I have been on a kick to try out some different taste sensations lately and have been eyeing this place from afar recently. Last night I decided that we were going to give Om Restaurant a try as I was craving Indian fare. Sure glad we did as this was a feast fitting for a Maharaja!
On weekend nights this place is packed as it’s a narrow little eatery with only about 13-15 tables in it that seats two at a time. I figured Monday night would be a good call and when we dropped by it was still pretty busy, but we easily found a seat. The aroma of delicious curry and spices filling the air is intoxicating when you walk in, and immediately sets off your taste buds tingling with anticipation. The decor is understated, bright and clean, yet simple and elegant at the same time.
I had called ahead to confirm that they are BYOB and happily grabbed a bottle of one of our favorite wines at the liquor shop conveniently located a few doors down. As soon as we sat down our waiter took our bottle to open and pour into our glasses – with no corkage fee either! We ordered and within minutes were treated to a fabulous meal.
Sweet and Sour Gobi – cauliflower cooked in a sweet and sour red sauce. So good, and the sauce reminded me of an Italian style mixture.
Plain Naan bread – their version is light, soft, fluffy, with a bit of char-grill on the underside. Perfect for dipping into the sauces of our main entrees.
Chicken Tikka Masala – in a tomato cream sauce. A classic favorite done just right. I could eat this all the time.
Chicken Tikka Curry – chicken tikka cooked with assorted veggies. I just love the taste and smell of curry and this did not disappoint. Good mix of chicken and veggies.
I must say that the service here is impeccable. The servers cater to your every need and make sure you are having a quality dining experience. Our water glasses were always filled, and our wine glasses were topped off at just the right moments. Delicious food at fair prices. Even the owner came by to chat and make sure we were enjoying our meal. There is a feeling of genuine concern and warmness here that I find lacking in many restaurants nowadays. We could not have asked for a better dining choice and will certainly be back again. Lately, it seems like the the UES / Yorkville part of town is becoming a foodie haven with all of these newer additions to the area. It’s a pleasant surprise!
“OM” nom nom nom for sure!