Shu Restaurant

4.5
110 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Asian
Top tags:
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • 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

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: 31 August 2019

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

10 course Vegan Degustation & Wine Matching $120

Enjoy our popular 10 Course Vegan Degustation Menu with 5 matching wines.

Terms and Conditions: Available for minimum 2 diners.

Valid For: 2 - 20 people

Starts: 25 March 2019

Ends: 31 July 2019

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

10 course Sichuan Degustation & Wine Matching $130 (Meat and Seafood)

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 July 2019

Availability: Thu-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 $99 (Vegan Wines)

Terms and Conditions: .

Valid For: 2 - 20 people

Starts: 5 April 2018

Ends: 1 October 2019

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

What 110 People Are Saying
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MR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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

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a
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

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.

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D
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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K
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

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MM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The $25 vegan experimental menu I tried was absolutely delicious and great value for money, highly recommended.

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DK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

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.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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DD
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

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

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KC
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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

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MH
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was exquisite, wine and beverage choice excellent, staff friendly and great service - but suggest owner and others ducking into the side line for regular cigarette breaks gives a bad look

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IF
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Actually such a good time! It was so lovely to have a cool thing put together for vegans! I've recommended to several friends already :)

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LB
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely hip and colourful atmosphere.
Delicious food (bit too spicy for me at times) think the soba noodles with zuchinni and persimmon was my fav! The cashew cheese fig was pretty awesome too. In short, loving the experimentation.

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NT
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
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
Melbourne / VIC
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
New York Area
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
Melbourne / VIC
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
Melbourne / VIC
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
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
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
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
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
Los Angeles
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
Melbourne / VIC
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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