Pomegranate – Brighton

Hello! Sorry for the erratic posting lately, we’ve had a string of crazy weekends and life has been a little bit all over the place in the Fats & Bird bubble. However this coming weekend we finally, finally have a weekend to ourselves, and we don’t have to get on another train until October 31st! Words can’t express my excitement at this prospect. Anyway, back to the weekend just gone, we went to see Bird’s parents in Brighton – we haven’t been since June and a visit was long overdue.

Before we left Bristol we stopped for lunch at Friska which is a Bristol mini-chain of cafes producing incredible fresh food with punchy flavours at great prices and they’re pretty ethically fab too. We both plumped for the chicken pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) which was delicious – it had a really strong stock, and it was spicy and fragrant with perfect noodles and big chunks of juicy chicken. Just what we needed to freshen up before a train journey! Four hours later we arrived in Brighton and after a few hours of catching up settled down to a Mumma Bird roast dinner. Now she can really cook a roast dinner! One day we’ll be able to get it down to such a fine art.

On Saturday night we went out for dinner in Brighton, which was something of a rare treat. We don’t get to visit as much as we would like, and Daddy Bird isn’t that keen on going out, meaning that Fats had never eaten out in Brighton with the Bird clan! We went to Pomegranate which is a contemporary Middle Eastern restaurant right in Kemptown in the centre of Brighton, easy walking distance from Bird’s house. The Birds had been before, nearly 6 years previously for Bird’s 18th birthday and though the memories are a little hazy they are good ones. After dithering at the expansive menu we decided on some starters to share. We had two lots of Turkish sausage, one of baba ganoush with sliced pitta bread and one of stuffed vine leaves. The baba ganoush was smoky and creamy, the vine leaves were tangy and lightly spiced and the spicy Turkish sausage was beautiful – sliced thinly and then fried until crisp.  We washed this down with some merlot before our mains arrived.

The senior Birds both chose the Sizzling Chicken – juicy chicken pieces and vegetables drizzled with the restaurant’s signature butter and yoghurt sauce and served on a huge flatbread with rice salad and some mixed leaves. It also came served with a spicy dip on the side if you like your chilli (which all of us do!). We both tried a little of the chicken which was beautiful, and the portions were extremely generous.

Bird plumped for the vegetarian version, a pitta bread came topped with mixed sliced red peppers, mushrooms and spinach, then a layer of 3 thick-cut grilled aubergine slices which were smothered in a lemon and tahini sauce, a layer of 4 thick-cut courgette slices and finally 2 huge slices of tomato. This was served with a brilliant bulgar rice salad, tomato-y, spicy, gorgeous! Like all the mixed leaves of the evening these came dressed in pomegranate molasses which proved a clean, tangy flavour to cut through the tahini.

Fats chose the beef and pomegranate – there’s not a lot to say about this apart from that it was simply delicious! A healthy volume of grilled beef chunks were served peppered with pomegranate (are you beginning to spot the theme?) – the fresh bursts of flavour contrasted really nicely with the charred flavour of the beef.

Finally we shared a dessert, dried whole figs stuffed with a honey, walnut and pomegranate paste – the perfect way to finish off the evening. We then wandered/high-kicked (á la Ministry of Silly Walks) our way back along the seafront, extremely full and satisfied. The bill came to around £120 including service charge for 4 starters, 4 mains, 1 dessert and 2 bottles of lovely wine – very reasonable! We would say we’ll definitely be back but given how infrequently we’re in Brighton and how many brilliant restaurants there are it might take us a while to get back round to Pomegranate.

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