Thursday, May 29, 2008

Pomegranate Russian-Georgian Restaurant

Pomegranate has been on the must-eat list for years. My friends and I have been talking about trying it ever since we moved to North Park. Yet, we never went. Finally, J. and I met up with her friends for dinner last Saturday.

Two things to note about this restaurant... arrive early and bring cash. For a less crowded and noisy dining experience, definitely arrive prior to the dinner rush. We left just as the noise level began to increase exponentially. The staff is attentive, but that drops precariously when they become more busy. It took a while to receive our check. Also, they are cash only and not inexpensive, so remember to make a run to the ATM prior to eating.

We decided to order their appetizer sampler, which was delicious. There were six salads on the tray, with the larger portions in the middle and top being more Russian and the four smaller scoops along the bottom being more Georgian.

The middle was a cold cabbage salad mixed pickled with a variety of spices. The top was a potato salad with a mayonnaise-y dressing.The bottom four, from left to right: bean and eggplant, shredded carrots, marinated peppers, and shredded beets. These salads were prepared with lots of garlic, which I do not object to.

I picked golubtsi as my entree. Cabbage rolls stuffed with ground beef and simmered in beef stock, carrots, and tomatoes. The result is a very hearty meal. I made my way through one cabbage roll and I was done.

It was accompanied by a buttery rice and spiced potato.

It was a fantastic meal. Not cheap, but hearty and delicious. My entree was practically two meals. So, if you're looking for a homey, vaguely kitschy, and fabulous place for dinner, Pomegranate fits the bill. I can't wait to return to try more of their dishes. Next time, though, I'll bring plenty of cash.

Pomegranate Russian-Georgian Restaurant
2302 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104