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It’s easy to see why Californian restaurant ‘Pomona’s’ has proved such a hit for those looking for a taste of Los Angeles without the air fare. It’s bright, it’s colourful, and most of its’ clientele look like they’ve stepped straight out of the OC.

 

We arrived for dinner on a Wednesday night and before we knew it we were handed the cocktail menu. I was intrigued by the  ‘aloe vera spritz’, which, combining chardonnay, aloe vera, peach wine and soda, turned out to be like a superior aperol spritz. My friend wasn’t in the mood for alcohol, and was pleased to find that she wasn’t forced to choose from soft drinks on tap, and instead there was a whole section of the menu dedicated to the mocktail . She opted for the hibiscus and watermelon cooler. Infused with rosemary, it felt – and looked – super healthy and light, which was lucky considering the rich food we were about to gorge ourselves in.

 

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If you’re a fan of seafood, you’re going to enjoy what ‘Pomona’s’ has to offer. Although we nibbled on a number of starters, we were still reminiscing about the soft shell crab and guacamole days later. The vietnamese rolls are also worth a mention due to the fact that they managed to avoid the greasy, fatty feel and had the crispy outside, soft center ratio down to a T.

 

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In terms of mains, the fish won first prize again, although trying to share the monkfish curry with someone is inadvisable. It’s so flavoursome that you will find yourselves forgetting to enjoy it and instead racing to the finish line in order to ensure that you consume your fair share! Rather than simply being accompanied by rice, it comes complete with toasted cashews – something which only further enhances the flavours. The madagascan prawn dish was also good, something which didn’t come as a surprise by this point.

 

The one dish that slightly let us down was the quinoa, cucumber, peas, labneh, pomegranate and herbs. It was dry and could have done with something to give it a bit more va-va-voom. In a similar vein, there could be more vegan-friendly options in general – especially for a restaurant that claims to be Californian!

 

Dessert came in the form of oozy melting chocolate filled sponge and crumbly eton mess. I have tried a lot of desserts in London and it’s safe to say that these were some of the best I’ve tried to date. Whatever you do – don’t skip dessert (trust us, it’s worth the tight feeling clothes the next day).

 

Pomona’s is a place fancy enough to dress up on a date and casual enough to have brunch with the girls. Speaking of brunch – one look at their brunch menu has us ready to make a second booking. Watch this space!

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