing, and service was top notch.

AG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good and different vegan food on the Tuesday. Fantastic staff and service, really interesting and unique set up and decorations.

BC
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great for a festive occasion, especially with a group.

N
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thanks for your efforts SHU, WE felt like VIP , so personal, so effortless, You and your team did oh-so-well😍

From start to end, it felt like we were on a journey, where each dish, beat the one before, fully exceeded our every expectation, delivering powerfully like New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Adern, concise, influential, simple and leading by following no one.

RW
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I booked and thought the vegan taster was unavailable and was pleasantly surprised to find out it available Wednesday night at well five courses for $25 is a fantastic value. it is a rolling menu that changes each week and the quality of the food is exceptional. Will be recommending to my vegan friends as a venue to check out unique dishes for very reasonable prices.

N
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing vegan degustation at a very reasonable price!

S
London
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food. What a breath of fresh air! Definitely going back!

MT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had the vegan degustation and was really impressed by the creative flavour combinations - silken tofu and passionfruit! Amazing! Makes me want to try out the Vegan experimental nights on Tuesdays.

k
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

The staff were terribly unprofessional (at one point a staff member who was serving our table was chewing food). Another was clearly unenthused about serving us and both were visibly frustrated with us for taking a little time to order. This is the second time I've been here and I experienced the same problems, with the same staff. Won't be back again. A shame because the food is great - as is the aesthetic.

HL
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Me and my mum both had a fantastic time and will probably come again in the near future

e
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came for the vegan menu. Delicious. Lovely staff and lovely place - highly recommend

K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

It was a nice restaurant but the food was a bit of a miss. We ordered off the menu and none of the dishes really stood out. Very good value but would not go back again.

MR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This quaint and cute venue was everything I hoped it would be. The food was amazing and the $25 vegan experimental dinner is an absolute bargain. The food was adventurous but delicious. I would recommend this vegan experience to anyone

a
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Nice tasting food although small quantity.
I was a bit disappointed that the food came out so slowly. We booked over a week in advance for mother's day and said we were hoping to be finished in 1.5 hours. But ended up staying 3 hours because there was only 1 chef? and a full restaurant.

The waiter was lovely and kept apologising.

K
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went To Shu for my 50th on a weds night, we had amazing 10 course vegan degustation with matching wines. Lovingly made, fresh, creative dishes and fabulous wine. Lovely service from Shu personally. Was special evening!

D
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great value for money
I’ve been here a couple of times and will always be back
The service is impeccable as I haven’t ever had service like it
Keep the good food coming

MM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The $25 vegan experimental menu I tried was absolutely delicious and great value for money, highly recommended.

DK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

The decor and lighting was beautiful and tranquil. The aroma from the oil diffusers was also relaxing. The service was as expected. The food was okay except for the noodle dish. There was not much choice when it came to drinks and the music was way too loud.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was great and the staff were fabulous at explaining all the experimental dishes. We loved the whole thing and it’s great value for money.

DD
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Servings were small. The best part of our 5 course was the dessert. After the 5 course we had to order more food. It was really small

KC
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food is so creatively presented and delicious. It's such a fun place to eat

MH
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was exquisite, wine and beverage choice excellent, staff friendly and great service - but suggest owner and others ducking into the side line for regular cigarette breaks gives a bad look

IF
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Actually such a good time! It was so lovely to have a cool thing put together for vegans! I've recommended to several friends already :)

LB
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely hip and colourful atmosphere.
Delicious food (bit too spicy for me at times) think the soba noodles with zuchinni and persimmon was my fav! The cashew cheese fig was pretty awesome too. In short, loving the experimentation.

NT
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Things started out well with a pretty and delicious first offering but the food went sharply down hill at each new dish. It was not busy but were waiting for 20 minutes or more between courses. The quirky fitout didn't make up for this lackadaisical attention, the waiter had time to drink wine and laugh with a friend while me and my date were literally checking our watches in between courses

AS
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I met Shu. Beautiful man beautiful restaurant. Food will make you feel special. I only want it all to get better; up and up. Rainbow marbles stripper pole in the bathroom needs a clean, poly plastic or clear vinyl render and then a buff and shine. xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

S
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely loved it! Went for the experimental vegan night and it was delicious!

JT
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

yea man noice. would recommend. bring your m9's and your family.

N
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

We got the vegan 10 course which cost $140 with 1 drink each and left feeling hungry and not satisfied. Some of the food was pretty tasty but majority was... ok? Definitely not worth $140 for 2 people

SM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Every time I go to Shu, and it’s been around half a dozen over five years, whether it’s for a dinner for two or a function of a few, I am always excited by the tantalizing variety of flavors and textures that I’m offered.

Always get the full degustation menu it’s brilliant!

They cater without fuss for all sorts of eating preferences and the service is happy, effective and available just when you need help.

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The food was delicious and innovative, which was as advertised! But we left hungry, and got a snack on the way home. For $25 I am not expecting a banquet, but the portions were very small, and came quite quickly. So what we planned as a semi fancy spontaneous date night ended up being a quick series of small bites, with hot chips on the way home.

We were offered options from the a-la-carte menu before dessert, which we declined, as we didn't know if those portions would be sized up, and couldn't justify another $20 and then also a serve of chips on the way home.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Shu was fantastic again! This was my second time dining here in 2 months, and it was just as impressive!
The menu was completely different to last time, and just as delicious.
We had the 10 course vegan degustation, and every dish was a work of art.
The service was superb as well.

MJ
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've been going to Shu upwards of 4 years now, and continually return for not only the amazing food, but also the atmosphere and their warm welcomes every time. It's my go to for a special occasion and never fails to meet and surpass my expectations. They'll continue see me again and again!

S
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The 10 course vegan degustation was delicious. My husband enjoyed it even not being vegan.
It was quite noisy so I had trouble hearing people at our table.
Quirky atmosphere. Thank you

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Was a bit disappointed with the food, although some of the dishes are good and interesting. But not all of them!

MD
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bought my boyfriend a vegan degustation for Christmas and it was incredible. The restaurant fitout was super fun and unexpected and the food was amazing. It was perfect.

LS
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely food and good service. A great find for vegan options. The degustation is recommended.

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