OM Lifestyle and Cafe is a boutique and Indian cafe located in busy Greenhills. It is owned by mother and daughter team, Suman and Anjie Gogna. I’ve actually heard praises about Suman Gogna’s cooking from the Boys Night Out radio show hosts, which her son is Sam YG is also a part of. Despite not loving Indian cuisine, I was a bit excited when Chef Ed Bugia said Sam was inviting a group of us to try the food. Chef Ed also told us this was the food was the same as the ones he tried during his trip to India last year.
Suman used to run her store out of their condo, I know this because Irene’s sister is a client of hers and has bought a number of their Indian clothing. Her clients actually enjoy the more convenient place to get their shopping done.
They also have accessories, linen and other home decor that are personally curated by Suman and Anjie Gogna. The cafe side is small and can probably seat a max of 20 people only.
We started our dinner with some Samosa (P40/each). Crusty Indian pastries stuffed with potatoes.
*All the main dishes were served in chafing dishes so is not a representation of serving size.
Butter Chicken (P220), sweet tomato based curry with cashew paste. My absolute favorite dish of the night, sweet, nutty and super flavorful. The sauce just deserves to be drenched on rice.
Chicken Biryani (P160). This is something like an Indian fried rice, made with basmati rice and spices plus different kinds of meat, in this one, chicken. Since we did not have any other rice dish, this served as the butter chicken partner in crime. I think I ate too much rice because of that evil butter chicken.
We washed the flavors down with their Lemon Ginger Cooler (P80). This is their version of lemonade but with the added kick of ginger, definitely hits the spot.
Mutton Rogan Josh (P250), Kashmir style mutton stew. This was also a good dish but you need to dissect the meat from the bones. A good alternative to the butter chicken.
Palak Paneer (P200), Indian paneer cheese in spinach curry sauce. The only dish I did not enjoy that night, the taste was quite funky to me.
Chicken Tikka (P200) and Paneer Tikka (P200). They decided to combine it when they presented it because the preparation is the same for both. Paneer cheese and chicken that are marinated overnight in yogurt and spices then pan grilled. I enjoyed the chicken and to a certain extent the paneer. It tasted better than the palak paneer but I won’t be ordering this one also. My other eating companion were happily devouring both dishes, so it’s must just be my tastes.
Dessert was Kulfi (P50) and Gulab Jamun (P45), both of which were really new to me. The kulfi was a delicious saffron and pistachio flavored ice cream, slightly sweet and creamy with nice texture from the nuts. The gulab jamun is dough balls with saffron syrup which tasted like yema balls in texture just a lot less sweet.
It was an taste bud opening sampling of Indian cuisine. I can see myself coming back for the butter chicken alone. All the praises I’ve heard about Suman Gogna’s cooking are well deserved and I’m glad to have gotten a chance to try it.
Looking for a place to have something different in the Greenhills area, then a quiet meal at OM Lifestyle and Cafe should do the trick.
OM Lifestyle and Cafe2/F Fox Square Building 53 Connecticut Street North Green Hills, San Juan City Contact No.: (632) 622-0064
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