Cambridge?s hippest restaurant.. OM is Cambridge?s hippest restaurant and one of the rare places where the food matches ?if not exceeds - the hype. OM is the Sanskrit word used to begin meditation, and the restaurant?s waterfall, handcrafted stone walls, Buddhist sculptures and bamboo floors immediately relax hungry guests. The calm of the second floor dining room is perfectly balanced out by the ultra-chic first floor lounge with its black leather sofas, video plasma art, and aromatherapy martinis. The food is a delectable adventure. Tasty parmesan-dusted popcorn with white truffle oil replaces bread and butter. Appetizers include exotic choices like cucumber ginger-pepper soup, sweet potato ravioli with spicy black olives, and pumpkin puree with red Thai curry. Main course favorites include mouth-watering big eye tuna with ginger broth and black mushrooms; and juicy Grilled Lamb Loin with parsnip puree and braised greens. And for dessert don?t forget the dreamy fennel cake with curried mango puree, honey frozen yogurt and mango-mint lassi. Who needs meditation to reach nirvana when you have Om?
TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE. I went expecting to eat good food and have a nice cocktail with friends. I had made reservations for 4 at 10pm. We got there and had to wait another 25 minutes to be seated. And when we were seated we were sat in a dark corner where I could barely see my menu (I'm 27)...Our server all but ignored us, it was uncomfortably cold, and the food was terrible. I only suggest you go here if you'd like to waste money.
Harvard Square restaurant and lounge, with its high-concept interior and Asian-fusion cuisine, attempts to set the standard for Zen dining..
Citing a commitment to modern feng shui with an eye towards ancient Tibetan culture, OM's striking interior provides area gourmands with a most unique dining environment. Wood-carved walls and water fixtures provide a calming vibe, as do the downstairs lounge's aromatherapy martinis. Patrons fill the second-floor dining room to sample wildly creative dishes like Hans the Om Way (pan seared moulard duck breast with butternut squash puree and almond-rice croquette) and a tuna tartare with caper aioli and pickled Asian grapefruit salad. Desserts include an espresso chocolate cake with ginger ice cream or roasted walnuts and fenugreek creme brulee with almond biscotti.
Photo courtesy of OM
I ate at Om for the first time during the Fall '07 Restaurant Week, and expected to eat some really yummy food. I was surprised that, for the price, the food was not as good as I had expected.
However, I found out about two weeks later that my credit card had been charged the full price of the meal and that our server had given himself a $90 tip; we had not instructed him to do this nor did I sign off on the statement to say that the money was his. I tried in vain to get in touch with Om concerning this - even faxing them my bank statement and a letter - but never heard back from them. I think its poor business not to respond to a customer who is complaining about being overcharged. I will be sure to tell my friends to beware if eating at Om! Or better yet to give their business to a restaurant that caters to its customers - before and after their meal.
Great ambiance. so so food. Good atmosphere but I only ate there once. Too expensive for me to go every day. Great place to hang out before or after you go to some other restaurants for dinner such as Craige Street, Tamarind Bay or Upstairs.
great addition to the square. great staff great food. love the lavendar cosmo. paintings are amazing and the doors are cool as well. the new patio is a great addtion to the square! so glad that there are cool places to go there!
NEVER AGAIN... name should be changed to YAWN. There can be no excuse for such poor service and attitude......went last night for what was suppose to be an enjoyable evening....simply a disaster ....I had heard about the poor service in the past , but I thought by now the message may have gotten across to management. Well it has not.... the wait for initial drink orders and menus was over 40 minutes... it was all down hill from there. After 3 1/2 hours .. we walked out of there ... bored, tired, and disillusioned. The manager came over so many times to apologize, that he felt like a old friend by the end of the long ordeal. The food was very good, but nothing can be worth the wait... and to be honest, I have had much better meals. The wait staff had an attitude that was beyond comprehension. This is food that is being served , not works of art. ...They need to understand that there is pacing to a meal, and servings of attitude are not courses in the meal.......if one waits too long..the experience is spoiled. An hour plus between courses is too long...In Cambridge, this place will survive given the self importance of the populace... across the river.... not a chance....
Boston/Cambridge needs more restaurants like this!. My girlfriend and I had been wanting to try Om for some time, after being big fans of hip Asian themed restaurants in Manhattan (Tao, Buddakan, Buddha Bar). Om offers a similar experience in a more intimate setting. The Decor: Ancient Asian artificats meet neo-lighting effects with dark wood tones. Very tastefully done. The Service: Very good. I had lower expectations after reading many of the reviews on this site, but was surprised by a waitress that knew the menu well, made recommendations, and substitiutions when asked. The rest of the wait staff did a good job of refilling drinks, and clearing plates. (In fact it wasn't overdone as in some expensive restaurants where they are constantly clearing the table to the point of being intruding). The Food: Very good. I know that Asian fusion usually has hints of French, but I was surprised at how European influenced the menu offerings are. The chef has done well, hitting the sweet and savory flavors in the dishes, but hasn't gone far beyond that. Some of the dishes were on the salty side to the point it overtook some of the other flavors. The prices are on the high side, and the menu was limited to six first and second courses, would have liked to see some side dishes offered. Overall: Boston needs more restaurants like this! Too many upscale dining establishments in the area are stuffy and conservative. While OM isn't the ultimate in hip, trendy dining experiences, it's a step in the right direction.
Mediocre food and awful service; read the reviews below - so many people can't be wrong. Food looked very fancy; tiny portions, but the taste mostly overpowered by very sweet and concentrated sauces. Was forced to order from a prix fixe menu just because someone else at my table wanted it; could not choose from the a la carte menu, since it was "inconvenient for the kitchen to do so". After having dinner was almost thrown out of the restaurant by the bouncer, since the manager told him I was "behaving rudely". In reality I just sat at the lounge listening to music with my eyes closed. After having a conversation with the manager, he said that I could stay without apologizing for his mistake. On top of everything was overcharged on the same drinks that I had prior to dinner. After spending more than $600 for 4 people I have never had a worse or more humiliating evening at a restaurant. I give this restaurant 12 to 15 months before they are gone. Stay away from this pretentious place!
Rude waitress, overpriced drinks. I haven't eaten at Om, but did want to put in my two cents about the bar. The atmosphere is pretty good, though they seem to only play techno music. The drinks were fine, but overpriced. At one point in the night, a waitress bumped into my friend and spilled almost an entire drink on her. The waitress did not apologize, but walked off in a huff. When the waitress came back, she said to my friend, rudely, "Excuse me!" My friend said something about the waitress spilling a drink on her before (in a non-belligerant tone), and the waitress screamed, "You're leaving!" and stalked off to complain to her manager or bouncer about my friend, who was not at fault at all. My friend didn't get kicked out, but wanted to leave anyway. The waitress was incredibly rude and should have figured out a different course of action for handling the situation. I don't think I will be returning.
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