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"Crossing the Bar" -- new Indian fusion on the Embarcadero

Millicent | Dec 15, 200301:35 PM

It was their second night open when we wandered in Thursday for dinner, so I'll share some initial impressions. The space is sort of modern-industrial trendy, lots of poured concrete and geometric shapes, and will probably be noisy from the half-full point onward. The view is mostly of the Hornblower Cruises parking lot, but might be better during the day.

There were a few other tables, but this is a soft opening, and they haven't publicized much. Full bar, no specialty drink menu, but I would guess one is in the works.

The food is Indian fusion and quite good, although I am generally cranky about fusion this 'n thats. The menu is divided into appetizers, kebabs and entrees, with ingredients focused on tamarind, various chutneys, coconut, cilantro, garam masala. For example, we had a crab crepe appetizer that was crab, veggies, and cilantro wrapped in one of those southern Indian crepes (idli?). Overall, the food was well-prepared and tasty.

The service was friendly and attentive but somewhat rough. Our server was really nice and tried hard, but it seemed she hasn't been trained that much/well. For example, after pouring our wine, she recorked the bottle when she set it back on the table.

My impression is that they are looking for the same vibe and crowd as their neighbor, Butterfly: a hip, trendy bar scene, with non-challenging versions of Asian (south Asian, in this case) food.

Crossing the Bar
Pier 33, The Embarcadero
(between Hornblower Cruises and Butterfly, across from Houston's)

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