We went to Pomegranate, as part of a group of four, for my wife's birthday. The appeal was to try something different and Persian food is something we have not really come across elsewhere in Manchester, or during our travels around other big cities of the UK for that matter.
Having said that, the menu is not that 'far out' and does have familiar ingredients such as feta cheese, halloumi, lamb, aubergine, yoghurt and other mainstays that you would find on a Turkish or Greek menu - which makes sense given Iran's close proximity to these countries.
We started off with sesame and butter naan alongside various dips - the yoghurt with wild garlic and fresh mint being the highlight. From there we tucked into the addass polo, a fresh-tasting tangy chicken dish, and the ghafghazi, a mildly spicy lamb dish. The Persian rice was particularly tasty and added something different to the meal. We also ventured into the desserts with an order of homemade pistachio ice cream. Again, this was very good.
Alongside of this we had two bottles of white wine (Italian!). The total bill was pushing towards £100 but for four people on a birthday meal, this we think is fairly reasonable.
As it was a Monday evening, the venue itself was very quiet - however, it is a relatively small restaurant and therefore did not feel 'dead' as some places do earlier in the week.
Overall, a very enjoyable meal and evening out in West Didsbury.
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