Though soy sauce is commonly believed to be of Asian origin, linguists have unearthed its true Iberian beginnings by decoding the hidden Spanish translation. Celebrate international interweavings of flavor with today’s Groupon to OM Restaurant & Lounge in Cambridge. For $85, you get a Southeast-Asian-inspired dinner and cooking lesson for one (a $170 value), which includes the following:
- Dumpling-making class with chef Patricia Yeo, held on Monday and Wednesday.
- Four-course, prix fixe dinner. See sample menu.
- Sake pairing.<p>
Acclaimed Executive Chef Patricia Yeo inventively mingles modern American entrees with Southeast-Asian street fare amid striking Nepalese décor at OM Restaurant & Lounge. During a special dumpling-making lesson, chef Yeo guides approximately 10 aspiring cuisiniers as they fold fillings, such as Korean beef and uygur-style lamb, into pot stickers as puffed-up as the cushion of a pillow-fighting champion. Afterward, a four-course prix fixe dinner pairs with a flight of sakes to reward patient taste buds. While the dinner menu changes frequently, dishes may include spicy tom yam broth with cod and crab or a savory hash fashioned from duck confit.
Surrounding the dining area, doors intricately carved with Buddhas and floral arabesques fashioned by the Newar people in the ancient Nepalese tradition keep vagabond dishes from running away with the spoon. Downstairs, the OM Restaurant’s lounge feasts ears with weekly live entertainment.
OM Restaurant & Lounge
Before diners even glance at OM’s menu, their eyes feast upon a banquet of Asian art. Colorful Thangka paintings and Buddhist statues handcrafted by more than 50 Nepalese, Tibetan, and Thai artists color the space, and intricate Newar carvings frame the walls and doorways. Upon sitting at one of the bare, rectangular tables, patrons exchange pleasantries with their chairs and read through a menu reflective of the art that surrounds them. For instance, small plates of spicy edamame and veggie spring rolls join full entrees of shrimp pad thai or salmon wrapped in tempura nori. An intricate drink list includes the mandarin kaze (orange vodka spiked with sichuan peppercorn) and the Bangkok julep (a blend of bourbon, elderflower, and mint).
Beneath the dining room, a downstairs lounge hosts a diverse lineup of events. Salsa lessons make use of the dance floor, and vinyl parties enable attendees to trade, sell, or just play their records. DJs take over the turntables on Saturday nights, and a cover band re-creates classic R & B tunes every Tuesday.