Went for dinner last night; my dining partner's choice... horrible choice. I should have picked as she's not much of a foodie, even though she claimed the food here was pretty good (she suggested Savanna Jazz several months back, and thats when I realized she doesn't know her food). Crossing the Bar is supposed to be a French/Indian fusion place w/ a bar & dance floor, although there really wasn't much fusion, nor was there authentic French or Indian going on.
App: tried the Mixed Veggie wrap thing -- a soggy limp wrap stuffed w/ veggies, served with a sweet jam & red chili oil -- yech.
Main: tried both the curried lamb and the "Goan (something) Red Chicken"... lamb was not gamey, which was good; but lacked any real "wow" flavor, and really tough meat. Chicken... was extremely dry and didn't seem fresh (from the freezer?). Saffron basmati rice came with both orders, and even that wasn't done properly -- seemed a bit undercooked.
Dessert: friend claimed dessert is the crowning point in this joint, so I was hoping it would redeem the horrid experience -- no such luck. We decided on the Hazelnut Mousse... nothing spectacular, only mediocre.
So next time I'm going to pick the place... any suggestions from CHers on a place for dinner on weeknight, quiet enough that diners can hear themselves and each other, w/ no lines out the door with folks glaring "hurry up" at small parties who are there from 6-9 pm and still chatting it up? Needs to be w/in walking distance from BART (for me) and has parking nearby (for her). And the most important point: the food must be at least edible for a CHer.