Mon – Tue: 7am – 4pm
Wed – Fri: 7am – 11pm
Sat: 7:30am – 11pm
Sun: 8am – 6pm
Coffee: Five Senses
Note: 10% surcharge on Sundays
“In economics, there is a concept called economic equilibrium. In an attempt not to bore you, it’s essentially the state where demand meets supply. The sweet spot where the market runs efficiently at a competitive price. I love brunch and getting the word of a new hot spot always excites and thrills me. But having a new brunch spot every second week is unsustainable. An oversupply of cafes will cause closures in the long run (insert sad face). So what does one restaurateur do? Tap into the emerging suburbs with a kick ass business plan. Kew is by no means emerging but the need for a good brunch spot is evident. Cru is one cafe committed to Kew’s brunch scene.
Approaching Cru to sit down with a coffee, I found the decor well executed. The warm and alluring environment with modern albums played on vinyl, creating the perfect setting for a catch up. The main room has plenty of natural light with small tables and a communal bench and table. Continuing through to the courtyard there are some stunning garden features with plenty of seating options for a more quite and relaxed dinning experience. There is no such thing as getting a bad seat at Cru.
Coffee is by 5 Senses and my long black [$3.50] was slightly weak in terms of flavour. As the it settled and cooled, citrus flavours could be identify on the palate.
The brunch menu was limited in terms of mains, however this is compensated with a strong lunch menu – including Roesti avocado, smoked salmon, red onion, crispy capers, poached egg [$19], which I decided was a goer.
The plating was stunning, the roesti acted as the base with the salmon salad and poached egg providing the highlights. The dish was surprisingly light without being too oily, as the salmon salad provided a lovely fresh texture to the palate. The roesti was fried to perfection and left a crunchy texture that was perfectly finished by the poached egg.
Cru provides a strong brunching experience that can easy rival many inner city operators. Its homely feel will make any catch up an enjoyable one with time flying by. For a experience that is a little bit different, visit Cru in Kew.”
“I had just returned from a holiday in Thailand where I have been basking myself in gorgeous weather; eating my heart out and drinking until I could fit no more in. Having returned to civilisation I realised that perhaps I may have gained a few unwanted kilos and some serious work at the gym was required. With this in mind, the blog must go on and with encouragement from Mr LB we decided on brunch at a famous little cafe in Kew known as Cru.
We arrived at around 12:30pm on a Saturday afternoon to a mostly full cafe. Since it was just the two of us we managed to get seats immediately. With the urge to cleanse my body, I chose the Fruit bowl fresh & poached fruit, date labne, toasted quinoa [$11]. As I gushed about the different aspects of my trip I enjoyed the atmosphere of Cru – busy but relaxed with an interior design that was comfortable.
The fruit in my fruit salad was incredibly fresh, with half a poached pear covered in quinoa topping off the dish. The labne was thick, creamy and rich and could easily have been mistaken for a dense yoghurt if it weren’t for its wheat like flavour. I’m a sucker for fresh mango and the mango that was served as part of this dish was incredibly sweet and refreshing. Delicious! The strawberries were a little tangy but a nice compliment to the lemon-juice coated blueberries.
Dessert was irrefutable and the Passion fruit and Coconut Slice [$4.95] was calling my name. The thin, delicate slice had powerful flavours that were a tangy and sweet explosion in my mouth. Mr LB had a muffin which he seemed to really enjoy.
Cru is great spot to come and visit on the weekend for a tasty brunch that won’t disappoint. Having visited multiple times, this cafe is a staple on my list for cafes to go to when I can’t think where I would like to try, so if you find yourself short on ideas next weekend, perhaps give Cru a go.”
Final Thought: “A gorgeously fresh fruit salad for the Summer months”