"As you open the colossal carved door, water droplets dance with gemstone hues, voices melt into buddha-esque vibes and a seemingly life-like Heruka hovers over a room of fashionistas - am I in Miami, Tokyo or Paris? Then you remember. No, I'm in Harvard Square." - Anonymous Lounger
The perfect haven for apres-work, apres-university, pre-theatre or late night - OM Restaurant and Lounge - with all its transforming elements - takes Harvard Square Nightlife to new heights. Four thousand square feet of warm bamboo flooring contrast the colorfully vivid "Thangka" paintings and dramatic Buddhist sculptures. OM feels like a collector's private gallery, with over 50 commissioned artisans in Nepal, Tibet and Thailand contributing to its collection.
Most notably, every door, archway and facade was custom carved by the Newars, whose mastery of intricate carving has been a Nepalese tradition for 1000 years. Strikingly large bamboo poles pave the way to the Buddha-embedded wall. What walls aren't graced with art, are covered with nature's elements like hand-placed stones and light-reflecting waterfalls.
While the upstairs dining room promises a calming, museum-like journey through the Far East, the swanky lower lounge kicks up the vibe with edgy design, sexy food and an eclectic scene of vibrant professionals, students and fashionistas. Simultaneously bold and soothing, the space draws inspiration from ancient Tibetan culture - managing just the right balance of authenticity and ultra-chic. Imported stunning Asian treasures and authentic Buddhist art pay homage to the owners' heritage and visually remind us that we are one with the universe.