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Let’s get this out of the way: as some of you might already know, when it comes to spicy food I am a total wimp. I’m the gal that loves burritos, but only if I can cover them in sour cream, rendering them virtually unrecognisable! I’m also the gal that had claimed to dislike Indian cuisine – deeming it far too hot (and meaty!) for my taste. That is, until recently.
When Crossing The Rubicon initially opened their doors on Great Western Road at the end of last year, I didn’t rush to go right away because I wasn’t sure if there would be much on their menu for me.
However, over the weeks that followed I heard AMAZING things about their modern street food-inspired take on classic Indian flavours. And since I always like to keep an open mind, Gary (a die-hard curry connoisseur!) and I went along to a special evening put on by The Glasgow Food Company to try out some of their vegetarian dishes…
About Crossing the Rubicon
On the surface, it’s clear that Crossing the Rubicon are passionate about Indian tapas and craft beer, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find out that they are also about much more than that. Taking their brand name from the concept of taking risks in life, the menu is filled with a range of Eastern flavours from the likes of Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bangladesh and more.
Most of the dishes are smaller in portion, allowing guests to build their own feast, pick n’ mix their lunch or jump straight to pudding if they want to! Crossing the Rubicon’s relaxed approach to dining also aims to reduce food waste, and it’s refreshing to see a restaurant consider this issue.
So, how was the food? Well, firstly I was really pleased to see an easy-peasy ‘traffic light’ system on the menu. Dishes that were not spicy at all are denoted by a little green dot, super hot options were red (of course!) and the ones in the middle were amber. And there were plenty of green items to choose from, hooray!
On our first visit, we agreed that the roasted carrot and sweet potato korma was a firm favourite. There was something incredibly moreish about it, and we loved the sweet, buttery taste! We both ordered it when we went back to Crossing the Rubicon a couple of weeks later for lunch, but had it served in different ways – Gary had it as part of a hearty naan-wich, and I enjoyed it as a small dish served with chana chat, chapatti and basmati rice. Delicious!
Another non-spicy, vegetarian curry that I really enjoyed was the dhal makani, which was made with lentils and beans. The sauce was rich and a bit tomato-ey – flavoursome but not spicy, which was ideal for me.
Sides are also very veggie-friendly, and the crispy onion pakora was probably my favourite of all the sides and light bites we tried. It’s the perfect bar snack if you aren’t in the mood for a proper meal too! Gary also reported that the vegetarian haggis pakora was very good. A few other sides we tried included the pickle tray, hot buttered chapatti, naan, raita and salad.
The chapatti is dangerously addictive, especially when dipped into the korma sauce – is there any other way to deal with leftover sauce?
Overall, the range of meat-free options at Crossing the Rubicon is really impressive. There’s 24 tasty vegetarian items on the menu before you even get to the desserts, and a good amount of vegan choices too. Coupled with the fact that you can choose how spicy (or mild!) you want to go, there really is something for everyone!
I’m already planning my next trip, partly because I need more of their korma and chapatti in my life and partly because there are so many dishes I still want to try that sound so tasty (like the baingan bharta – made with smoked aubergine, tomato, onions and peas).
Our repeat visits to Crossing the Rubicon just go to show that you need to push yourself out of your foodie comfort zone once in a while to discover something really great. I never thought I’d ever catch myself daydreaming about curry but there you have it – I’m a changed woman!
You can find out more about Crossing the Rubicon, and check out their full menu here.
Have you visited Crossing the Rubicon yet? When was the last time you tried something outside of your foodie comfort zone?