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Clarendon’s Oz Adds Indonesian Accents, More Exotic Meats

Emu, curry mussels arrive in time for summer

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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Oz, the not-yet-two-year-old Australian restaurant from D.C. power couple and The Real Housewives of Potomac personalities Ashley and Michael Darby, is sprucing up its “fusion” menu with Asian flavors and regional delicacies.

Asian and Indonesian influences on Australia are present including a Thai salad in a peanut mint vinaigrette, and nasi goreng, which includes brown rice, black barley, daikon seed, and vegetables, tossed in honey-soy vinaigrette, and topped with a fried egg. There’s also mussels in curry broth, and seasonal offerings such as watermelon and rocket salad with house-made granola.

Chef Brad Feickert says about 40 percent of the menu debuting Thursday, June 15, is new. (See full dinner menu below.) Staples like kangaroo sliders, served on a potato bun with avocado mousse, tomato relish, lettuce and sweet onion jam, as well as camel burgers are still on board. The latest addition to the “exotic tastes” section of the menu: emu, which Feickert says has more protein than red meat.

The featured items are lean, low in saturated fat, and high iron, says Feickert, who cooked in Australia for years before being tapped by Michael Darby — who also helms D.C. developing giant, Monument Realty — to lead the kitchen.

Also new for this summer at the restaurant: A first Friday “Yappy Hour” on its wraparound patio.

Oz contributed to the drama of the latest season of RHOP, as the Darbys wrestled with the challenges of the hospitality industry. The reality TV show just wrapped its second season on Bravo.

Oz Restaurant and Bar

, Arlington, VA (703) 664-0693