MissDissent (missdissent) wrote,

Review - Cru54

Cru54 is a newly opened restaurant in Surry Hills. I thought it was a breath of fresh air in a stylish modern space. It's a contemporary Spanish restaurant which shows strong French influence in its small but inspiring menu; supplemented by a list of changing specials.

The rather attractive fit-out was done by owner Catherine Andreo-Tuma, a multi-talented lady who also helped design the menu, and chose the wines on offer. It's a comfortable setting, with a marble bar that is lit from underneath with yellow lights. The floor is composite concrete, the tables and chairs are white, but a long fabric banquette adds some warm tones, as do orange candles. A sexy pressed tin wall, and a modern metallic chandelier complete the look.

You can choose to dine at tables, at the bar (solo diners especially will feel welcome here) or in a small private dining room that seats 8-10, and has racks of wine on the walls. When you first sit down, a complimentary plate of almonds eases your hunger while you peruse the small menu, and slightly larger wine list.

I loved the boldly unadorned plate of Jamon Iberico ($20) – excellent produce presented (as it should be) without frills.

It was of course complimented by a serve of grassy fresh Dauro Spanish Olive Oil ($5) served with Sonoma bread.

The Jamon Croquettes with Romesco Dip ($11/sm, $17/lg) were nice but not outstanding - my photo shows a small serve.

Chef Vincent Girardin shows off his talent with the Calamari ($13/sm, $19/lg) cooked to perfection (he knows when to stop) and texturally matched with a squid ink crumble, a zesty aioli and a wedge of lemon – combine all elements for a sublime moment. Again my photo shows a small serve.

Good produce makes the Prawn Trilogy ($18) a pleasure, it's more a dish for one than an easy sharing option. From right to left, you see a coconut prawn with lime and chilli jam (underneath it); a prawn beignet with marinated watermelon; and a grilled prawn with mango and avocado salsa.

The Solomillo con foie gras ($21), was a piece of eye fillet topped with foie gras, and it impressed as well. It was so rich, I was glad to be sharing. The eye fillet was cooked reasonably rare, but I enjoyed it anyway, liking letting the chef decide - however if you wish it cooked differently, they will oblige without a frown.

They also do a Selection of Cheeses ($18/sm, $23/lg) of which we sampled just a single cheese - the aged Manchego a sheep milk cheese from Spain which was nicely nutty, creamy and sharp.

Though I forgot to photograph it, the dessert of Burnt Valencia Orange with Leche Meringada Ice-cream and crunchy Turron sprinkle ($10) is so good you may not want to share. On a return visit, I certainly wont! The ice-cream was amazing - meringue flavoured!

The staff are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I allowed myself to be guided in wine matching and enjoyed the results, especially the jammy 2006 Cillar di Silos Tempranillo ($13/glass, $65/bottle). All up, a great place to try contemporary Spanish food.

1/54 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills
Ph: (02) 9281 1054

Cru54 Kitchen & Bar on Urbanspoon
Tags: food, wine

Recent Posts from This Journal

  • 2020 - The Best of Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

    With 2020 changing the way we work, live and play, it of course had an impact on the way we eat. The depression era bread queue made a resurgence…

  • Review - Son of a Baker

    With the restaurant and café restrictions, my dining adventures have been seriously curtailed. Attempting to find a non-crowded beach for…

  • Food News - Chao Catering

    If you’re into food, you’re probably well aware that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken away many of Sydney’s great dining…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded