When Khushi’s opened up on Edinburgh’s Antigua Place last year, it prompted a lot of revamping among many of the other restaurants opposite the Playhouse.
One to check out is 5pm member Shezan on Union Place. A family-run Indian restaurant, it has recently had a very Bollywood makeover and looks very snazz.
The lastest to have a re-think is Ferri’s Italian which has gone to the great pizzeria in the sky and been replaced by Pomegranate which is billed as a Middle Eastern street food restaurant.
The venue’s new look, with Moorish lanterns and colurful shisha pipes in the windows, is a lot more interesting than the old Italian and the menu seems likely to draw in curious diners as well.
Hot and cold mezze, the building blocks of many a Eastern Med and Middle Eastern cuisine, are there in abundance with salads like fatoush, and tabbouleh lining up alongside hot mezze such as the humus topped with marinated lamb.
Grilled meats, skewers and stews make up the main courses while the kitchen has really gone to town on the desserts. Rosewater cupcakes, rosewater sorbet, pomegranate ice cream and baklawa are all in the mix.
If you fancy a go on the shisha pipe then it’s £10 a session. On a more conventional note, many diners will be pleased that Pomegranate has a BYOB policy with no corkage. Apparently, it’s the sister restaurant to the popular Hanam’s on St Johnston Terrace.