Crossing The Rubicon (CTR) Craft Beer & Curry (Glasgow, West End) : Review

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372-374 Great Western Rd
Glasgow G4 9HT

V: 4th December 2017      T:  0141 337 3111  W: www.crossingtherubicon.com

Child Friendly: Yes (Well Behaved)     Accepts: Cash & Card


About 2 weeks ago I got a little email in my inbox to come along to CTR tonight, to try some food and drinks from the new menu….how could I refuse? plus this place was on my list for a while and now I would finally visit.

On entering you are instantly hit with a new hip pub/restaurant, and looking around you will see a lot of very cool artwork all over the walls (see more on my instagram)

CTR do a very wide range of craft beers, but the menu is always changing so you are sure to find many new ones you will love.

Tonight I was invited to come along as try some samples from a new menu, and also to try some beers…how could anyone say no to that plus as I said its been on my list to try so a win win for me.

The Food…

If you have never been here before, the food here at Crossing the Rubicon is tapas style. My best advice and the staffs is to order 2 or 3 dishes, as one wont be enough….unless your not mega hungry.

Due to the amount of samples and all the descriptions, I have attached the menu so you can see what we got.

From the big long list, it was served as a big platter on the table. I was sitting with 4 other people, so we all got to try one item each.

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The only one I didn’t try was the lettuce one, as it contained nuts which I am allergic to.

The rest was very nice, my favourite from the above was the Mumbi Sandwich (3rd from the left). This I would have loved to have on a bigger scale, maybe on my next visit.

Once we all went through the above platter, we were handed out some more dishes. I think I forgot to take a few photos, due to just enjoying eating….bad food blogger I know :p

The above is the Masala Chips and the Chana Chat Taco, both of these were very nice and would have again.

One of the last samples was the The Rubicon Frankie, unfortunately no photo again (shame on me) but it was basically a burrito filling in a nice wrap. This was very good, so the Mumbi Sandwich and the Frankie I cant wait to try again but the full sized dishes.

The beers…

I tried these beers tonight one was very light (left) and the other a little heavier. For me I found it very hard to pick a favourite, but if I really had to I would have to choose the Magic Porridge Oatmeal Stout.

Overall

Overall the night went very well, there was a good turn out and everyone seemed to enjoy the food.

The food for me was very nice, and I found my two favourite which I aim to have again next visit.

I would like to thank Crossing the Rubicon for my invite, and give a big hi to Max who tonight gave me very lovely comments and put a massive smile on my face.

See you soon!

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Nam Tuk Tram Stop (West End, Glasgow) : Review

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2 Partick Bridge Street
Glasgow G11 6PL

V: 14th October 2017      T:  0141 357 0330  W:namtuk.co.uk

Child Friendly: Yes (well behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


At the time of writing this post, this restaurant is new to the Glasgow food scene. I saw all the promotion on Facebook, and I thought I need to visit this when it opens.

I decided not to go as soon as it opened as it would probably be mega busy, so I left it for about two weeks.

Prior to going I had a look at the menu, and spotted a few dishes that I would like to try so I knew that when I go I would have to have at least 4 dishes.

This is in a great spot, and going by the prices on the menu its perfect for students or if you just want to order small dishes.

First Impression :

On entering you are hit with vivid colours, lots of bamboo and very friendly staff. I really liked the look of this place, and couldn’t wait to see where my table was.

The walls all were painted very colourful, and some had some very cool artwork this gave the place a very funky and modern look.

While we waited for a few other people to arrive, I sat at the bar and had a talk to the bar staff. Behind the bar staff on the wall, there was a vast selection of drinks so I knew that the cocktails should be good…but I had to try some to see if I was correct or not.

Cocktail Time….

The first cocktail I had was :

Sango Island £7.00
Jinro Soju, Lejay Blue Curaçao, Luxardo Maraschino, Pineapple Juice , Coconut

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This cocktail sounded nice, and sounded like it would be sweet…well to me it did so I thought lets get it. It was a very nice cocktail, and one that was easy to drink. It wasn’t as sweet as I thought, more a nice balance with a very very slight sour taste at the end.

It would be rude to just have the one cocktail….

My second cocktail was :

Melon Bei £7.00
Midori, Koskenkorva Vodka, Lejay Triple Sec, Lime Juice, Sugar Syrup

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Now this was actually recommended to me by the bar staff, as I told them I had a very sweet tooth so they had a lot to live up to with this recommendation….

Was it sweet enough for me?…

This was AMAZING!!!!!!!! perfect taste, just sweet enough and very easy to drink!!! This is what I will be having again when I return!!!! if you like a sweet cocktail, then when you visit here order this you wont be disapointed.

The Food…

Salt & Pepper Squid £5.50
Chinese style crispy fried squid, chopped spring onion and pepper, sweet chilli sauce

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I love this when I get a Chinese, so I thought lets see how they do it here.

It was nice, the squid was in a nice not too crispy batter and the peppers added nice flavour.

My only issue but this could be a personal thing, it wasn’t that salty, normally you get a nice salty and crispy taste but it was more flavoured and less salty….well to me it was.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 4

Tteok-bokki £4.95
(vgn) Korean rice cake, sweet & spicy

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When this arrived it looked and smelled really nice.

OH MY GOD!!!! for me this was MEGA spicy, and that was with just one piece. To be honest it was really nice flavour, but WAY too spicy for me so I gave it to my friend who has a better spice threshold than me.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 4

Gyoza £5.95
Handmade crispy pork dumplings, soy sauce

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These looked so good so I couldn’t wait to try them.

Yup these were really nice, and the dipping sauce added that nice little extra flavour to them. I could have had more of these.

The little dumplings were perfectly cooked, and the pork was nice and full of flavour.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

Korean Tacos £5.95
3 soft corn tacos, spicy Korean beef, Asian salsa, coriander, Chinese chives

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I like tacos, so when I saw Korean Tacos I had to try them and see what they were like.

On arrival I could smell the beef which was amazing, and it looked really good.

These were very very good, and very filling but yup you guessed it I could have had another one.

This is another dish I would have again when I come back.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

Overall

Well I was very impressed with Nam Tuk Tram Stop, the cocktails, food, and the service was all very very good and I loved its funky modern design.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu : 5
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 5
  • Value for money: 5
  • Overall : 5

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Obu Pan Asian (Glasgow) : Review

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2nd Floor Princes Square
City Centre, Glasgow
G1 3JN

Cuisine: Far Eastern, International, Sushi, Pan-Asian

Visit Date : Friday 10th March 2017

Yip back again at Obu Pan Asian.

So I have been hitting the blogging hard again as you may have seen with all my recent and many posts, so I decided this month to try and be good and see if I can get any vouchers etc for Glasgow Restaurants.

 For me Obu Pan Asian has always been a very relaxing atmosphere, and I love the decoration it just sets you in the mood to relax and enjoy your meal.

Do take a look at my other Obu Pan Asian Reviews as there are some more photos.

As I said I had a voucher which gave me two mains and a glass of wine each, I can’t remember how much I paid for it but you can always find great deals on itison for here. Like most times I have a voucher I tend to always add a little extra to my order, or opt to pay for something that’s not included in the voucher offer.

Starter :

I opted for going off the Specials Menu tonight.

Kimbap
Seasame flavoured Rice rolls filled with egg and pickled vegetables with : 

Korean Style Beef “Bolgogi”
Fried Tuna
Avocado
Crab Sticks

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Normally I don’t order Sushi from Obu Pan Asian, as I really love Nippon Kitchen’s Sushi but today I decided to give it a try and see how it compares.

The flavour of the Sushi was really nice, the crab flavour was perfect for me. My only issue was the rice didn’t hold together very well.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 4

Main :

Thai Green Curry
Fragrant and medium spiced with green curry paste, coconut milk and kaffir lime leaf.
– KING PRAWN 

I had this dish a while ago in here, but it was the chicken option. Tonight I opted for the king prawn, to see how the flavour was with prawn.

The flavour of this was perfect, not to sweet not too spicy and the prawn was a very good option.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

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The offer included a glass of wine each, the one we got was a large one as the owner gave us a free upgrade.

Dessert :

There is always room for dessert.

This was not included in the deal, so I paid for this.

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Rich chocolate mousse topped with a hint of chilli and topped with berries and cream £5.25

Oh My God!!!! I love my sweet dishes, and I love chocolate this was so so so good. A very thick and chocolatey mousse, with the very subtle hint of chilli which worked really well.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

Overall :

I won’t comment too much on the prices as the owners were nice enough to allow us to go off the menu slightly, and as I said they gave us a free large glass of wine.

The prices for Obu Pan Asian with or without a voucher are all very reasonable, I have never found that its felt too costly for the size of the dish.

As always I really enjoy coming here, its very relaxing and the staff are all very friendly.

  • Child Friendly : Yes (only if they are well behaved)
  • Cash/Credit Card : Both
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 5
  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Value for money : 5
  • Overall : 5