6th January 2017 5.30pm
First meal out of the new year! I live around the corner from Pomegranate and due to it’s proximity, it always gets missed out for a look in as I always think it’s so close by that I’ll be able to pop in whenever. We had originally booked for the day before but had to change plans. As it was a Friday night at late notice across the way from the Playhouse, we could only get a table at 5.30pm or 8pm. We opted for the earlier time. For those who are interested, they also have shisha pipes available in a separate area but this was not our kind of thing.
On arrival we had to wait in a queue to be seated as a large group had just arrived but we didn’t have to wait too long and were shown to a roomy table that could seat 4 (there were two of us). Pomegranate’s menu offers two styles of middle eastern dining. You can either have several mezze plates, a bit like tapas, or you can go for a more traditional starter and main affair. We decided to do the latter. I went for baba ghanoush followed by a gosht kebab. My dining companion chose fatoush followed by Moroccan meatballs.
The starters arrived and we tucked in. My baba ganoush was excellent. It had a beautiful smokiness but still a sweet undertone. A massive naan bread was supplied to scoop up this auberginey goodness. This was light and beautifully puffed up. I could have eaten this all evening. On the other side of the table, the fatoush was also received well. Those unfamiliar with fatoush, it’s a Lebanese salad with lettuce, tomatoes, onion, radish and cucumber.
The mains arrived and they were massive. Another naan was provided and both dishes had a generous portion of rice. My gosht kebab (well actually two kebabs) was a minced lamb kebab and had okra in a tomatoey sauce on the side. The kebab was full of flavour but a bit dry with the rice, so definitely needed the okra in the sauce to balance it out. I’m not a massive fan of okra but this was pleasant enough. On the other side of the table, the meatballs were enjoyed. She felt that her rice or meatballs were over seasoned with salt but I didn’t notice the same with mine (and as it transpired, my friend woke up incredibly thirsty the morning after, so it was likely it was over salted). This course was less of a hit than the starters.
We were full as we’d overdosed on naan and rice so didn’t opt for dessert. This meal was a bit up and down and I think we might be more likely to go for the mezze option if we went again. Service wise, everyone was pleasant but we were asked the same questions several times by different members of staff, which made it feel a bit chaotic.
Food – 7.5/10
Service – 7/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 8/10
Overall – 29.5/40
Would I eat here again? For the baba ghanoush – yes.
Cost £41 for two starters and mains