On the latest episode of The Real Housewives of Potomac, we learned that former beauty queen Ashley Darby was planning on opening an Australian-American restaurant with her real estate developer mogul husband Michael. The restaurant, called Oz Arlington, is now in its fourth month of business in Arlington, Virginia, where the Darbys are wooing diners with exotic dishes from Down Under.
American comfort food classics like burgers and fish and chips welcome those who like to play it safe, but adventurous eaters can tuck into chef Brad Feickart's Australian fare such as emu carpaccio (aka raw bird) with celery, onion, and apricot dressing. While the now-defunct Louro restaurant in New York made a splash in the culinary world a few years ago by serving emu eggs, which are nothing less than ginormous, it is unusual to see emu carpaccio on a menu in the United States. Feickart, a 2012 scholarship award winner from The Resort Food Executive Committee, also offers kangaroo sliders with onion tomato jam and bolstered with a bit of beef fat, which is a more commonly-spotted dish Stateside but is still a rare curiosity.
"Everyone, they have this preconception about [kangaroo], but it's a very tasty meat," Ashley told Good Day DC as Feikart prepared a batch of kangaroo sliders, likening the flavor to venison.
New York City has a number of Zagat-rated Australian restaurants (and Los Angeles boasts one as well), but the cuisine is still gathering a foothold in America, accelerating with the help of celebrity chefs like Curtis Stone leading the way. Watch the Darbys discuss their restaurant in depth in the video below, and tune in to the next episode of Real Housewives of Potomac on Sunday at 9/8c.
See Ashley and her RHOP pals before they were Housewives.