Shu Restaurant

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141 reviews
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$41 to $100
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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.

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: 17 April 2020

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

10 course Vegan Degustation with 1 cocktail and 4 wines $120

Enjoy our popular 10 Course Vegan Degustation Menu with 1 cocktail and 4 wines.

Terms and Conditions: Available for minimum 2 diners.

Valid For: 2 - 20 people

Starts: 25 March 2019

Ends: 30 April 2020

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

10 course Sichuan Degustation with 1 cocktail and 4 wines $130

Enjoy our popular 10 Course Sichuan Degustation Menu with 4 matching wines, plus a cocktail to start.

Terms and Conditions: Available for minimum 2 diners.

Valid For: 2 - 20 people

Starts: 25 March 2019

Ends: 30 April 2020

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

10 course Sichuan Degustation $65 (meat and seafood included)

inspired by the southern China Sichuan cuisine, this set menu is showcases our best talent. From the sizzling spicy flavors to the exotic aroma of spice and the intricate textural experience on your palette, this 10 course Degustation gives you the complete experience of contemporary Chinese dining. Also available our signature Vegan Degustation with the same style but purely plant based cooking.

Terms and Conditions: .

Valid For: 2 - 20 people

Starts: 17 October 2019

Ends: 17 April 2020

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

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 $120 (Vegan Wines)

Terms and Conditions: .

Valid For: 2 - 20 people

Starts: 5 April 2018

Ends: 17 April 2020

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

What 141 People Are Saying
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SW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Pretty sure the 10 course vegan degustation is only 9 courses

i
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

excellent customer sevice. food very tasty, on the spicey side however this is sichuan cuisine so to be expected. matched wines at $85 on top of set menu cost seems very expensive so did not take this option.

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner very much - the ambience, waiter and degustacion menu. Two suggestions: provide a plate for cutlery as it is reused for entire meal; slow the pace of serving each course.

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The waiting time between meals is too long
Food is okay

RC
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is incredible and the staff are all beautiful people. Will always recommend this restaurant for those who love a funky vibe and delicious Szechuan food

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience2

Service was impeccable but they seated us in the back section that was cold as heater was a big space and only the four of us (much busier in other section), to be fair the waiter did offer me a blanket. But this was not the dining experience I was after. They finally at dessert time moved us when a sewerage problem caused a waft to linger.

So ambience sadly took away from interesting food and good service.

YM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

The 10 course menu was misleading as the first 6 “courses” came out in two settings, the food looked beautiful but lacked flavour and at one point the waitress bought over a non vegetarian dish and had to rush back to take it before we ate it.

I had seen the social media for Shu for a long time and was very disappointed with my visit.

EB
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Limited food choice - and menu different to online and expensive
No option for small entree or mains
Just one option

K
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fantastic and inventive food! If there could be warmer/ hot dishes rather than at room temperature that’d be better!

d
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service. Thanks for the lovely vegan options!!

AB
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Vegan degustation was delicious. My only recommendation is maybe not have every dish be so spicy. The atmosphere was great and staff were very attentive. I would definitely recommend.

JC
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful experience. The waitress was available, yet gave us privacy. Plus she was welcoming and well informed on the menu.
We found the chains hanging from the ceiling a little confusing and out of place, however the remaining decor was pleasant.
The real winner here was the food.
10/10 for presentation.
A great night! Will return!

CW
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommend the Vegan 5 course experimental dishes. Very creative dishes and fun to try.

CM
Denver
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An amazing experience - beautiful food and wine, and great quality for the price. The staff were very friendly and responsive.

SS
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Shu is by far my favourite restaurant for vegan food! The flavours are unbelievably good, and the service is amazing. Spoiler alert: the decor and atmosphere is also 10/10. Been many times, and will go many more times!

KC
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautifully presented good that is a delight to the eyes and a tingle to the taste buds. The staff know the menu well and can guide choices

CA
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

LH
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

AG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Great for a festive occasion, especially with a group.

N
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing vegan degustation at a very reasonable price!

S
London
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

MT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

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
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

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
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

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
5 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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