Located on a somewhat eclectic stretch of Glenferrie Road, Cru is the perfect spot for locals – and not-so locals – to make into their second home.
A marble bar runs the length of the welcoming dining area by Northcote architects Baracco + Wright. The space leads into an open courtyard complete with a charming old shed. When the weather is warmer, this shed converts into a wine bar.
Cru sources the best local ingredients, with gluten-free bread delivered daily from Jane's Bread, an artisan baker in Hawthorn. The eggs come from South Gippsland, the succulent bacon from Otway Pork and Peter B. Bouchier and the lamb from Paddy's Meats, right around the corner on Cotham Road.
The menu doesn't shy away from a healthy dose of dude food, with tender lamb sausages, burgers and the sure-fire favourite: bubble and squeak (smoked ham, cabbage, potato and a poached egg). The Stop 80 (named after the tram stop right outside) also deserves a special mention for the combination of fried egg, bacon and cheese, cased in a buttery brioche bun.
It's open late most days, so the transition from cafe time to bar time is dangerously seductive. If you’re after a friendly local, there's never been a better time to join the Cru.