Monday, 20 February 2017

Bloggers Night at Crossing The Rubicon, West End, Glasgow

If you love indian food and beer, this is the place for you. I was pretty excited when I received the invite to attend a bloggers night at Crossing the Rubicon #BloggingTheRubicon. In case you haven't heard of it, Crossing the Rubicon is all about indian tapas and craft beer. It's in the West End of Glasgow and opened in the latter part of 2016. On entering the interior is very cool and quirky, with a lovely bar area at one side and restaurant seating at the other side. However for me the coolness started well before I even arrived at the restaurant. When I walked out of Kelvinbridge Subway I saw this great sign ... 

Anyway, back to the main event, what can you expect ... as I said above it's Indian tapas and you can get a variety of different dishes from pakora; naan; vegan, vegetarian & meat curries and a range of sides. I'm not really a beer person but Crossing the Rubicon have loads of different beer options available and I've been told from a reliable source that the beer is pretty damn good. 

Given that it was a bloggers night we had the opportunity to sample a lot of different dishes and to be honest by the time dessert came out I could only taste a tiny bit of it as I was so full. So first up were the poppodams & pickles - these were pretty tasty but to be honest I was a bit too busy catching up on the news from other bloggers at my table to take decent photos of them. 

Next up was the veg haggis pakora and the onion pakora - I will admit these were probably my least favourite of the night and I don't think I'd order them myself. But don't fret, from here the dishes only got better and better. Next up was the chicken pakora and the black pudding pakora - both of these were delicious and we even struggled to figure out which one we preferred. 

Up next was just a tray of deliciousness - daily raita, chana chat, dhal makani, rice & hot buttered chapattis. Each of these were delicious but my favourite was the dhal makani - I do love lentils in general though so I'm probably completely biased here. In my complete naivety I thought this was it - I thought we had sampled all the dishes that we were going to. Boy was I wrong ... that was only the start. 

So next we moved onto an array of different curries:- roast carrot and sweat potato korma; tarka dhal; gobi khali mirch; crispy tofu mutter; tandoori butter chicken and venison madras. It was very difficult to pick my favourite of these so my top three were sweat potato korma, tarka dhal & the gobi khali mirch. I think the sweat potato korma might just edge out as the winner though. The flavour in all these dishes were great. I will admit though I didn't like the tofu dish, now I detest tofu at the best of times but as all the other dishes were amazing I decided to give it a try but I just didn't like it, I don't think there is any restaurant that could make tofu taste nice for me. 


So after all that someone mentioned dessert - there was no way I was going to be able to eat a dessert but out came this amazing chocolate pot that I just had to try (for research purposes obvs). In fairness though I only took a spoonful and it was epic. It was a vegan chocolate dessert with an orange flavour and a hint of chilli. It was delicious and such a perfect way to end the night - my only regret - I wish I was able to eat more of it. Clearly I will have to go back to try it out. 

I really enjoyed my night here and the food was great! It's a real chilled place with great service. It is definitely worth a visit. Whilst I'm not vegetarian or vegan it isn't unusual for me to order from these menus and I have to say there is a huge selection of delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes here (thankfully they all don't contain tofu). 

A big thank you to all at Crossing the Rubicon for having us. I had a great night. And if you want to know what it's like to sit at a table with a group of bloggers .... this is how good the conversation can be 😂😂😂

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Thanks a mil for reading.

Emma mai xx

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