To pay a friend back for a huge favour, I offered to take him to Cru. I’ve wanted to go there for ages and this was the perfect excuse! Unfortunately, we ordered the exact same meal so I wasn’t able to taste anything other than what I ordered myself. I left the wine choice up to him (he’s much more knowledgeable about wine than I am). He selected a bottle of malbec and I’m glad he did – it went very well with the meal.
We both went for the prix fixe menu and chose the beef carpaccio and beef tenderloin. Yes…I know it’s a huge faux pas to pick the same protein for your appy and entrée but breaking the rules in this case was a fab idea! The beef carpaccio was meltingly tender and complemented wonderfully by the parmesan, caperberries, aioli and crostini.
We moved on to the tenderloin with wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, goat cheese soufflé, vegetables and merlot jus. I have to admit that even though I’m a total carnivore, my fave thing on the plate was the goat cheese soufflé. I heart goat cheese and the texture was gorgeous. The beef was cooked to a perfect medium-rare and seasoned well.
For the dessert choice, we didn’t go with the prix fixe menu options and asked to have a cheese plate instead. This worked out well as my dinner companion enjoys savoury more than sweet and I’m totally a cheese girl! We were able to get two cheeses to share – oka, paired with thinly sliced pear, and comte montagne, paired with some apricot something something. This came with fig & anise bread. Fantastic end to the meal.
The ambiance was quite nice – softer lighting and comfortable seating.
The service was great – lots of personality without being obtrusive.