Cru restaurant Toronto

Cru

Cru is a bustling spot for contemporary dishes, sophisticated cocktails, and surprisingly satisfying bar snacks.  

Sitting in the Scotia Plaza, this spacious Pencil-designed restaurant may largely be frequented by suits, but the vibe is more free-flowing than your usual stuffy Financial District affair.

cru toronto Formerly Lbs., owner Jonathan Gonsenhauser has reinvented this former seafood-centric space to now include intricate murals by Polish artist and wine-lover Swanski.

cru toronto Fourteen-foot-tall velveteen blue curtains open in the afternoon and obstruct the restaurant from outside view in the evening.

cru toronto The corner of the 32-seater horseshoe bar is prime property, and perfect for big groups to convene over the extensive wine list, though seats in the sinking blue banquettes are still a win.

Cru offers a fair number of plant-based items, with separate menus for lunch, dinner, and a snack bar, which is offered all day. Everything from the sourdough bread to the desserts are made in-house.

cru toronto A few items you can get consistently through the day include a special bowl of tuna tartare ($18).

cru toronto Served with a bowl of taro chips, the tuna, which comes from Toronto staple Newport, arrives with a dollop of avocado ice cream and a sprinkling of nori.

cru toronto A charcuterie board ($23) uses rotating cuts of meats from Jackson’s Meat that changes from day to day, served with bread and dijon mustard.

cru toronto Offered on both the snack bar and dinner menus is a pair or trio ($16) of mini caviar doughnuts that are almost too cute to eat.

These savoury bites come with a creme fraiche glaze, radish, chives, and osietra caviar from Stokkebye, which comes from sturgeon.

cru toronto The unexpected favourite from the bar is the fried chicken ($9), a delicious crispy chicken in a barbecue and maple sauce.

cru toronto Juicy duck breast ($29) is dry aged for a few weeks, then served with a squash confit and pumpkin seed crumble.

cru toronto For dessert, a Millionaire’s Tart is a decadent pile of hazelnut ice cream on a caramel tart, topped with 24 karat gold flakes.

cru toronto The Regards Kyoto ($15) house cocktail is incredibly floral, using Soto sake, rice, mint and lavender.

cru toronto The Feather & Board ($13) mixes Stalk & Barrel whiskey, lime, chamomile and ruby port for a deeper drink.

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Hector Vasquez


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