If two heads are better than one, then two cuisine-noggins fused into one restaurant-body are better than one. Polycephalify your palate with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of modern American-Asian cuisine at Om Restaurant, an epicurean hybrid that expands cultural palates. The chic dining destination is located in West Cambridge.
Executive chef Michael Madden has carefully crafted menus of contemporary American fare infused with the excitement of Southeast Asian street food without the traffic or walking shoes. Prep your palate with a plate of sweet-potato ravioli happily doused with brown butter cream and garlic chives ($13), fresh vegetable spring rolls ($11 for one dozen), or crispy calamari fries ($11), paired with a classy glass of wine or a creative cocktail. For dinner, enjoy a banana-leaf-wrapped trout served with gingered carrots, watercress, and a citrus salad ($24); organic New Caledonian prawns ($26); or a rack of sweet and spicy lamb ribs served with a cool cucumber salad and sprinkled with cashews ($27). Desserts delight with creative after-dinner options including the decadent chocolate tea cake topped with white pepper ice cream and lemon confit ($7), caramelized pineapple cake with cilantro buttermilk sorbet and brown sugar ($8), and ginger-snap ice-cream sandwiches ($7).
Om's custom-carved Nepalese façade and archways warmly receive adventurous patrons; the restaurant's bamboo accents and collection of dramatic Buddhist and Tibetan art continue to enchant during the epicurean escape. Enjoy your meal with friends from the elevated comforts of Om's museum-like second floor, or entertain a game of Tibetan Trivial Pursuit inside your head atop a sumptuous leather sofa in the sleek lounge space.
- With a name like OM, a restaurant becomes ripe for every home-related headline in the book: ''There's no place like OM" would open the door to comparisons with Oz, and ''OM is where the art is" could lead off a discussion of the wild Tibetan paintings. Stop us before we pun again, because Om the word deserves more than that -- in Sanskrit it's the sacred beginning to meditative mantras -- and so does OM the restaurant. – Joe Yonan, Boston Globe
- We have something the rest of the country needs to see and taste. Tell that to your too-hip-for-Boston friends. – Corby Kummer, Boston Magazine
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.