"Everything I do, I do on the principle of Russian borscht."
-- Yevgeny Yevtushenko
I found a wonderful friend who is equally passionate about good food as I, so together we forged ahead and tried to pick out one of the finest Russian-Georgian restaurants in San Diego. With so many Russian-Georgian cuisine options in San Diego, we could hardly choose [in between our Tolstoy readings]! So we finally settled on Pomegranate. :)
Equip yourself with the knowledge that it is wise to bring cash - just because its the easiest. Trust me. Or else you end up doing as I did - and high tailed it to the Ampm down the block to buy a pack a gum to get cash back. Also on the weekend make a reservation - because there is only one waitress.
We started off with what was called the Appetizer Combo. On this Thali reminiscent plate bore 7 different Traditional Georgian and Russian 'salads.' We were instructed as to the order to best enjoy these different veggies. I loved each and every one we tried and have o make the point that each tasted unique - a unusual occurance in such muddled sampler travesties. One reminded me of sour sweet yet crisp sauerkraut with pomegrantate powder and dried fruit; the next was a homey pickle studded, dill nuanced creamy potato veggie salad; my favorite: a green bean assorted veggie 'Indian flavored'; a killer rendition of beet salad which actually possessed texture and sweetness was offset by the smooth walnut dressing; refreshing simple carrot salad; and the one I had been wanting to try the bean based Georgian lobio.
The utter deliciousness of this plate set me up to becoming fully enamored with this eccentric wall scribbled restaurant. It was and is becoming a favorite of mine.
What arrived next were two soups - the borscht and the Schi, both blessed with a dollop of sour cream and fresh herb accoutrement. I was amazed by the depth of the latter 'peasant soup': slices of smoked kielbasa esque and a sweet pork and veal, chunks of beef, onions and what I like to refer to as "other good stuff."
The borscht was spot on - veggies were toothsome and if you like borscht, I think youll like the one served here.
Finally, we recieved the Chiles en nogada or rather chicken thighs en nogada [I dont know what this is called]. The Chicken thighs were roasted to perfection but fall apart tender and topped with a cinnamon spiked walnut cream sauce sprinkled with [fittingly] pomegranate seeds. I appreciated the generous sliced persimmon and orange garnish - which we enjoyed as dessert.
Word of warning watch out for the Russian mafioso looking guys out front smoking and the "Stroganoff makes me horny" scribble on the wall. :)
This place is great - I think you all will like it if you give it a chance - we had great service and a wonderful evening.