Cooking food over an open flame can impart smoky flavor and seal in savory juices, but cooking food over an eternal flame can get a bobsledding team kicked out of the Olympics. Get your fill of flame-cooked fare with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of Persian fare at The Pomegranate in Williamsville.
The Pomegranate serves up fresh Persian fare free from the frigid kiss of the freezer and served in a brand-new, authentic interior. Start your meal with the house-named soup, a hearty stew in which legumes and spinach express their passion for spoonfuls of pomegranate sauce ($4.95), or an order of velvety hummus ($4.95). Beef, lamb, or chicken kebabs are made with quality meats and cooked on an open fire right in front of your eyes ($7.99–$12.99). Old fishermen can pine for the one that got away as they sink hunger hooks into a charbroiled tilapia fillet ($12.99). Satisfy vegetariurges with the Eggplant Delight, a baked whole eggplant crowned with special walnut and pomegranate sauce ($6.99), or parachute meat-seeking mouths into ghaimeh, a savory stew with diced chicken, yellow split peas, and a special tomato sauce ($7.99). Guests can wash down grub with delicious juices gathered from low-hanging juice clouds.
When diners step into The Pomegranate and see kebabs, rice, and flatbreads decorating the menu, they might expect a typical Mediterranean meal. But the scent in the air should soon convince them otherwise. In the kitchen, chefs surprise nostrils and taste buds with Persian cooking's subtle combinations of herbs and mild spices, such as dried lime, rose water, pomegranate paste, and mint, combined according to secret family recipes in order to create a delicate, full flavor that dances across the palate. Their stews—including the signature chicken stew with walnut and pomegranate—simmer for hours, and house marinades result in tender, tongue-mesmerizing kebabs from fresh chicken, beef, and lamb. Yet not all the magic happens out of sight. The chefs grill their meats over an open flame before diners' eyes, hypnotizing, beckoning, and grabbing their attention without using cartoon hands made out of smoke. To maintain its authenticity, The Pomegranate imports its basmati rice and stocks the kitchen with fresh and healthy ingredients, which it transforms into meals for meat lovers and vegetarians alike.