The intimate and warm setting of Pomegranate in Richmond's Shockoe Slip was the perfect antidote to a windy January night and a friend's birthday celebration. I arrived a few minutes late, and was delighted to find a bottle of Amaraone opened on the table- i love this dry rich red from Italy's Veneto region. After a tuna seviche starter, I really enjoyed the braised veal cheeks, served in a rich tomatoey stock, accompanied by a polenta cake, all on a bed of fresh spinach. It was a perfectly hearty dish for a cold night- all we were missing was a fireplace.
Desserts were good- a chocolate soup, berries served warm with marscapone, and a creme brulee that hit my two requirements- crunchy on top and creamy inside. Things were a bit too quiet-- it seemed dead for a Thursday night- is there any parallel between their lack of business and a dwindling wine list that favors $50.00 + bottles ?