It was a decent evening at Cru. I was somewhat disapointed as based on the previous reviews I was expecting so much more.
The room is beautiful. It is softly lit and the music playing softly in the background provides a very welcoming and cozy setting for dinner. We arrived just before 6:00 and there were only 2 tables seated. The waiter gave us a table at the back far away from the other tables and we did not have anyone sitting near us until we were almost finished our dinner. That was great. The service from the staff was very good considering how busy the restaurant got as the evening progressed. We ordered a baguette to go with our dinner as it is not included if you have the small plates. We commented to our waitress that it was somewhat dry and it was like eating day old bread, she was very good about giving us another order (dry again) and she said that she would not charge us for the baguette. Our wine and water were topped up constantly during the course of the evening. Good quality checks on the food throughout the evening as well.
For dinner we had small plates:
Sauteed mushrooms on brioche with aged cheddar and salad - this was very good with a generous serving of mushrooms - $11.00
Miso sable fish with Kale and pureed cauliflower - beautiful presentation and the fish was nice and moist, a very small portion but probably in line for the price charged - $14.00
Duck Confit with goat cheese spatzle and cabbage - skin on the duck leg was nice and crispy and the meat very juicy and well cooked. Spatzle and cabbage complimented the meat nicely - $16.00
Syrah braised beef shortribs with macaroni and cheese. - meat was very tender and well prepared, very small serving of macaroni and cheese accompanied this dish. A bit on the high side price wise $18.00
Cavatelli Bolognese - this was my husband's favorite dish. I found it a bit salty - $13.00
For dessert - Little Goat Cheesecake with spiced pumpkin and cashew nut granola. Very good but as one other reviewer mentioned very small and not good value at $8.00.
Dinner with a bottle of wine was $140.00 + before tip. Not outrageously priced but I think the value could be better. We would probably return but Vancouver has so many really outstanding restaurants that it might be awhile.