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When you’re not trying to get super rowdy for a weekend brunch, the search for an ideal meal means looking for a place that’s decently priced, food focused, and has a comfortable “stay a while” type of atmosphere. That being said, a quiet brunch in the quaint area of Arlington could be just enough to satisfy your brunch needs.
Oz restaurant, right next to Cava Mezze in Clarendon, doesn’t really look like an eating establishment from the exterior, but upon entering, the cool Australian vibes that Oz has endeavored to create are present. The decor is fun, nature-inspired and the seats are swanky, complemented by exposed wood branches. The place looked a little empty, but we were on the earlier side, so it didn’t phase us.
We had visited here once before, earlier in the year, when the restaurant opened, so we were eager to give it another look. At first glance the menu seemed healthy and fresh with a plethora of unique salad combinations and roasted veggies, which can be difficult to find on a brunch list.
I love that the Aussie cafe concept that has been popping up everywhere (exhibit A: Blue Stone Lane). “Australian classics” were highlighted on the menu and recommended by our server. Classics were avocado toast, kangaroo burgers (oy), and signature egg dishes.
Oz offers a prix-fixe all-you-can eat option, which is great because it includes small plates of each menu item, optimal for tasting a bit of everything. The all-you-can-eat menu can be paired with some bottomless-esque options, such as mimosas for an additional penny.
My brunch companion wanted to start the morning with a classic bloody mary, and all I wanted was a large iced coffee. The drinks came immediately and, unfortunately, we knew this was going to be an underwhelming brunch experience.
The iced coffee I ordered was extremely watery and not fresh and the bloody was decently garnished, but lacked the spices and the extra kick a morning cocktail should contain. We then ordered our main courses.
I got the signature omelet, which had cream cheese, roasted tomatoes, bacon, mushrooms, spinach, avocado, and arugula (I ordered it sans bacon). My friend, Mike, got a unique sweet and savory fried chicken dish served with donuts, tropical fruits and spicy corn.
After just a few mediocre sips of our drinks, our food was already in front of us. Although my hunger level was high enough to not be upset about how fast our food came out, in most circumstances, I would’ve felt a little rushed.
Mike got his meal and admitted the flavor combination of mango, corn, fried chicken, and donuts was slightly odd, though, it worked. The sweet and smokey bites were enjoyable, and he was happy.
My omelet, however, wasn’t as enjoyable. It was over-cooked and it had bacon in it, when I had asked to have without. The waitress was super nice and offered to remake it for me. After bringing it back to the table, there was no cream cheese in the omelet and there was cheddar instead.
All cheeses are solid mix-ins when it comes to eggs and omelets, but the fact that the omelet was messed up twice now was a huge restaurant flaw. The overall taste of the omelet was fine, but it was nothing special, and it shouldn’t have had this many issues. I definitely wouldn’t order this again.
The bill arrived, and the waitress didn’t charge me for the omelet. I left with a sadly unsatisfied belly, but pleased that the hospitality was on point. This spot may be called Oz, but it by no means gave me that “wonderful world of Oz” feeling I thought I would’ve been able to jokingly boast about.
The Bitches say: C. Oz is relatively new, so there’s still time for a turn around, however, they have some serious work to do: menu items need some revisiting and the kitchen needs some better organization.
Oz Restaurant and Bar
2950 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203
Oz serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays 10 am to 3 pm.