After weeks of trying to find a day when none of us were busy, myself and my five former housemates were finally all free on Monday for a reunion dinner. Having lived together for a year, the six of us were well aware of how differently we cook and how diverse our food preferences are, so when we were picking where to eat there was a slight worry that we wouldn't find a restaurant that suited us all. However, Pomegranate proved to be a unifying force and all six of us left fully satisfied at the end of the evening.
The waiting staff were attentive and courteous from the off and gave us welcome advice on what drinks and dishes to order. In order to sample as many dishes as possible, as per their recommendation, we decided to order a selection from the hot and cold mezze sections of the menu, though lots of the main options looked very tempting and when we inevitably return I'm sure we'll be dipping into the other sections of the menu!
Alongside lots of Lebanese pita bread and rice we ordered dishes including Qarnabit Muqli, fried cauliflower topped with tahini sauce; Lubia, a dish of green beans cooked in a tomato and garlic sauce; Calamar Muqli, deep fried squid rings served with tahini sauce; and the highly recommended Kalaj, halloumi, olives and herbs sandwiched between a grilled pita bread.
It became quickly obvious that we should have ordered more hummus; their recipe was simple but delicious and was a great accompaniment to everything we ordered. The Babaghanouj was smoky but not overpowering and came with the delightful addition of a pomegranate garnish. Though some of our group were reluctant to try it, not being huge fans of aubergine in general, there were definitely some converts and the plate was emptied in no time. It was also a good job we ordered two portions of halloumi as this proved to be a favourite - the cheese was (very) generously sliced and paired with a refreshing cucumber, lettuce and lemon salad which counteracted the halloumi's saltiness perfectly. The spicier Batata Harrah, potatoes sauteed with garlic, chillies and coriander, went down a treat and the two plates of falafel we ordered disappeared astonishingly quickly!
The empty plates say it all...
With two devout meat eaters present who have often disdained at the vegetarian/ pescetarian leanings of the rest of us, the lack of meat on the table was a ringing endorsement of just how good the vegetarian food at Pomegranate is. With the perfect combination of friendly, perceptive staff and great food, everyone is sure to find something they like at Pomegranate and I for one am planning on going back very soon!