Crossing the Rubicon
Although it’s a place that’s built a solid and appreciative audience, I’ve had a bit of a mixed bag across several visits to VDeep. Their beer selection was consistently excellent but their food never quite did it for me. When they announced that they were opening in Glasgow I was interested to see whether things might work better in the west.
A catch up with an old pal, Robbie, provided the ideal excuse for a trip to the new place, called Crossing the Rubicon, on Great Western Road.
Again focussing on good beer and small plate Indian sharing dishes, they’ve taken over a smart pub restaurant property that has a good feel to it. As with the Leith branch there is exuberant artistic detailing throughout.
We were shown to a table in their dining area by our attentive waitress and left to contemplate the menu over a couple of light ales, including Vienna pale from Pilot and their own Drygate Crossing the Rubicon.
We settled upon some chilli paneer pakora to start after initially thinking – and hoping – that we could order one each of their six different pakora types. I think a little sampler selection of all six would work well, so perhaps something for them to consider for the future.
A haggis and cheese naan seemed obligatory. As with my previous cheese naan experience the cheese didn’t really add much but the haggis was delicious and the bread overall was a strong success.
We initially ordered three curries: chicken masala; aubergine and pea; and duck dhal. The latter was outstanding and the aubergine excellent. The chicken was really tasty but needed more distinct warming spice – maybe a big punch of cumin or cardamom – to elevate it beyond being simply satisfying chicken stew.
Although this was a considerable feast we were impressed enough to order another few things to try. We had some sauce leftover so we ordered the cumin and mushroom rice to mop it up. It was aromatically splendid.
The coconut fish pakora featured excellent fish but the coconut crumb could have been a little lighter and crisper. The saag aloo was another strong dish.
So overall, Crossing the Rubicon served us some excellent dishes. Little tweaks would go a long way to addressing some of the minor quibbles we had. It was really pleasing to see this impressively good place on such good form. I look forward to many future visits.
Blythe scores Crossing the Rubicon
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20
Today’s questers were: Robbie, Blythe
We ate: chilli paneer pakora, coconut fish pakora, saag aloo, chicken masala, duck dhal, bhegin bartha, haggis and cheese naan, mushroom and cumin rice
We drank: various ales
We wore: some sort of t-shirt, matching shirt and shoes
Total bill: £57.25
Address: 372-374 Great Western Road, Glasgow G4 9HT