Fusion restaurants combine the styles of two different cuisines—giving diners a fresh perspective on both—and do so in a far less messy fashion than fission restaurants. Enjoy a few non-explosive ethnic delicacies with today's Groupon to Om Restaurant located in West Cambridge, or Shanti: Taste of India in Dorchester. Choose between the following options:
•For $25, you get $50 worth of modern American-Asian cuisine at Om Restaurant. •For $15, you get $30 worth of international cuisine at Shanti Restaurant.
Perfecting the delectable delights at Om Restaurant, 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 ($10) or yellow fin tuna tartar ($14), 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) or a rack of sweet and spicy lamb ribs served with a cool cucumber salad and sprinkled with cashews ($27). 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.
More than 10 years ago, Shanti: Taste of India opened to provide the South Boston area with fresh, authentic Indian food. After realizing that the subcontinental focus limited the range of noshing experiences, the founders soon expanded the menu to also include Pakistani and Bangladeshi dishes. Now, stylish lamb, beef, and goat parade onto plates in a variety of spice suits, including the Indian gosht vindaloo ($11.99) and the Pakistani gosht kadai ($11.99). Authentically stamp a palate-passport with the shrimp bhuna, seasoned shrimp imported from Bangladesh ($12.99). Tour the full menu by blindfolding yourself, spinning around, and pointing randomly at your dinner, or engage the knowledgeable staff in a friendly game of 20 Questions to receive a personal recommendation.
The Boston Globe and Boston Magazine featured Om, Esquire magazine named it one of the Best New Restaurants in America, and Condé Nast Traveler put the restaurant on its Hot List the same year. More than 260 Yelpers chime in, give Om a three-star average, and more than 140 OpenTablers give it 3.7 stars. More than 100 Yelpers give Shanti an average of four stars, and more than 85% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
- 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
- This is amazing Indian. Since we don't really know anything about Indian food, we always end up asking questions; the staff always helps us choose the best meal for us. – Cassie M., Yelp