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: for $20, you get $40 worth of Southeast Asian fusion cuisine at OM Restaurant and Lounge in Cambridge.
Acclaimed executive chef Patricia Yeo inventively mingles modern American entrees with Southeast Asian street fare amid striking Nepalese decor at OM Restaurant. Eclectic entrees populate the restaurant's menu, including the Backyard Bird chicken, prepared General Tso–style and served with jasmine rice fritters in honor of the General's famously beloved backyard fritter garden ($25), and wild mushrooms frolicking with sunflower seeds in a forest of hand-rolled trofie pasta ($23). Nibble the savory nubs of taro and potato gnocchi tossed with crawfish, corn, and chorizo ($25), or join the Jamison Farm spring lamb as it enthusiastically high-fives peppers in a sizzling uyigur stir-fry ($26).
Intricately carved by the Newar people in ancient Nepalese tradition, large wooden doors usher diners into the elegant confines of OM Restaurant and keep vagabond dishes from running away with the spoon. Attentive servers usher expertly crafted entrees to diners amid bamboo poles, stones, and tranquil waterfalls that subliminally whisper bon appétit in Chinese. Customers can also venture downstairs to share appetizers ($4+) while surrounded by chic decor and weekly live entertainment in OM Restaurant's lounge.
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.