It once seemed cool to like Russian cuisine in a sort of ironic, vaguely countercultural sort of way. It may now be mandatory to like Russian cuisine in a sort of fascistic, vaguely homoerotic sort of way. Sad. Fortunately, Pomegranate Restaurant (2312 El Cajon Blvd.) in North Park will make it easy to comply with the dictates of our newly minted overlords.