The owners of the very successful Hanam’s restaurant on Johnston Terrace have now opened “Pomegranate” at the top of Leith Walk opposite the Playhouse Theatre. Decorated in fresh, cool colours of purple, pink and green, magical hanging lanterns and brass Hookahs, the artistic setting offers a touch of the Exotic, a blend of North Africa and the Middle East. Speciality traditional cuisine and embrace the culture fully by smoking a Shisha Pipe. Private dining room too for themed Arabian Nights parties.
£10 Challenge: friendly restaurant providing food from Lebanon, Morocco Iran and Saudi Arabia
Reviewed by Irene Brown
Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 3:34pm
Pomegranate’s purple door has been tempting for too long. At last, R. and I got round to dining there as part of EdinburghGuide.com’s £10 Challenge. The décor of raspberry, cerise and bright pea green with pistachio walls split by a dado rail and bright beaded cushions with shisha pipes set a pleasing and cheering atmosphere in this friendly restaurant serving dishes from Lebanon, Morocco Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The special lunch menu that runs from Monday to Thursday offers a range of mezze dishes and we plumped for the choice of five mezze to share for £18. Two of the mezze dishes were to be hot but from a generous menu we both wanted the same hot dish of Hummus Shawarma which is lamb fillet strips on smooth chick pea hummus. To share, we chose Batata Harra which is fried diced potato in coriander, chilli and garlic, Tabbuleh which is parsley, tomato, spring onion and bulgar wheat and Dolma – marinated vine leaves stuffed with aromatic rice.
The lamb was plentiful and flavoursome though some of the strips could have been leaner and it sat on a generous bed of smooth, tangy hummus that could be mopped with the flat bread that comes with the meal. The Tabbuleh was bright and fresh, with that lovely cleansing feeling to the palate though there was little evidence of any tomato in our portion, but that may have been the luck of the ladle. The Dolma was served with a token salad and was a perfect complement to our choices – tender, tasty and colourful.
Turkish tea is too hard to resist after a Middle Eastern lunch so we ordered cardamom tea which came in traditional tulip glasses and was the perfect digestif. The Turkish Delight we ordered as a sweet treat to accompany it was gorgeously soft and delicious. That tipped us a bit beyond the £10 budget but that was a personal choice. The lunch itself was more than adequate.
Pomegranate offers BYOB with free corkage and has an area downstairs where diners can sit in the alcove style rooms and enjoy a shisha. There is also a new private Arabic dining room which looks exotic with its Persian carpeted seats and low tables that is available for parties.
The friendly, efficient staff made this visit a particular pleasure. It is worth saying ‘open sesame’ to the culinary treasures of Pomegranate.
A Banquet of Hot Spicy Dishes, rich in Eastern Promise
Reviewed by Vivien Devlin
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 5:22pm
The menu at Pomegranate is designed to encourage the culinary art of sharing a selection of Mezze – small savoury tapas - an appetising range of traditional, spicy meat and vegetarian specialities from Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran.
My partner and I chose three dishes each to share between us - quite adequate for a pre-theatre supper. Our banquet included Tabbouleh, Hummus, Batata Harra, delicious hot chilli-spiced fried potatoes, Aubergines stuffed with rice, Samboussek (Lebanese samosas stuffed with vegetables) and a basket of huge Naan bread. Served with olives and green salad, the cuisine is very fresh, tasty and healthy.
Soft drinks and non-alcoholic wine and beer are served, but with a BYOB policy you are welcome to bring your own bottle of wine, (no corkage fee).
For a hearty meal, start with a cold or hot Mezze as an appetiser and then a main course such as Bamya, a spicy Okra stew with basmati rice, Prawn, Chicken or Lamb Kebab served with bread and salad. Finish with a refreshing Mango sorbet or Baklawa, sweet filo pastry filled with pistgachio nuts.
Alternatively, drop in to Pomegranate during the day for a cup of traditional Cha (Cardamom tea), Mint Tea or Arabic coffee with a Turkish Delight cupcake – and perhaps try your hand at smoking a Shisha pipe at an outdoor patio table.
Downstairs, a new intimate Salon is designed and draped like a Desert Tent with low tables and soft cushions, the perfect venue for private dinner parties on an Arabian Nights theme.