Submitted Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 1:15am [Dine in]
Ugh - I get frustrated just thinking about my experience here.
We were finally greeted at the door with a rather chilly reception. The place was almost empty & the room felt icy cold.
Our server was slow, unenthusiastic & totally removed. She couldn't be bothered to answer any questions & barely grunted out her responses.
The menu was so annoying to look over. It was built entirely around the most obscure words - I can only assume they're not trying to make you feel like an idiot, but that's certainly what one feels like when wondering what EVERY.SINGLE.ITEM. is!? The wine list is totally...uninteresting, not to mention overpriced. (Good Grappa, though)
Our food came - bland, uninspired, and TINY. I don't get it at all - when you're 'playing poor' by slumming it beside the Ivanhoe, why would you charge an arm & a leg for miniscule portions?! More importantly, why would anyone ever go back?
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Submitted Monday, April 26, 2010 - 11:18pm [Dine in]
We called at the last minute for a table here for Dine Out Vancouver and we're so glad we did. They had no openings online, but apparently are holding spots for phone-ins. We got a nice table in a bustling restaurant - sweet!
The atmosphere is great; a Hidden Gem through and through. The restaurant's nestled in a residential area in Kits. From the warm reception, to dim lights, cute french music & prompt service, this place has it all.
As for the value: it was DOV, so you can't go wrong. They are in the $28 category, and no one in my party could believe the portion sizes. We're all pretty sure they must be losing money they're so huge. We were surprised to learn that they do a $28 menu all year long (early bird), and their regular menu is only $35. Not much different, and looks awesome too.
The food was really comfortable - not fancy, or frilly. Good size, flavour pairings & quality. The DOV winners were their buttermilk fried chicken appetizer (oh.my.god. I could've eaten 5 plates!), and both the pork tenderloin & duck confit were huge hits. The 3 people in my party each had a different dessert (creme brulee, a fruity flan, and a chocolate mousse), and we all loved them.
Service was incredible. Not overbearing and over-the-top. She had confident & knowledgeable answers to all our questions, was patient with our decisions & made some great wine recommendations. They're pros, you can tell.
I will definitely be back, and am not going to wait till DOV 2011!
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Submitted Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 9:19am [Dine in]
We had been to Cru once during Dine Out Vancouver and vowed to go back (hey - if you can impress during DOV, you deserve a second shot during a regular night!)
We were treating some out of town guests to dinner a few months back, and thought this would be the perfect place to take them - I cringe remembering the details. We got an early reso, 5:30 I think. There was one other table sat in this small space, guess where the server tried to seat us - *RIGHT BESIDE* the other table. We whispered a request to sit across from them instead (whispered because there was no music or other sound at all - bristly & cold, with the clanking of forks on plates), and the host hummed & hawed like we were pulling teeth! He begrudgingly relented.
The price of the menu was pretty high & I could tell it made my guests uncomfortable that they were being treated. They both said that they weren't very hungry & they'd just have mains. I had to insist that we have all have 3 courses - I was sure it'd be worth it. After we ordered our wine (a great selection, though!) the music came on, and it was just..awkward. It was loud (we now couldn't hear each other even though there were still only 2 tables), and filled with repetitive beats. The appetizers were good - the highlight being the beef carpaccio. As for the mains, the tenderloin which was tender and tasty, and was well complimented by the sides. All 3 other dishes were barely luke warm & to say the portions are tiny is an understatement. They were minuscule. However, the meat is butterflied to make it *look* larger, if that counts for much.
I truly think that Cru needs to reconsider their prices. For the prix fixe, 2 of the appies are salads, 1 is soup, and the other is trim (read: left over bit) from an entree, the tenderloin. I love food, and don't mind paying a tonne for good food & service, but this simply didn't even come close to delivering.
Service was...fine. He filled our wine and was pleasant. He was a professional - no frills or attempts at conversation.
I wouldn't recommend Cru.
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Submitted Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 8:09pm [Dine in]
We decided to try out Grub after hearing a few positive reviews from friends, and are certainly glad that we did. We called at the last minute, and almost backed out of going when the server said how completely open the restaurant was (nobody likes an empty place, do they?). We were seated promptly at two tables pulled together in the window area. I guess they like for people walking/driving by to see bodies inside, but the area was extremely drafty. There was only one other table there, but they were rambunctious & made it seem busier than it was. The menu is teeny tiny, but there are two accompanying blackboards with features - 1/2 vegetarian & 1/2 meat. We all shared a pizza to start - tasty & thin but still crisp, but the dough needed more salt. Two of us went with the artichoke & cheese canneloni, and the other two had the halibut feature and all 4 of us loved our dishes. The fish was perfectly seasoned & cooked, and the canneloni was perfect comfort food on a rainy day. A good third of their limited menu is dedicated to salads - too many in my view. I'd rather have some other choices for actual entrees. The wine list could use some tweaking, no gems to be found there. Went for beer instead which was very reasonably priced.
The room itself is fantastic - simple & contemporary. The music seemed a little out of place - Neil Young, etc.
Our server could use a bit more polishing. He didn't seem to know much about the food, or it's preparation. He really didn't seem like he cared too much about being there, in his demeanor or his attire. It's always too bad when a place that seems to care about food has servers who don't.
Regardless, I will be back. My husband & my portion came to $70 all in - great value.
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