It was my birthday on Friday and Jenkins took me to Cru restaurant on Broadway & Granville. I had been there earlier this year for Dine-Out Vancouver and had a great experience there. Cru is a mid-range French bistroand although the prix fixe menu is a good place to start, there are also a la carte items available. Each of the dishes are also colour-coded to match different categories of wines, which we found very helpful.
I decided to go with the prix fixe menu and selected a cold apple-cucumber melon soup to start. The soup was refreshing and tasty although I could hardly taste any of the apple or cucumber. I suspect this was because of the fennel garnishes which were very overpowering and pretty much took over the whole dish.
Jenkins went with the appetizer special, which was a spot prawn dish with cucumber and daikon radish on the side. We later found out that because it was the special, it meant that the prix fixe pricing didn’t apply to Jenkins’ dishes. He didn’t feel that the dish was good enough to justify having to pay $20 extra for his meal.
On to our mains. I had the seared tuna with haricots vert, olives, quails egg, and a smoked paprika vinaigrette. I enjoyed this quite a bit and the slightly spicy vinaigrette provided an extra pop to the dish. It also went very well with my glass of Gewürztraminer.
Jenkins had the seared pork tenderloin with organic farro and morel mushroom sherry sauce. I had a taste and I have to admit that I liked it even more than mine. The sauce complemented the pork perfectly and we couldn’t resist dipping our bread in the sauce to finish it off. He had a glass of Merlot which he said matched the pork well.
Finally, it was time for my favourite part of any meal…dessert! I had been dreaming about the bitter chocolate torte with passion fruit curd for over a week now and I was not disappointed. The rich chocolaty goodness was offset with the tangy passion fruit.
Jenkins had the vanilla creme brulee which came with a home made sable biscuit. It was very creamy and was just the right consistency. I liked the thick sugary shell on top.
All in all, it was a great dinner and a perfect start to my birthday evening. The quality of food at Cru was great and well worth it especially if you had the prix fixe. Service was prompt and the staff was friendly. By the time we left at around 8, the restaurant was packed and they had to turn away a couple of parties that did not have reservations. I would definitely come here again.
1459 W Broadway, Vancouver