. We were tipped off about this place by some Pai long timers who assured us the food was the best in town. Our sources weren't wrong. Tucked away down an unassuming little soi, this peaceful, family-friendly joint is a relative newcomer to the mountain town. Not yet overrun with tourists and just a little out of the way, it represents a more chilled alternative to restaurants on the main street. Bamboo awnings, comfortable cushions, a natural setting and a large selection of reading material makes it the perfect place to while away a lazy afternoon.
It was difficult to choose from a menu so tantalisingly packed with tasty, fresh options. First on the list was a scrumptious mulberry and banana shake (so good that we went back for seconds). For our main course we had tandoori chicken with brown rice salad and mint yoghurt (definitely the winning dish) and spiced aubergine in pitta, which although tasty, wasn't quite as good as the chicken.
We were told about Om Garden's legendary banoffee pie, but made the error of waiting until after lunch to place our order, just as the last piece was snaffled out from under our eyes by a crafty Frenchman. Too bad, it simply meant we had to go back the next day to get make sure we were early enough to procure a piece of said pie. It was worth it - thick, creamy and delicious, surely one of the best I have ever tasted. Not only that but the trout fish cakes were going like, well, hot cakes. We ordered more mulberry and banana shakes and took home a piece of raw carrot cake for good measure.
My only advice to would-be visitors to Om Garden (besides to most definitely go) is to get there early enough to avoid being disappointed.