Veganopoulous and Cates Cates who were far more punctual than me in posting about the meal.
My favourite of the three was the cucumber, seaweed and soybean skin. The silky creamy mixture melted in my mouth while the seeds added a pleasing crunchy contrast. The daikon roll of enoki mushrooms was spectacular to look at but a mystery as to how to eat it in polite company. I used my fingers, which perhaps was not the most dignified way to eat it. I liked the soft silken tofu and crunchy sprouts but was took busy avoiding the spicy sauce to appreciate it fully.
One of my favourite dishes of the night was the Beetroot and wood ear roll. I enjoy spring rolls but the filling is all a bit sameish. Beetroot and mushroom gave such novel and delicious filling. I found the tofu pockets filling a bit gritty and was not a huge fan. I loved the wonton. The home made wrappers were noticeably more prominent and satisfying in texture and flavour than the regular wrappers I am used to and it was a lovely filling.
I regret that I don't have a photos worth sharing of the Wok fried seasonal vegetables with dried chilli and Sichuan pepper. I have had such bad experiences of Chinese vegetables covered in an MSG goo that I was so delighted in how fresh and nicely flavoured these vegies tasted. It was one of my stand-out dishes of the night.
Finally we were served a Raw avocado cheesecake with blackberry syrup and toasted coconut chips. This was a really nice light dessert at the end of a large meal. It was lightly sweetened with a pleasing tang to it. The talking point was the jellied fruit cubes. In my notes I have written "lychee and agar cubes???" and can only surmised that this was what a guest surmised. It was a stunning and memorable end to a great dinner.
You might remember that I started the post talking about vacuuming the car. At the end of the meal I offered Cindy and Michael a lift home. When I took out the child seats I was horrified at the crumbly mess beneath them. I covered it up with a rug and vacuumed the car soon after.
Disclosure: I was invited to Shu by the proprietor and paid by the honest box at the end of the meal. I was not obliged to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.
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