What makes a steak house special? The meat? The oysters? Or is it something completely different altogether? Cru at the JW Marriott in Beijing is regarded as one of the city’s best steakhouses, but what makes it what it is?
At Cru, the focus is undoubtedly on the meat. Mainly sourced from Australia, the restaurant offers a variety of types of beef: several types of Australian Wagyu, grain-fed Angus and others give you ample choice. Furthermore, grilled lobsters and other types of seafood offer more than palatable alternatives for those who aren’t into meat.
What characterises the Wagyu from Cru is the fact that it is not too marbled. Thus, you have a good balance of fat and meat. Served with very well cooked chips, and a perfect béarnaise, this is comfort food of the highest order.
Equally good is the grilled lobster. Here the remarkable point is the fact that it is not overcooked. Thus, you have juicy, tender and yet crunchy meat that literally bursts with flavour. You get tough and overcooked lobster in so many restaurants that it really is refreshing to get one that is perfectly cooked.
Before having those dishes however, you shouldn’t miss out on the onion soup, which is exactly what you would expect from a classical French onion soup. Another great starter is the crab cake. It is delightful, given that they seem to be made of nothing but crab meat. The only problem here is the fact that the single crab leaves you wanting more…
Wine-wise, Cru offers an interesting list, which you would expect from a restaurant with such a name. Of course, the big names from Bordeaux are all on it, but there is quite a large variety of interesting producers that are equally exciting.
Cru is a steak house that sticks to the basics: Good meat, a few simple starters and a good wine list. This is not the sort of place that tries to do more than that, which is perhaps one of the reasons why it is so good. Finding better steaks in Beijing is certainly not all that easy.