I can’t stop eating at Other Mama, and I’m not alone. You must be going a lot, too, because I can’t get my barstool as easily. Maybe take a break?
One thing I’ve learned from my many repeat visits is that although the splendid cocktails created by barmen David English and David Cooper match up flawlessly with food imagined by chef Dan Krohmer, they didn’t really design the drinks to go with any particular dish. And yet, success. So I took it upon myself to find the most beautifully boozy partners for three of Other Mama’s most popular plates. You’re welcome.
Other Mama 3655 S. Durango Drive #6, 702-463-8382. Daily, 5-11 p.m.
Oysters + Svetlana
You can’t eat here without starting your meal with some fresh, raw, briny goodness. The Svetlana is basically another ideal accoutrement for your oysters: horseradish-infused vodka with lots of lemon, a little ginger and the herbal bitters Becherovka. One drink per dozen oughta do it.
Kimchi Fried Rice + Rosie
This was a happy accident. The gin-based cocktail with Lillet Blanc, framboise Belgian beer (fermented with raspberries) and grapefruit is dry, sweet and tart enough to wildly contrast the sour and spicy kimchi and the radical richness of the dish’s fried egg and pork belly.
French Toast Caviar + Sadako
Other Mama serves actual desserts, but this sweet and savory treat works just as well and has been among the most popular dishes from day one. It was hard to find its cocktail match, but the heady Sadako, with oaked whiskey, Aperol, lemon and Amaro, is a powerhouse finishing move, a perfect toast to this toast.