Pomegranate Express

Pomegranate Express
12 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH
  • Telephone 0131 557 4040
  • Seasonal times Festival: extended opening hours
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–11pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.pom-express.com
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Sister venue of Pomegranate in Leith, Pomegranate Express offers up tasty, great value Middle Eastern street food in casual surroundings in Old Town Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh’s Middle Eastern mini-chain has a new link. Hanam’s, Laila’s Bistro, Pomegranate and Souq have recently been joined by Pomegranate Express, which aims to bring Middle Eastern street food to the table and to your home (via Deliveroo). Open daily from noon to 11pm, its Nicolson Street location and BYOB policy means it’s convenient and affordable for students, theatre-goers and anyone looking for dependably tasty mezze, shawarma and wraps served in comfortable, unpretentious surroundings. The service is efficient yet warm. A wall-mounted TV plays mesmerising Arabic music videos in the background, as you start by sharing dips and warm mezze. Whipped feta has the expected salty tang but aeration and slivers of caramelised fig elevate it, while the accompanying Lebanese flat bread does the scooping job but isn’t the star of the show. Crispy cauliflower fritters are served tempura-style and give good crunch, while the chargrilled marinated meat options – chicken and lamb – are melt-in-the-mouth delicious. Buddha bowls major in cous cous, with assorted vegetarian accoutrements, cater to the calorie-conscious, while a robust dessert list caters to everyone else.

The List's rating
6.8

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Gill Thomson visited Pomegranate Express on 27 March 2019
  • High point: A convenient location to grab good-value food
  • Low point: Not so much of the shredded lettuce if you please
  • Notable dish: Chicken kebab platter
  • Average price: £13 (lunch); £15 (dinner)
  • Delivery: https://deliveroo.co.uk/menu/edinburgh/old-town/pomegranate-express
  • Provides: Halal options, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: TV playing Arabic music videos
  • Capacity: 34
  • Open since: 2019
  • BYOB: Beer £2; wine £4 corkage (Proof of ID required)