Shu Restaurant

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

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Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 17 September 2018

Ends: 17 March 2019

Availability: Tue 18:00-20:30

What 91 People Are Saying
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M
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
2 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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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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