Indian Tapas Meets Craft Beer At Crossing The Rubicon, Glasgow

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Crossing The Rubicon opened on Glasgow’s Great Western Road at the end of 2016, and in my mind is the most exciting addition to the West End’s dining scene in some time. It is from the same family as Drygate Brewing Co, so if you love craft beer and exciting beers from around the world this place is definitely worth a visit.
As for the food they specialise in curries, serving small plates, and they have a really impressive selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes to choose from.

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Last week I was lucky enough to attend a bloggers evening at Crossing The Rubicon where we were treated to a fabulous showcase of some of the restaurant’s popular dishes… #bloggingtherubicon

I left this event with the biggest of smiles on my face following a feast of beautiful, delicious, fresh, and flavour-packed dishes. I thought I would share with you here some of my favourite dishes from the evening…

To begin, we munched and crunched through some poppadoms and pickles. There was a delicious little pickle of shredded apple with chilli and lime that was bursting with contrasting flavours and textures, and was the perfect accompaniment to the poppadoms.

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Poppadoms & Pickles

Next up we had a selection of vegetarian pakora and some black pudding and crispy chicken pakora. The crispy chicken pakora was the star of this show – delicious velvety chicken encased in a crispy coating of batter. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

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Black Pudding Pakora & Crispy Chicken Pakora

We were then served some hot buttered chapati with an array of vegetarian and vegan dishes. The Chana Chat was a beautiful cold salad of chickpeas with lemon and herbs, bursting with fresh and zingy flavours.

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Hot Buttered Chapati & Chana Chat

The Dhal Makani was a rich and buttery lentil dish which was warm and comforting, like a hug in a bowl (am currently Googling Dhal Makani recipes for tonight’s dinner alongside writing this post!). I neglected to get a good photo of this dish, so just get down there and order yourself a pot!

I really loved the Crispy Tofu Mutter. The light crispy tofu was perfectly complimented by a deep, rich, pea and cumin curry.

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Crispy Tofu Mutter

This Roast Carrot and Sweet Potato Korma was perhaps my favourite dish of the night! Rich, sweet and creamy – what’s not to love?! But really… korma has the potential to be sickly sweet, yet this dish is executed perfectly and was a firm favourite amongst my fellow food-loving bloggers!

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Roast Carrot & Sweet Potato Korma

From the meat dishes on the menu we tried the Tandoori Butter Chicken and a Venison Madras. The Tandoori Butter Chicken was perfection… the tomato and butter masala was full of flavour, rich and buttery, and most definitely worth a return visit.

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Tandoori Butter Chicken

Just when we though we couldn’t fit any more food in to our very well looked after tummies, a Vegan Chocolate Pot arrived at the table. As I plunged my spoon in to this little pot of chocolate I thought this is going to be too dense, too rich, too much… oh how I was wrong! Yes, it was dense in texture, however it melted on the tongue with heavenly bursts of orange and subtle little explosions of chilli. This was the perfect ending to a night full of flavour-packed dishes.

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Vegan Chocolate Pot

I thoroughly enjoyed this huge selection of dishes we were lucky enough to try, and I have already picked out some dishes from the menu that I will be returning to try, such as the Ox Cheek Bhuna and the Lamb Achari Saag. I should also mention how impressed I was with the selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes on the menu. This is the perfect spot to take your vegetarian and vegan friends to.

I really hope that you pay Crossing The Rubicon a visit if you are local to Glasgow. The food was packed full of flavour, the staff were lovely, and the beer selection was huge!

Huge Thanks to Crossing The Rubicon for inviting us along to try your dishes. You’re a lovely, talented bunch, and I wish you all the success! See you soon…

 

Juice Garden – New Menu Preview

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Born out of passion and frustration, The Juice Garden was created to serve as an alternative to the conventional fast food outlets in our cities.
Our aim is to be the place to turn to in our cities when seeking a healthy alternative, we vow to make being healthy cool again.
#healthyisthenewsexy – http://www.juicegarden.org

With every New Year comes promises of a cleaner, healthier lifestyle. Sticking to healthier meal options is easy (will-power allowing) to do at home, but it can be tricky to find the healthier option when eating out.

Just before Christmas I attended an evening at Glasgow’s Juice Garden to preview dishes from their (soon to be launched) new food menu. Chef Sarah explained that the dishes from the new menu that we were to taste were all classed as raw food (organic, unprocessed, and uncooked food). I had no experience of raw food dining previously so was excited to see what was on offer.

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Enjoying a delicious cold pressed juice from Juice Garden’s extensive juice menu

To start our evening off we were treated to breakfast!

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Left – raw banana crepe filled with berries and banana served with raw raisin bread and coconut yogurt and strawberry sauce
Right – Quinoa and chia seed porridge

I was instantly impressed by the depth of flavours and variety of textures that Sarah has achieved with these raw food dishes. The raisin bread was beautiful, and I suspect my Little Squirrels would devour this. The quinoa porridge was smooth and comforting, reminiscent of a rice pudding, and warming with a touch of cinnamon and deliciously moist raisins.

Next, on to mains…

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Left – activated teriyaki almonds, raw pumpkin & carrot falafel served with a spiced cashew dipping sauce
Middle -raw pizza
Right – raw lasagne

The highlight from the mains selection was undoubtedly the raw lasagne… courgette with a creamy, garlicky pesto and a smooth sundried tomato sauce. The raw pizza was incredibly tasty. The ‘roast’ vegetables are actually dehydrated, and the effect was just  like roast vegetables, with a beautiful intense flavour. The little pumpkin & carrot falafel were fluffy and light, and I loved the spiced cashew dipping sauce which was like a creamy Thai-style sauce.

I was feeling quite full after such a large selection of dishes to try, but I managed to find a little room for these amazing raw desserts that Sarah and her team prepare…

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Left – a selection of chocolate orange and chocolate mint slices, ‘Mars’ bars, and ‘Bounty’ bars
Right – close up of the ‘Mars’ bar

The Mars bar was delicious… I loved the ‘caramel’ and was amazed that this was made from dates. The chocolate orange and chocolate mint slices were beautiful. I love these flavour combinations, and these tasted just like Matchmakers!

I was blown away by the flavours that Sarah brings out in her dishes. Vegetarian and vegan food, never mind raw food, has an undeserved reputation of being bland and boring. Sarah’s dishes blow that myth out of the water. I had no prior experience of raw food dining, but I was really impressed with what can be achieved with the skill and creativity that Sarah and her team possess. So, if like me, you are looking for the healthier option when dining out, without compromising on flavour, this New Year then drop in to Juice Garden (locations in Renfield Street and Byres Road), and let me know what you think!