It’s been quite a while since I embarked on this journey called Ho Yummy. My first post ever was a birthday dinner I had at Cru. What better way to come full circle by going back to Cru? The opportunity presented itself when I heard about the restaurant’s $99 Couples Night special on Thursdays. For $99, you get a three-course meal for two (dessert is shared) plus a full bottle of wine. It sounded pretty good so Jenkins and I decided to go check it out.
First, we decided to order the wine. You get a choice of one red or one white wine so we ordered the Quail’s Gate Chenin Blanc. I’m not a big wine connoisseur but I liked the Chenin Blanc quite a bit. I found that it went especially well with the scallops that Jenkins ordered for his main course.
For our appetizer, both Jenkins and I chose to have the pear salad with frisee, blue cheese, and roasted almonds. The poached pear was very soft and its sweetness balanced the salty blue cheese very well. The salad was lightly tossed in a vinaigrette and the almonds provided a sufficient amount of crunch.
For my main, I chose to have the seared duck breast with white beans and asparagus. The duck was very nicely cooked to a medium rare and the skin was crispy and not overly oily. I found the beans to be a bit salty though but eating it with the duck evened out the flavours for me.
Jenkins had the scallops which came on a bed of napa cabbage. The flavours in the cabbage were very nice and the scallops were cooked just enough. Jenkins was kind enough to give me a scallop, which was cooked perfectly.
I found that dessert was actually my favourite course of this meal and was a bit sad to find that I had to share it with Jenkins. The molton chocolate cake was topped with a dollop of peanut butter ice cream which was absolutely delicious. The soft sweetness of the cake went very well with the peanut butter and as Jenkins mentioned, you just can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate.
All in all, it was an enjoyable meal at Cru. As usual, the service was on par and the food was tasty. I would say that the $99 for the dinner was a fair deal but probably not a spectacular one when you add in the fact that dessert is shared. Cru also has a prix fixe menu for $42 per person which is quite reasonable and gives you more flexibility over the dishes you can order.
1459 West Broadway, Vancouver