Ate here last night while on a short visit to Belfast. It was a cold Monday night in January, so Shu was only a quarter full and lacked the buzz and atmosphere other reviewers mention.
I was very surprised to see that dishes on the A La Carte menu, which attracted me, were also on the £22.50 set menu, so I asked if portion sizes were any different and was told they were all the same. So opting for the set menu saved me £3.50!
We started with Foie Gras parfait with apple jelly and spiced apple puree, walnut and raisin bread, which was faultless. But for some reason the waiter looked at me as if I were a lunatic when I asked for some Sauternnes to go with it!
My main was pigeon breasts (about 4 of them), with blackberries, beetroot, cavolo nero and delicious roast potatoes. It was a delicious winter dish - gamey and earthy, but some of the pigeon was a little tough and some was just right; that's game for you! It was a little disconcerting to bite onto a ball of shot, but once again that's game for you (although the waiter claimed that had never happened before). My partner had horseraddish crusted blade of beef with a lovely smoked potato mash, but my pigeon looked a more hearty dish.
Pudding was a lovely yoghurt panna cotta with rhubarb and ginger for me, and roasted and spiced pineapple for the partner which was also good.
Shu was very nice. I was expecting a bit more "fine dining" elements such as table cloths, amuzes bouches etc, but I guess the Belfast market doesn't go for that. Instead you get an attractive menu, good local food cooked well without pretention, at affordable prices.
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