Eat & Drink

Cru54 *UPDATED*

Recently relaunching, with a resolute Catherine Andreo spending more time in her own kitchen, has resulted in a better-realised menu that really confirms Cru54’s spot on Sydney’s Spanish circuit. Leap into a selection of tiny flavour bombs like creamy Woodside Goat’s Cheese with Sweet and Sour Onion Compote ($4) or Pinchos of Spanish Anchovy with Tomato, Parsley & Manzanilla Olives ($6), while you explore Catherine’s well-chosen list of boutique wines. From a soft, fruity 2008 Alectum Albarino ($10/glass, $44/bottle) to the enchantingly smooth 2005 Cosme Palacio y Hermanos Tempranillo from Rioja ($54), there’s a lot to like. Add a bowl of paprika-dusted Spencer Gulf Prawns ($22) and a Whole Grilled Chorizo ($7); it’s aged in house and a spicy respite from the bullshit paprika sausages passed off elsewhere about town. Balance the proteins with a generous bowl of Chickpeas with Sautéed Spinach, Pistachios and Macadamias ($12) punctuated by sweet plump Fino Sherry-soaked raisin bursts, before tucking into a savoury, charred Sherry Glazed Pork Belly ($22). Even the ubiquitous Patatas Bravas ($11) have been stylishly updated by a relish of roasted cumin seeds, parsley, garlic and a splash more vino blanco. All I could fit after that was a liquid dessert of Pedro Ximinez Nectar ($8). Damn.
Cru54
54 Foveaux St, Surry Hills
Ph: (02) 9281 1054 www.cru54.com.au
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