|Entrance to Cru|
I was recently invited to Cru Kitchen & Bar in the Gold Coast to try some of their tasty dishes off their new spring menu. Cru is located in the former Feast space, directly across from the Talbott Hotel. The ambiance at Cru is very classy, and admittedly, fancier than I expected. I especially enjoyed the intricate ceiling design which was absolutely gorgeous.
The wine station offered both a red and a white option including a New Zealand sauvignon blanc and a Spanish garnacha.
|French 75 & Pimm's Cup|
|Grilled Shrimp & Octopus|
Probably my favorite bite of the night was the duck liver mousse with strawberry, soy and celery, served on brioche. Unfortunately, I don't have a photo but it was quite tasty. The savory liver paired nicely with the sweetness of the strawberry. Another un-photographed fave were the ham & cheese croquettes served with a homemade honey mustard dipping sauce. I've never been one to turn down a piece of fried, cheesy, deliciousness! There was also an escolar poke with ponzu, strawberry, avocado and jalapeno but I didn't get the chance to try it.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere at Cru; it would be a great place for a glass of wine or small plates after work, or a night out with girlfriends. The small sampling of food I did get to try was quite tasty, although I think I would have been more blown away if I had seen the full-size portions and presentation. I give Cru Kitchen & Bar 3.5 stars for their warm environment and varied menu-- just lay off the salt shaker!
Cru Kitchen & Bar
25 E. Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611