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Cru Tapas Bar & Kitchen

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Published August 21st 2018
You will love the food
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Cru Tapas Bar & Kitchen Also Offers Alfresco Dining

My companion and I were feeling hungry, but not ready for a full three-course meal after indulging in a late lunch. Fortunately, we were near the lovely old Capri Theatre at Goodwood and I remembered that there's a new-ish tapas bar right across the road. The idea of grazing on a variety of tasty foods until full was very tempting, and my friend was immediately sold on the idea.

After hunting for a car park we hurried right past the inviting Two Sisters Food and Wine Bar next door on Goodwood Road to Cru Tapas Bar & Kitchen. It's a cosy restaurant with a small alfresco area for outdoor dining, and we were in luck - a table for two was free.

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The Food Menu for Cru Tapas Bar & Kitchen

Our waiter was helpful and unobtrusive. There's nothing worse than a waiter hanging around asking questions when you haven't had a chance to sit or read the menu. We were given fresh glasses of water, menus and a very comprehensive wine list while we checked out our surroundings. Skipping past a few categories to reach the "Ol' Skool Reds", I was delighted to find every wine list option is a South Australian wine. All are well priced with only a modest markup.

The friendly waiter appeared quickly when summoned, and was happy to hunt through the wine racks to find something with a little bottle age. After pouring the wine he disappeared quickly, like a genie with the bottle. Our wine choice for the evening was the Woodstock Pilot's View Shiraz, and it was delicious.

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Sauteed Chorizo, Baby Spinach and Truffled Mushrooms

The food menu looked appealing to both of us. There's a wide range of starters, tapas, and share plates, and for once I could have eaten anything from the menu. After choosing three menu options from the tapas section, the food arrived soon after. The Spinach & Three Cheese Croquettes tapas looked so tasty that we devoured it before remembering to take a photo. The croquettes were as good as they looked - crisp on the outside and full of creamy delicate tasting goodness. A bed of spinach was a perfect complement.

Next to arrive was the Sauteed Chorizo with Baby Spinach and Truffled Mushrooms. The presentation was appetising and colourful, and the taste was up there with the appearance. The crispy chorizo had quite a zing, so the arrival of the Patatas Bravas with Aioli was timely. I had wondered whether a potato dish might be bland, but the coating on the potatoes was a winner! The aioli ensured the dish wasn't dry and not overpowering in flavour.

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Patatas Bravas With Aioli at Cru Tapas Bar & Kitchen

My companion and I took our time pecking away at the tapas, and were surprised how filling three dishes could be. We ate at a leisurely pace, as other diners were also doing. I found the experience at Cru Tapas Bar & Kitchen very relaxing: there was no pressure to hurry, and wine glasses were magically refilled without interruption.

The restaurant was almost full but didn't suffer from the deafening noise that is common nowadays. There's plenty of room for seating and tables, a colourful SALA art display on the walls, and a casual decor that's not intrusive. It's an experience that I want to repeat again soon - with a bigger appetite.

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Dodgy Phone Camera Photo in the Restaurant

Cru Tapas Bar & Kitchen is on Goodwood Road at Goodwood, conveniently located opposite the Capri Theatre. If you haven't been yet, then do it soon. You can find Cru Tapas Bar & Kitchen on Facebook, where you can also see the food and wine menu. It's best to book by email if the restaurant is not open.
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Why? It's time for a tasty tapas
Phone: (08) 8272 6967
Where: 135C Goodwood Rd, Goodwood SA 5034
Cost: $$
Your Comment
Great review, Dave. The Truffled Mushroom sounds like a wonderful dish.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12594) 722 days ago
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