I never had a taste or even an idea of Australian food before. But I will say that the brunch at OZ Restaurant & Bar looks WAY more appetizing than what I found on the first page of a google search for Australian Breakfast. I was tempted to try OZ because this restaurant is co-owned by Ashley Darby of The Real Housewives of Potomac. On the show, people didn’t have nice things to say about it. In fact, we always saw OZ as this empty establishment that served unfamiliar food. Our impression was that Ashley and her husband were struggling to break even on their investment and that caused problems in their marriage. However we need to keep in mind that this IS television. Therefore, I decided to check out the restaurant for myself. The yelp ratings weren’t horrible…So how bad could my experience really be?
I picked Sunday because its $35 for bottomless brunch and I am greedy. I went with two of my cousins and some friends. Thankfully we had a reservation because it was a full house. I absolutely loved the decor. It was very inviting with details of bamboo and ivy. Up front are these two stuffed Koloas that we couldn’t help but take selfies with. Oh and I can’t forget the live band. I loved that! So far so good…
Our table for 6 was smack in the middle of the main dinning area. We waited a while before we were greeted by our server. Then out from the curtains in the back comes Ashley’s brother, Zach. Out of all people HE was our server. It’s like they knew I was coming. 😛 I have seen him on the show a couple of times so I let him know immediately that I knew who he was. I am not sure if that was a good idea but I thought it would be fun to stroke his ego a little bit. He was a cool kid and he smiled a lot. I am not sure if the “Caz God” was feeling himself after my comment but he wasn’t very attentive to my table AT ALL. He could have been easily been overwhelmed because he appeared to have more tables than the other servers. Well once the rest of my party arrived, we asked Zach for more glasses and another bottle of Champagne for our Mimosas. After waiting FOURTY THREE MINUTES we finally gave up and asked the next server we could find. That server was Alima. Before we could even finish, Alima apologized and came to the rescue with not one but two more bottles for our table. It was THAT simple. After all, bottomless champagne is included. You’d figure they would be readily available, right? Little did we know…we were going to need to be tispy to deal with this place.
As if the service wasn’t slow enough…things started to get strange. My cousin decided to try this dish for herself. When it finally arrived, it looked like the picture to the right.
Our ENTIRE table busted out laughing like a bunch of hyenas. I couldn’t believe my eyeballs. The garnish wasn’t even the same. Not to mention it looked absolutely gross. Of course we sent it back. Then out comes the manager on duty…I believe her name was Ava or Eva. She asked us what was wrong. I mean, YOU TELL US! What happened back there? Were y’all ready to go home? Did chef Brad approve of this? She said they ran out of Orecchiette pasta so they substituted it with freaking spaghetti. Lol A mess.
I even asked her if she thought that was acceptable. And guess what? SHE REALLY DID think it was OK! How? Everything took 30 minutes anyway. I am sure if they communicated the issue with us we could have waited for the right pasta or ordered something else for the time being. Moving on…
Chicken & Doughnuts
Oz Omelette (GF)
Overall, the service was slow as a sloth. This was my first experience at a restaurant where the servers were cool as a fan but terrible at their jobs. The bus boy Alexander actually felt more like our server. Poor thing was so confused. OZ did very little to make up for it either. I was very honest with Zach about my feelings, to which he said he would “take care of us” but in the end…nothing was comped, added or discounted to my table. Turns out he was only joking because he didn’t really “have that kind of pull”. And for that reason, I didn’t even give a full 20% tip. Oh and it took 15 minutes or more to get the check. We had to ask for it. Sadly we were one of the last people there. Can you believe they had the nerve to suggest more than 20% that on the bill? HA! If that wasn’t enough… on the way out, both stalls in the bathroom were unusable due to bodily explosions.
I truly believe the employees let the buzz from RHOP get to their heads. Aside from Alima everyone (including the manager on duty) was oblivious to how bad it was. All I could do is laugh it off. My experience was nothing to write home about… but yet I did. 😛 Only for you guys! Oh and chef Brad showed his face a few times. That was the best part. I might be crazy enough to try dinner or happy hour another time but honestly… I don’t live close enough to make it a priority.
One last note: The Bottomless Wycliff Brut only retails for $5. I don’t know much about champagne but I do know I caught a headache from this one before I even got home. LOL Looks like I need to hit up “Champagne Charrisse” and her room for some real bubbly. 😛
Update: The Oz Restaurant Instagram page was following me since last year (They even watched my IG stories)… That was until I wrote this review. I thought I was pretty fair…but whatever. I think an apology and invitation back would have been more appropriate, don’t you?
So my question to you is… have you been or will you go to OZ Restaurant and Bar? I would love to hear…