Pomegranate Mediterranean Cuisine in Gahanna is a funusual place. It claims to have "Mediterranean" influences from such countries as Croatia, Egypt, Israel and about a dozen others. But how, then, explain an appetizer (pictured directly above) that wraps Latin American beloved avocado in Chinese style eggroll wrappers served with an Indian-type tamarind and crushed-nut chutney? Answer: I don't give a crap, as long as it tastes good--and Pomegranate does indeed serve a lot of bold and delicious food.

Certainly some of Pomegranate's fare originates from discernible locales (there's plenty of Greek and Middle Eastern goodies). But if a few items sprang from its owner's brain and kitchen, as long as it pleases palates, so much the better. Such was the case with the Mexican-goes-Greek "Mediterranean Quesadillas" that semi-brilliantly stuffed extra crispy tortillas with herby gyro meat plus molten kasseri (the flaming opa! saganaki cheese) and feta (middle picture, and listed on the menu with a humorously culinary question like "why should the Mexicans have all the fun?"). These irresistible, fun-to-munch apps were positively saltastic!

One other standout was (top pic) the Chicken a la Sabra--rosemary scented and partnered with a bright, olive, orange and winey sauce. Like most entrees in this full liquor licensed place, this came with a huge salad or soup (great avgolemono!) plus a starch (love the spicy brown rice!) and surprisingly (as in I'm surprised that so many other joints just cannot get this right!) good, fresh and zestily seasoned sauteed vegetables.

Read my full review in This Week News.