More spice needed at Om

  • Article by: RICK NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 27, 2010 - 2:11 PM

Exotic flavors offer global travel on a fork. Humdrum surroundings shout "Minnesota basement."

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swede160Jan. 28, 10 8:54 AM

I went to Om recently with a friend from out of town. We were excited and hungry. Our night went something like this. Sat at the bar (only people in there) and was served by a bartender who seemed to be very uncomfortable in that role. It felt as though we threw him off with our drink order (wine and vodka tonic). Then we were led to the basement where we were greeted by a server with what I thought was a naturally low gravely voice. That is until he tried to cough out the specials. He literally started hacking uncontrollibly. We were so distracted, we had no idea what he was saying. When he came around to take the order we could smell a cough drop, like Halls. Nevermind the fact that my guest and I had just been discussing how I hadn't gotten the flu shot yet. We were put off. In the end we shared one appetizer and a bottle of wine and got the heck out of there.

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swede160Jan. 28, 10 8:59 AM

and the article is right on with the awkwardness of the formality with which the staff addresses you. It seemed to make everyone uncomfortable.

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sharkysharkJan. 28, 1012:04 PM

Awkward? Uncomfortable? Good luck with that.

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cepeda22Jan. 28, 1012:06 PM

Why do we put such importance on reviews? I have been to Om many times and found it pretty damn cool. The happy hour is good, the appetizers are great and Om also houses the greatest bartender in the state of Minnesota, Thea. Knows her drinks, customers and always has a smile for everyone. She rocks. Ive always had a great time at Om whenever my sister and I meet for happy hour(s). Maybe Im not as pretentious as the writer and need to be spoon fed and catered to like some....

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solarboy96Jan. 28, 1012:18 PM

Food is great. I actually like it when the wait-staff knows the menu and specials and treats me like royalty, especially when I'm paying a premium price...unfortunately most people nowadays have no idea how to act when they actually get "great service".

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heffayJan. 28, 10 3:28 PM

I'm not much of a curry fan, but there was nothing on the menu that wasn't fantastic. I'll hold back judgment of the decor, as I'm there for the food. But the staff was very good and had no issues. When you pay for an experience, you expect it to be flawless. And it was.

Can't wait to go back!

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jkerurJan. 29, 1011:59 AM

Raghavan’s eye for making food mouthwatering and appealing is his trademark! I havent’ been to this restaurant but own all of Raghavan’s cook books.. he takes Indian food to a different level! @the greeting on the phone and the name of the restaurant: well… this is not a American restaurant to be called John doe’s! Namaste means hello (with respect).. which I think is very fitting!! In this era of globalization we need to have a open mind .. don’t u think!?

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futuricsJan. 29, 10 5:02 PM

you complain about the name "Om" and them answering the phone with "namaste," which I will concur, panders to the 'exotic' fantasies of whitebread Minnesotans. But then you blithely turn right that way yourself and write of "eloquent postcards from the land of Slumdog Millionaire." Ugh, indeed!

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corporatewJan. 31, 10 4:24 PM

Rick: Do you have an ax to grind with some aspect of Om? Because aesthetically, it is fantastic.

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twincities1Feb. 1, 10 2:16 PM

We enjoyed the food (although not the cavernous basement), but were disappointed that there was no Indian beer. When asked for an Indian beer, we were told they had Summit India Pale Ale. We laughed, thinking the bartender was joking. She wasn't. This was a few months ago, so perhaps this has been remedied...

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