Think Middle Eastern Food and images of olives, chickpeas, honey, dates and those wee jewels of the fruit world, pomegranates, spring to mind.
Pomegranate, situated on Antigua Street stands untouched it seems by the chaos that comes from road works opposite from the top of Leith Walk up to Princes Street. It is a wee calm foodie oasis serving up some pretty fabulous mezze delights that will leave you with a full belly and a wide smile.
The menu has a wide selection of hot mezze dishes and main course dishes. Watching dishes come out the kitchen and make their way to tables, will make you want every dish on the menu. It is a very difficult choice to make.
As we had no idea about portion size, and with a hunger that would make a horse jealous, we seemed to order alot. We did order alot! but it was worth it.
First up, the hummus and the olive tapenade. Large bowls filled to the brim with freshly made dips. The hummus was creamy, quite nutty and came with a super garlic hit for free. The olive tapenade was rich, and black, bitter sweet and added a nice deep earthiness when scooped up onto a piece of flatbread.
Of course we had to have naan bread. There is something quite homely about ripping off bread and dipping it into food. These were large, hot and very very comforting.
Then came the Falafels served with a smaller bowl of hummus. Lightly fried fluffy balls of chickpeas and spices. Just delightful, mouthful after mouthful.
And still the dishes come. Big chunks of deep fried halloumi drizzled with olive oil. Dip these in the olive tapenade and you’ll be in foodie heaven for a few minutes.
Then came the Hummus Shawarma; a hot mezze dish of thin marinated slices of lamb fillet on a bed of chickpea dip. Wonderfully aromatic in smell and taste. The lamb strips were tender and another ideal mouthful when accompanied with the hummus.
Then came three little triangles of crispy crunchy goodness. Lamb Samboussek is a Lebanese dish of pastry triangles filled with minced lamb.
By this point our poor waitress thought that we were done and had to remind her that we still had shawarma’s ordered! We definitely had a case of ‘eyes way bigger than our bellies’ as we had to ask for these dish to go after we managed about 2 bites each.
The Lamb Shawarma Wrap is massive. Loaded with thin slices of marinated lamb inside naan bread and served alongside a salad. These bad boys take up half the plate and ooze with juicy goodness. The meat is well cooked, well seasoned and succulent. The naan breads carefully cross hatched and cut in half.
The Chicken Shawarma is the same. I’m licking my lips just writing this.
Just take another wee look at it. So, so good. The food is great and the service friendly.
To recap – Pomegranate, is a very relaxed brightly coloured restaurant that allows BYOB and serves up amazing Middle Eastern food. It’s not posh, it’s certainly not fine dining but if you want finger licking, hearty, tasty, great food to share with friends and family, then this is one place well worth visiting.
Pomegranate, Antigua Street, Edinburgh. Tel : 0131 5568337 www.pomegranatesrestaurant.com
My Spoon Award : Silver 8/10