Shu Restaurant

4.4
60 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Asian
Top tags:
  • Vegan
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasions
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)

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Valid For: 2 - 20 people

Starts: 1 January 2018

Ends: 25 August 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: Type-43-DefaultNoteToDiners

Valid For: 2 - 20 people

Starts: 1 January 2018

Ends: 25 August 2018

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

What 60 People Are Saying
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BD
4.0Dined 5 days ago

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
5.0Dined 7 days ago

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
3.0Dined on 7 July 2018

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
5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

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

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JW
5.0Dined on 21 June 2018

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
5.0Dined on 15 June 2018

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

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DS
5.0Dined on 14 June 2018

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
5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

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

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OT
5.0Dined on 18 May 2018

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
5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

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
5.0Dined on 8 May 2018

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
5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

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

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TG
2.0Dined on 5 May 2018

$ 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
5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

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
4.0Dined on 1 May 2018

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
5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

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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D
3.0Dined on 27 April 2018

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
5.0Dined on 18 April 2018

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
5.0Dined on 18 April 2018

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
5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

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
3.0Dined on 30 March 2018

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

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NJ
5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Amazing food, fabulous service.
I had the vegan degustation which was incredible and I’m not vegan.

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RM
5.0Dined on 23 March 2018

An inexpensive way to have a fancy vegan date night. Thank you!

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EC
5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Amazingly creative space and great vibe! Good venue for groups of couples. The owner (and head chef) spent the night on the floor make sure everyone’s experience was perfect. It was great to meet him and hear his story. His passion for his business radiated from him.

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AC
5.0Dined on 16 March 2018

I’m not vegan but my date was and we both really enjoyed our meals (I can highly recommend the Steamed Eggplants). There was a nice selection of wines, the staff you friendly, and the decor is truly unique.
My only gripe was the that toilet light was set to constantly change colour. I found that a bit dissorienting.
Anyway, great place! I’ll defiantly be back.

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G
4.0Dined on 10 March 2018

A great night out. We had the carnivore degustation menu. 10 dishes. 8 out of 10 dishes were delicious. Not a huge fan of the accompaniment with the silken tofu and the avocado based dessert. Loved the pork dumplings spring rolls, scallop sashimi, beef tartare, chicken cutlet and noodle dish.

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M
5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Amazing restaurant, the service was fantastic, and the food and wine were to die for!

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CG
5.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Enjoyed celebrating a birthday with the degustation with meat and seafood and thoroughly enjoyed all courses. Great atmosphere, attentive and friendly staff and amazing flavours in every dish. Great value for money and a real experience.

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DL
5.0Dined on 2 March 2018

Shu definitely exceeded expectations. We shared the Vegan Degustation that was such a bang for your buck. The flavours were strong, textures were creative and wine pairing was awesome. The following evening we went to another Vegan Degustation that was double the price and didn't even come close in terms of quality of food. Go to Shu and eat Vegan!

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b
3.0Dined on 27 February 2018

The decore was hectic - looked like they wanted to do something “edgy” but some of the execution was a bit haphazard/ sloppy/ cheaply done. It was still kinda fun. The impression I had of Shu before my visit was that it is more fine dining but it isn’t. Service is warm, friendly, attentive, professional but casual. Vegan tasting menu was delicious! I’d definitely recommend it. Great value for $55.

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CG
4.0Dined 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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c
3.0Dined 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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JM
5.0Dined 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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OT
5.0Dined 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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OT
1.0Dined 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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OT
5.0Dined 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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OT
2.0Dined 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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OT
5.0Dined 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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OT
4.0Dined 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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OT
5.0Dined 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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