During our 2-day trip to Ojai, we searched Yelp and Tripadvisor for restaurant recommendations. We find Yelp useful, but the reviewers are frequently pizza and hamburger oriented. Fortunately, we stumbled upon Azu, which was right up our alley: more upscale, adult in taste, high-quality food nicely presented in a tasteful refined atmosphere. (PLEASE don't bring your young children if they're loud.)
My sweetie ordered the half-chicken, which I would describe to you in more detail, except he inhaled it so fast I didn't see it. I ordered the "steak frite", which was a flat-iron steak with sweet potato fries. I LOVE flat-iron steak, but avoid fries, so when I nicely asked if there was any chance of substituting a veggie instead, the server pleasantly offered that they could probably provide sautéed veggies instead. I received a beautifully presented and sliced flat-iron steak (to die for!), and a scrumptious sautéed mix of mushrooms, broccoli, onions and asparagus.
The food was perfect (not too salty-- as is very common nowadays), the service was attentive and accommodating, the atmosphere in the front room was serene, bright, and visually pleasing, and the price was very fair (about $22 per entree). We will definitely come back and highly recommend this lovely restaurant.
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