In the leafy suburb of Kew, the guys at Cru are bringing the locals some tasty treats after the morning school run. Peering through the glass it’s easy to feel this place would be right at home amongst the cafes of Fitzroy: it’s got the same vibe that makes it feel like a hidden secret only locals are allowed to enjoy. But take a deep confidence-boosting breath and walk through the door and you’ll be rewarded with some fab fare.
It’s a narrow space, but deceptively big. Grab a seat along the narrow bench opposite the marble counter, otherwise make your way past the bearded baristas and down the narrow alleyway and you’ll find a surprisingly welcoming outdoor area out back.
The menu is inspired by the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The shakshuka eggs – eggs baked in tomato sugo with basil and chilli served with sourdough ($16.00) – are a common sight on menus these days, but are a favourite nonetheless.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, the Middle Eastern inspired eggs with felafel, chilli, humus, plenty of herbs and some real pita bread ($17.00) is something you won’t find everyday and worth making the trip for. The doughy pita bread is a great alternative to sourdough, great for mopping up those poached eggs and hummus. Just watch out for the chilli though if you can’t handle heat – this one has a real kick to it.
Even the fruit salad ($13.00) has it’s own Middle Eastern spin. A selection of seasonal fresh and poached fruit come served with labneh flavoured with dates and toasted quinoa. It’s a nice, light start to the day.
If all that sounds too scary, rest assured you’ll still find classics like smashed avo on the menu. This Cru’s version comes with minted peas and lemony ricotta ($14.00). Add a side of bacon if you’re in the mood.
The lunch menu is full of baguettes, burgers, salads and sliders with interesting combinations such as the crab slider made with soft shell crab, wombok slaw and lime mayo on a brioche bun ($18.00), or the 8 hour chermoula spiced lamb wrap with minted yoghurt, braised lentils and tomato ($16.00). Add a side of chips or salad for an extra $4.00 if you’re feeling hungry.
The guys are even open in the evenings too, serving up small, medium or large sized share plates to accompany their extensive wine list. Enjoy some pork belly with watermelon, pomegranate molasses, whipped feta and herbs ($17.00) or some potato gnocchi ($27.00) with a glass of Tempranillo from Spain.
These guys are definitely adding a little spice to the quiet suburb of Kew.
916 Glenferrie Road
(03) 9818 4366