My husband and I were actually at the bar next door, for a "happy hour" get together with some of my co-workers one night, and as we left to walk back to our car (don't worry, we were sober by then, just REALLY hungry) we noticed this wonderful restaurant. I was admiring the neat wooden fence that wraps around the side of it, and the barbecue chef said hi and asked if we knew about the restaurant. We chatted with him about the menu and my husband and I were very interested and we went it. I have never had Russian food, so I was a little iffy, but let me tell you, the Borscht was delicious and I don't normally care for beets! We also got the lamb shashlik (not sure how you spell it) and it was magnificent, cooked just right, with a wonderful barbecue flavor. The head chef and owner (I believe), John, came over and said hi to us and conversed with us off and on throughout the night. It was a delightful experience that neither of us had planned. You should visit this wonderful eatery. Oh, and the bathroom is decorated in a very interesting and neat way. Take note that when we went there they only accepted cash. I'm not sure if this policy has changed. You might want to call and check beforehand or just be prepared with cash. We weren't aware of that, but thankfully we had cash on us.
Posted: 12/06/2008 • Link to this review
Only in North Park would we have a Russian, Gregorian restaurant! I almost couldn't find it, I drove by it twice,,, Word to the owner,,,get a nice, but funky, sign that lights up at night, so we can see you. Don't get too nice of a sign tho, we don't want the we-THINK-we-are-trendy douchebag hipsters from the Gaslamp to find you,,,then your prices would go up,,the food quality would go down,,,parking would turn into $15 valet. Hmmmmmmm,second thought,,,no big sign,,,,WE know where you are.
Posted: 8/04/2008 • Link to this review
What a great find! I have been looking for a decent Russian restaurant in this bland city for food(except for Mexican). Such a post cold war cafe! Potato Perogies and yogurt/sour cream sauce, and the Borscht! This is serious Gregorian food. Goes donw heavy and stays with you! Too bad it does not snow in San Diego,this place would be utterly fantastic on a cold winter evening, cause it sure was on a warm summer evening!
Posted: 8/04/2008 • Last edited: 8/10/2008 • Link to this review
Having lived in San Francisco, I ate art least once a week at some Russian deli. Finally, I have found a Russian eatery here in Wonderbread San Diego. Funky, bohemian and very hearty. The salmon and chicken dumplings were great with plenty of sour cream/yogurt sauce. The borscht was also good and the blue cheese meatballs(the size of mini meatloafs), were excellent! The waitress actuallly apologized for their size! My sincere compliments to the chef. I'lllllll be baaaaack.
Posted: 7/21/2008 • Link to this review
I had never tried Russian food and was pleasantly surprised with Pomegranate Russian Georgian Restaurant. We had a large group so I was able to try a wide variety of entrees. We order the sampler platter which included a great selection of spicey salad type samples. The dumplings were a big hit also. The only down side was the service was super slow. Don't know if they were under staffed or if that's the way it is.
Posted: 5/28/2008 • Link to this review
Before a friend told me about this restaurant, I had never actually thought of "Russian" food, but this place is a riot, and the food is surprisingly good. I would recommend it.
Posted: 5/13/2008 • Last edited: 5/29/2008 • Link to this review
I can't say enough about this little North Park find. I've told everyone I know about it! If you are familiar with Russian food you have to try Pomegranate. This is a fun down to earth place, where you can read literally off the wall commentary from past guests while you order. Although small it has lots of character, where laughter and appeitite is encouraged. The staff is friendly and fun. Decor is random and humorous. If the scenery doesn't bring you back, the food will. *Ask for the appetizer sampler, it's off the menu!*
Posted: 3/09/2008 • Link to this review