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“Quality food”
Review of Shu

Shu
Ranked #427 of 18,343 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Odeon / Saint-Michel
Reviewed January 4, 2014

There are only 3 set menus to choose from and they don’t do a la carte. Upon sitting down you will be presented with towels to freshen yourself up. My other half and I went for the middle menu, not too big nor too small.

The food is really good quality and the waitresses are all Japanese who know Japanese, French and English. They will explain every dish when presented before you and extra condiments can be requested. Every dish is beautifully presented and we were thoroughly impressed with the presentation.

Of special mention is the sashimi which tasted really fresh. To someone who adores sashimi, you can tell that the seafood was expertly cut with a good knife and by very skilled hands. This is something you can only find in Japan where chefs have to go through very thorough training and stringent courses with exams.

The roasted barley tea is recommended. It has a slight roasted taste to it but not enough to make you feel like you’re drinking grilled food. You can request to top up your tea pot with hot water after the first round is finished to maximise the flavour from the tea leaves.

This restaurant is easy to find if you know which exit to come out from the Metro. The Metro at St Michel exit 4 would be the nearest. The door is really inconspicuous and nearly invisible unless you go there intentionally to look for it. Reservations are encouraged as we nearly didn’t get a seat. Our reservation was at 9pm but we turned up early at 7pm when they were nearly full already. Fortunately we managed to get a seat. Don’t take chances and make your reservations early.

Expect to pay a price for the quality of the food and level of attention paid to the customer. However for this level of fine dining, the price is considered to be in the lower range, which gives the consumer value for money.

Overall 5 stars for the food and level of service. Not a meal to be consumed every day, but something to pamper yourself and a loved one with.

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2  Thank greasystains
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Let me start by saying that we are fans of japanese food, and we try it everywhere in the world, including Japan. This is not a bad restaurant, but has two serious problems. The first one is that they have only fixed menus, all of them expensive, and very similar to each other. The second problem is that the menus are made mainly of kushiage, that is to say, small pieces of pan-fried stuff. The only way to escape from 15 pieces of that (yes, 15), is by choosing the most expensive fix menu, which costs 63 euros. In this case you "only" have 9 pieces of kushiage, which are replaced by three small plates (which are better simply because they are not more of the same). There is nothing wrong with kushiage, but after 6-8 pieces it all tastes the same. A suggestion to the chef would be to provide more sauces -in order to introduce some variety of flavour. Not bad, but a bit monotone and rather expensive restaurant.

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3  Thank Sandra K
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Great experience. Beautiful and cosy modern setting. Great Japanese customer service and top quality food. No sushi though. A little jewel in a tourist trap plagued area!

1  Thank Epicurians000
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

All of the staff are Japanese and the food is quite delicious. But it is a little bit expensive and underground location is difficult to find. Staff are very kind.

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Thank Kevin G
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

When visiting Shu you can always be sure :) that the evening you've spent will be memorable, relaxing and just great.
I wish this place all the best and I hope there will be a lot more evenings I'll spent there.

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Thank kukuruku
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