Some of the positive reviews on here seem to have awfully fortunate (gratis, cough) experiences, that wasn’t any of the sort on our night in both fashions. After a solid afternoon of being cool with boardgames we headed into the depths of Lygon Street to explore some new eatin’. I was so keen to get my first try of Tibetan cuisine at Shimbu but it ended up disappointing and now might be one cuisine type my group might avoid.
Service was rather laboured with items coming out slowly and drinks being forgotten by the staff. There was only one and half people on the floor for a reasonably busy night, so not sure what was up with that. One of our mains was the pork belly and this came out in a frustrating diced form, wasn’t quite the dish we had been hoping for. I think to get the most out of this place you have to fork out for a huge platter, and it doesn’t make for great value for money as a result.
The guys ordered a chicken bedhai curry-type dish to share and said it was okay. There’s two facets of the menu being modern and traditional but I would have preferred one menu that would be nailed in selections. Items came out in a seemingly random order. The fit out at Shimbu is funky at the very least, though I wish they invested a bit more in the service and the menu instead. Avoid for now.