I’ve always had a penchance for dishes spiked with curries, herbs & spices. I love flavors, and I love bright vibrant colors. So an Indian dinner at Om Lifestyle + Cafesounded perfectly wonderful to me! <3
OM Lifestyle + Cafe is an Indian store in Greenhills that carries a unique assortment of Indian home decor, linen, clothing and accessories, curated with love by mother-daughter tandem Suman and Anjie Gogna. The Cafe gives you a taste of Indian food and snacks in a boutique setting as you indulge in the best that India has to offer.
With mother & daughter tandem Suman and Anjie Gogna, and the Bossman, SPANKY ENRIQUEZ going for an Indian look with that shawl. ;)
Om Lifestyle + CaféSan Juan
2/F Fox Square Bldg, 53 Connecticut Street, San Juan
(02) 705 7072 / 631 6983 & 09175067288
Store Hours: Mondays – Saturdays 11am – 8pm (visitors can be accommodated outside of store hours by appointment)
Not a resident of Greenhills, I never knew of this “secret store” at the 2nd floor of Fox Square Building. Suman, mom of SAM YG (oh yes indeed), brings products for her friends from her native India, where she travels to twice a year. But she has plenty of Filipino clients as well clamoring for her goods.
I was so tempted to buy the brightly hued tops & golden shoes on display except you-know-who was with me that night. @_@ So I had to behave. But then again, that gives me an excuse to drop by again & revel in the colorful wares this lovely boutique has to offer! <3 I don’t know if you’ve noticed that I love wearing caftans. In fact I was wearing one that very night. Not only do they hide all that needs to be hidden, they provide cool & comfort for me as well in this tropical climate. I also love anything gold & bright. So everything in the store was screaming BUY ME to me, I swear!
I really liked this hand-painted paisley wall art which will look good on my kitchen wall. <3
Brightly colored tops starts at 2.5k. A bit pricey, but we have to consider the beadwork that goes into each top & the craftsmanship as well as the imported cloth used.
I fell in love with the gold pointed shoe on the leftmost, 2.5k so I will be visiting the store again soon.. on my own so I can shop to my heart’s desire! :P I can finally channel my inner Jasmin! ;)
The thinnest bangles cost 600/pair. Pretty affordable for an arm party! <3 I’m particularly drawn to the wider one though. LHAV!!!
Originally just a clothing & accessories boutique, Suman has expanded to including a cafe to her quaint little store. Om Cafe offers all-time favorite Indian food, drinks, and vegetarian options packed with the flavors of India.
The traditional iconography of OM was included in the scripted text of O + m to symbolize just what it stands for – a peaceful-blissful and non-dual state. The chakras, our bodies’ energy centers, are represented by the colors of the hoops echoing from the letter “O” as spirals of energy, each one relating to the others.
The menu, although a bit limited, carries all the Indian staples & favorites.
Lemon Ginger Cooler 80 php/glass. Lemonade with a hint of grated ginger.
Samosa 30 php/pc. Savory pastry stuffed with spiced potatoes.
I loved the curry flavor that came out of this Indian pastry with a generous dollop of assorted fillings.
Suman prepared a buffet feast for us filled with authentic, honest to goodness Indian cuisine favorites.
Mutton Curry (or goat meat) 200 php/serving. I don’t normally like gamey meats, so I liked how the spices overpowered the taste of this particular dish.
Chicken Tikka 180 php/serving. Marinated overnight in yogurt and spices, pan-grilled to perfection. Hands down my favorite for the night because of the spiciness & wonderful flavors and aroma.
Paneer Tikka 180 php. Best eaten with roti.. which was nowhere in sight huhuhu.
Palak Paneer 200 php/serving. Indian paneer cheese in spinach-based curry sauce. An acquired taste. The cheese didn’t speak to me much.
Chicken Biryani 150 php/serving. Biryani was traditionally prepared in earthenware pots and is known for its unique aroma, flavor and spices.
My plate. :)
Richard!!! Why ever are you not smiling??? @_@
Gulab Jamun 45 php/pc. Milk solids kneaded into a dough with a pinch of flour then shaped into small balls and deep fried at a low temperature. The balls are then soaked in a light sugar syrup flavored with green cardamom and rosewater, kewra or saffron. Interesting mix, but I found this dessert to be too sweet though, especially with the sugary syrup poured in.
Pistachio KULFI (Indian Ice Cream which is denser & creamier). Best Pistachio Ice Cream I’ve tasted so far. You can really revel in the nutty goodness mixed heavily into the heavenly cream.
Masala Chai 80 php. Indian tea prepared with milk, cardamom, cloves, etc. It was really spicy which was the perfect ending to wash out the curry aftertaste of our meal.
Thank you so much Suman and Anjie Gogna for a wonderful treat. I don’t often get to indulge in exotic food so I really looked forward to this dinner with anticipation & longing. <3 Thank you too Boss for taking me along. I always have the best of times with you & the gang. :-*