The word on the street in West Didsbury is that Pomegranate is really rather special. And with beautifully-prepared modern Persian food, very reasonable prices, and extremely appreciative customers, it’s no surprise food-lovers from beyond the suburb are starting to share the love.
Set in a leafy suburban street, Pomegranate is welcoming and homely. Assorted chairs and tables are scattered across a polished wood floor; floor-to-ceiling windows form the front wall, and a mosaic-tiled bar runs across the back. Framed fabrics and stunning multi-coloured glass mosaic lanterns add warmth and colour.
The menu is varied, reflecting the diverse culinary styles of the different Persian regions. Tender lamb, moist chicken, pomegranates and walnuts all feature strongly, along with fresh green herbs and saffron rice. There are succulent roasts, rich stews, and inviting salads, all freshly prepared daily. Meat and fish is never frozen.
There is a good selection of mezze dishes, each of which you can choose singly as a starter or in combination as a main meal. At just £10.95 for three mezze plus nan bread or rice, the early doors mixed mezze menu (before 7pm) is a popular option. The choice includes Kookoo Sabsi – parsley, coriander and chives served with eggs, blueberries and walnuts (£3.95); Gilagesh – chicken liver cooked in garlic, onions and pomegranate sauce (£4.20), and, of course, the simple but delicious marinated olives (£2.95) without which no middle-eastern meal would be complete.
The main course menu offers a selection of sumptuous dishes, each with its own blend of delicately-balanced herbs and spices. Try the Addas Polo– saffron basmati rice with chicken, green lentils, raisins and almonds (£9.95), or the hearty Vegetable Casserole, cooked with chickpeas (£9.95).
If you have a sweet tooth, I guarantee you won’t be skipping dessert. The choice includes sweet, sticky baklava, Persian ice cream flavoured with saffron and pistachio, and panna cotta with a Persian twist.
In the words of proprietor and Head Chef, Sia Yazdami, Pomegranate promises “Good food, a friendly and warm atmosphere, enjoying families and friends company – and no cooking or washing up after!”
What more could you ask?
202 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LW
Online booking available here
Tuesday – Thursday: 5.00pm – 10.30pm
Friday – Saturday: 5.00pm – 11:00pm
Sunday: 2.00pm – 9.30pm
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