Located on an eclectic stretch of Glenferrie Road, Cru is the perfect spot for locals – and not-so locals – to make their second home, given its multi-function role as a cafe, restaurant and bar.
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.
The wine list is something to behold. Taking in bottles from Australia, France, Spain and Italy, it has a depth many high profile city venues would struggle to match.
The food menu tends towards heartiness, with tender lamb sausages, burgers and that 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.
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.
On Sundays drinks are half price between 3pm and 9pm, making Cru's already seductive day-night transition all the harder to resist.