Modern Canadian Cuisine

They have a great motto at Cru, a stylish restaurant in Vancouver, B.C.: “Small plates and big glasses.

Of course, small plates — a.k.a. “tapas” — have been all the rage for several years now. But at Cru, owner Mark Taylor and chef Alana Peckham execute them with imagination — never so “out there” that you’re wondering what you’re eating, but with little touches that bring the dishes to life.

Take the “Bacon & Eggs on Toast,” for example. It features crispy pork belly and a soft-poached free-range egg on toasted brioche with maple Dijon. (Yes, it’s the unusual mustard that makes this an unforgettable dish.)

Likewise, the flavors marry perfectly in the Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio, which includes caperberries, truffle aioli, shaved Parmesan and crostini.

And we could go on about the small plates, but then we’d run out of space to tell you about the big glasses. Cru features more than 35 wines by the glass, each selected to complement the cuisine. And just as some of the dishes change with the seasons, so do some of the wines. The restaurant updates the list weekly.

Cru also offers wines by the bottle, and has a special reserve list that includes some of the world’s most coveted releases.

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