As a group of six we decided to order a couple of appetizers to share. We were told by the waitress that their signature dish was the 4 cheese macaroni so we made sure to try it. We also ordered the calamari and White Wine Truffled Mussels along with some cappuccinos for the table. When I got my cappuccino I could have swore that I tasted a hint of orange zest, but when I asked the manager he chuckled a bit and said no. We joked a little about it throughout the rest of the meal. I like a restaurant that can partake in our ridiculous humor.
When we received the calamari it was tall and decorated with thinly sliced carrots, red onions and green peppers. The smell of sweet sesame sauce not only made the calamari smell wonderful, but the taste was light and tangy. This was probably the best calamari that I've had in ages. The signature 4 cheese macaroni was a big hit at the table for everyone except me. I liked that the top was browned and crunchy, but it lacked a little in flavor for me. Maybe it needed more salt or a pinch of mustard powder, but either way my momma's recipe is more inviting. The mussels were the biggest hit for everyone at the table. The mussels were smothered in an amazing Tomato Concassé, Peppers, Marinara sauce that was almost drinkable. Actually to be fair I think one of us did end up drinking a couple spoons full while the others doused their bread in it.
The thing I liked the most about Cru Cafe was the inviting atmosphere and the options that could suit just about everyone. We all decided that this was a place that we'd all like to try again maybe for dinner instead of lunch. There were so many great choices on the menu that we almost wished that we had more time to try other options. Cru Cafe is a must try in my book.