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A Cambridge spot with higher consciousness and now higher profile

On the menu, goat biriyani at Third Eye
On the menu, goat biriyani at Third Eye, run by manager Dinesh Pandeya and owner Tashi Lama.Photos by Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

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For Tashi Lama, a fresh coat of paint was just the beginning. Last month, when he began renovating his five-year-old restaurant on a busy corner near Cambridge’s Porter Square, the spot was Annapurna, named after a Himalayan mountain range in his native Nepal. But many potential customers, he decided, weren’t making the connection between those famous peaks and the cuisine of his homeland. He updated the sign above the door so now it’s clear that dishes of Nepal and India are on offer, and he renamed the place Third Eye, celebrating higher consciousness.

But this is more than a name change. Lama took charge of the cooking, revamped the menu, and hired Dinesh Panday as manager. Three outdoor banners advertise a new daily lunch buffet.

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