Shu Restaurant

4.5
79 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Asian
Top tags:
  • Vegan
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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

Christmas day and Boxing day: 6pm - 9pm
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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

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

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

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Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 17 September 2018

Ends: 17 March 2019

Availability: Tue 18:00-20:30

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 $99 (Vegan Wines)

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Valid For: 2 - 20 people

Starts: 1 January 2018

Ends: 17 March 2019

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

What 79 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
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SN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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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A
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was a shame that my table was by a door and the tape didn’t cover all the gaps. The breeze coming from the bottom gap kept me cold

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KC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a lovely evening with such delicious food, creatively presented. The service was terrific and attentive.

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JW
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Shu is a hidden gem on Johnson St. Incredible Vegan banquet.
Charming hosts.
Relaxed and fancy at the same time.

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BA
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic creative vegan food in a super cute venue. Excellent service, good wines, really fun night.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food at Shu was a surprise and delight, we had the vegan degustation and it was interesting and original, and sensational value, lovely host and a great experience

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BB
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were amazing and the food was out of this world. Definitely recommend and will be returning.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My partner and I came here for our second anniversary and we both ordered the 10 course vegan degustation. I had read reviews about how small the portions were and I was a bit weary however I was pleasantly surprised. Each course was delicious and well put together. The noodle and pan fried tofu dishes were my two stand outs for the night.

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BW
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Shu takes Chinese Cuisine to a new level. Bringing family recipes and creating special dishes that bring everyone at the table together. And Shu can offer this in Vegan too! #goShu Shu made our Mother's Day luncheon super special for our Mums.

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JO
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Choice of either Vegan Degustation or Seafood/Meat Degustation. We have dined many times before here but it was my choice for a special birthday. We chose the Vegan Degustation but Shu without hesitation kindly accommodated us by a special request for additional meat/seafood dishes for sharing amongst guests who wanted this. The food is intricate, delicious, distinctively special. Great selection from small cocktail and wine list, well balanced. The restaurant space needs to be seen to be believed. A very special place that needs to be experienced, words cannot describe it. Shu is a wonderful host.

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AD
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The 10 course Vegan degustation menu is sublime. And at $55 a head, ridiculously good value.

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TG
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

$ value is good
Food is ok
We personaly didnt like the atmosphere/decor - if anything we thought the place looks a bit dirty
Service was terribly long - we were there for almost 3 hours and couldnt wait to leave towards the end
Overall experience was ok but will not go back and wouldnt recommend

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SR
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food at Shu was absolutely beautiful - one of the best meals I've ever had! With every bite my friends and I were shocked vegan food could be so delicious! Cannot recommend Shu highly enough.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant has lovely, friendly staff, and it has a terrific atmosphere, very nice food. Maybe not the wine though with the Vegan meal, my daughter was very unwell mixing white, red and Rosè wines.

Fantastic music, the bathroom with its colour changing lights were very cool indeed.
For a little restaurant it has a big presence with very bold flavours in the food.

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KT
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to the autumn menu launch. Had a great night. Shu is a wonderful host and service, wine and food was fantastic. Thanks for the staff group photos! We will be back 😊

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T
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The overall experience was good but felt like there were still some teething issues being worked out. A lot of positives, always with a 'but'.

Each dish was tasty and creative, but cold. Even the ones you felt should be hot, like the spring roll and fried tofu. There were large delays between servings. We arrived at seven and it was after ten by the time the last dish arrived. This can be normal for a degustation, but the waits here felt a little too long. The music was a little too loud and the temperature a little too cold for comfortable conversation.

Shu's decor is quirky and unique. A feast for the eyes but like the food it felt cold... the cool autumn night amplified by the chilled metal dining table.

It was a fun dining experience with a lot going for it. A good night with some good food and excellent company... but didn't quite hit the mark for me.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent food , excellent service , great value , very creative with the menu and the dishes , flavoursome and perfect portions , attentive and friendly wait service

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HB
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food. Had the 10 course vegan degestation with a bottle of wine (also vegan). Amazing food, beautiful presentation and service was fantastic. Loved every moment. Will deffinatly be back.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the pleasure of coming on Easter Saturday , with my husband and daughter , for the 5course degustation menu . The location was great in the trendy suburb of Collingwood . The decor is quirky but lovely.
My husband is a vegan and it was amazing to find a restaurant that understands and knows how to cook and present tasty vegan food in a very sophisticated way.
Value for money and service was very personable and efficient .
Highly recommend this little jewel of a restaurant.
Baby/pram friendly too which is a plus !
Annie Mahony .

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NA
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Food was of good quality, however not enough wait staff when restaurant got quite busy.

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