Eggplant made another appearance in a sensational soup (just $40 for a big, deep bowl). This may have been our favourite dish of the lunch; the chilli, cumin and flecks of feta brought a depth of flavour to this soul-warming soup.
Pomegranate’s herb salad ($90), topped with wedges of squeaky pan-fried halloumi (+$25), provided fresh, clean flavours from the rocket, coriander and mint, with the cherry tomatoes giving pops of sweetness for balance.
Moving on to the more substantial plates, Middle Eastern comfort food seemed to be the theme. Tunisian shakshouka ($95), that brunch staple, featured silky, runny eggs poached in a ramekin, bathed in a punchy tomato-based sauce that was heavy on the eggplant once again. This would make a bright start to anyone’s day.
The herbed meatballs with broad beans in a pomegranate molasses jus ($100) was another winner. The meatballs, heady with herbs and spices including the unique addition of cinnamon, were soft pillows atop a bed of lush Parmesan mash – meat and potatoes at its best.
We also sampled two daily desserts ($45) – pumpkin and pear tarts – and while perfectly tasty, they paled in comparison to the savoury dishes.
Two- and three-course set lunch menus ($130 or $168 per person) are also available.
Verdict: If you live or work in the area, you should thank your lucky stars for such a delightful, healthy, affordable lunch option. And with the new Wong Chuk Hang MTR station set to open next month, Pomegranate Kitchen could definitely become a weekday lunch destination for non-locals as well.
4/F, Sing Teck Factory Building, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, 2580 0663