We've bern to Oz a few times before, always with consistently good food. This evening did not disappoint as well. The main room has a small bar, with the noise from a drinks blender which I will be more wary of the next time. We were with an older couple who had a bit of hearing difficulty. The back room would have probably suited us better. (Except people, really, if your child is fussing don't take him out of the room you're in and into another room to disturb THOSE diners!) The main room itself is pleasant enough, with wine glasses tied and dangling down from skylights, but minimal artwork. The tiny patio out front was filled with intrepid souls who obviously like the heat more than me! The menu is quite small and is infused with Japanese influences. But the daily specials is where most of us gravitated to. My husband had a salad with goat cheese and pistachios (rather bland really) off the main menu but my special cold swordfish slices prepared with lemon, chives and a sauce that was just too yummy! Three of us chose the scallop special and one chose the wild boar belly on the main menu. We all loved the grilled scallops on a mound of green and yellow beans, fried potatoes, arugula was just too tasty! We all ate everything on our plates. And I got a taste from the one who ordered the wild boar belly and I found it really tasty. She didn't seem to like it much because of the fat, but that's what you get with belly and I think she just didn't know that. Dessert is always a let-down for us non-dairy eating types and this was no different - one lucky soul had the locally made rhubarb and ginger ice-cream with ginger snaps, which he absolutely loved, and two others had the strawberry shortcake without all the cream and custard, and surprisingly, strawberries! They brought white angel food cake stuffed with fresh in season raspberries (which IS nicer!) but the cake was just
bland. A half litre of boring pinot grigio ordered by the other couple was finished, nonetheless, because it IS wine after all! A note on the specials - on a previous visit I had a tuna special that was SOOO good! The best prepared tuna I think I've ever had! So if that is the special, order it! But order it the way the chef would prepare it - rare. Tuna is just not nice overcooked!
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