Shu Restaurant

4.5
98 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Asian
Top tags:
  • Vegan
  • Good for a Date
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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.
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NT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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

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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

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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!

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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.

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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

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SM
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.

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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.

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M
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.

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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!

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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

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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!

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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.

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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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A
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Had the vegan degustation. Food was average at best and VERY salty. Made a comment to the staff about it being very salty and the waitress then proceeded to ignore the table for the rest of the evening. Also very small portions.

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JL
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved our experience here. Food was fabulous as was the service.
Value for money. Relaxing environment.
Cant wait to go back

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PT
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had a really lovely vegan meal at Shu on the evening of Christmas Day. The staff were great and the food was amazing.

The only disappointment was not being able to enjoy the complimentary cheese and biscuits (the cheeses weren’t labelled so we were unable to tell which was vegan).

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M
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner on Christmas day at Shu.
The atmosphere was fantastic, the food was amazing, the staff super friendly!
I can't wait to go back!

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AS
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

Vegan degustation started out strong but the dishes quickly became uninspired and all had the same flavour. Can't complain too much as it was 10 courses for $55 and we left feeling full. Service was good, but the kitchen was definitely overwhelmed with the small amount of people seated and we were waiting 25 minutes in between courses.
Overall glad we went and experienced it, but wouldn't go back for the degustation. Maybe try the a la carte menu next time if we're in the area.

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K
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Hi. First time I visited I loved this restaurant. This time the wait staff did not know the menu and spilled drinks on us.

If these things can be sorted out I recommend this restaurant for the vegan degustation. It is great value.

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SN
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it. only thing is it took over 2.5hrs for our 10 course degustation. Just the breaks inbetween didn't need to be as long. But it was delicious and well worth it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The $25 experimental set meal was such good value for money. It was also just different and fun. I highly recommend. The staff are also lovely.

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EB
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Vegan degustation was out of this world, each bite was so full of flavor. Wine pairings were perfect. So much value at such a great price point. Will definitely come again

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J
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved this place, came for the all you can eat dumplings. Super quirky, funky place, good vibes and lots of great food, loved the little vegan side dishes that came with the dumplings aswell, got soooo much for the price, we wouldn’t of gotten half of that for 28 dollars anywhere else so I’d highly recommend and I’d definitely come back

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h
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Shu was our host and an absolute pleasure, made our dining experience memorable and informative!
Vegan degustation was sublime.
Will definitely be visiting whenever I’m in Melbourne.

Claire

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SM
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I went for the $25.0 Vegan menu 5 courses, it was wonderful. I tasted Vegan food that I had
not had before.
Highly recommend it.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the vegan tasting menu. Would definitely go back. Such great value

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SG
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

such an amazing night all round, the food was absolutely incredible and the service was somehow better! The interiors were also stunning and beautiful to be seated within

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TC
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great mix of food. Loved the scallop sashimi and the fried chicken was yum! Cool restaurant with a chilled out vibe.

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B
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place gives off funky vibes, never seen a place like it! The 10 course vegan degustation was perfectly timed and we left feeling satisfied. The avocado cheesecake was definitely a winner for me! Will be back for sure! :)

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PA
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

We had a group there for dinner with the vegan degustation, it was delicious and perfect for the occasion.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

5 course vegan banquet was delicious! staff were well informed and friendly. funky decor with clear plastic chairs - cool! ordered a side of crispy fried chicken for the non vegans - also very yummy

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JP
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Vegan degustation was delicious, albeit not super filling. Still worth a shot!

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m
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nothing more to say than amazing food, amazing venue, amazing service and queer friendly which was a nice bonus for my partner and I

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SM
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really love this place, highly recommend
They go out of their way to create interesting food for vegans
The food is so tasty with great exploration with their use of different herbs
The decor is so much fun to be around
The staff are very nice and obliging

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MG
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice and cosy, staff were friendly and helpful, my wife and I had a good time for our wedding anniversary

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j
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

the dinning area was a bit cold because there was no heater

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AL
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Absolutely loved it, had every dish explained to us and the wine pairings matched perfectly, the three hours we spent there flew by. As people without a lot of desposable income who rarely dine out, this was absolutely worth the money for the service and experience (and the food was amazing! We were stuffed by the end)

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SK
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service and food was beautifully presented. Shu himself was a great host and made us feel very comfortable. Vegan degustation was delicious, favourite was the watermelon tatare and silken tofu.

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BD
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A very well constructed degustation menu. Each course was different in its own way, but still worked well together. The knowledge that there is a degustation menu that is entirely vegan AND delicious is amazing.
Service was also amazing, very attentive and the layed back vibe of the restaurant was very welcoming.

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JP
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely spot - the fit out is really nice and not what we were expecting. The vegan degustation was incredible (even for a carnivore!) and so filling. Really fresh, beautifully presented food. I'd love to see the restaurant become busier to help the vibe as it should be pumping! Keep up the great work.

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