angi drink at OM
The Hindus believe “om” is the primordial sound present at the creation of the universe—the original vowel that contains all other sounds, all words, all languages, and all mantras. Sounds like an amazing cocktail, doesn’t it?
It’s also a fancy Indian restaurant that’s been open in downtown Minneapolis since last winter. While its upscale versions of paneer and tandoori can be inconsistent, its drinks are as delicately balanced as my taxman’s understanding of karma.
Nearly all of OM’s drinks are good, but several stand out. Like, yes, the Karma, sort of an alcoholic yogurt lassi made with Jameson and Tuaca, smartly topped with ground cardamom. My favorite is the Agni—muddled lime and Thai chilies shaken with Absolut. It starts warm and slowly gets warmer, and it’s difficult to tell if the citrus ameliorates the heat or makes it worse. I believe the enlightened refer to this life-affirming cycle of suffering as samsara.
The bar is upstairs, but next to OM’s grand staircase and the impressive Swarovski crystal chandelier it somehow feels small and tucked away. It’s a fine place to either split a side of lamb chops with your favorite goddess or to find your own peace and meditate on a college basketball game.