What you see - Café Oz is an Australian joint that gives you the best of Australia through its coffee, tea and exquisite cuisine. It is located in the extreme right corner of the market of Sector 9D. Quite popular amongst the youngsters of Chandigarh, its first look is very welcoming. Serving a lavish variety of coffees, teas, munchies, alcoholic drinks and irresistible desserts, it is much more than a regular café.
What you get - Café Oz has been divided into three sections. The ‘Cuppa’ section is for coffees and bakery items. The ‘Grog’ section is for alcoholic drinks, located towards the end of the joint. The ‘Tucker’ section is for merchandise that they sell, which includes coffee powders, tea leaves and mugs. The ambience is quite cozy with wooden seating arrangement on one side and leather sofa seating and a huge LCD screen on the other. Round white lamp shades dangle from the roof, giving the restaurant a contemporary feel. At the entrance, on one side, they have a painted wall unit that highlights the Australian map and water surfing in the form of modern art. The cafe has a seating capacity of about 50-60 people.
Café Oz offers Vittoria coffee and T2 tea imported exclusively from Australia. The place is popular for its ‘All day breakfast’ menu. Its highlight is the ‘Big Aussie breakfast’ that includes muffins, sausages, mushrooms and hash brown potatoes. The starters menu is replete with yummy offerings such as chilly cottage cheese skewers, honey glazed chilly lamb, cheezee yoghurt kebab, chicken satay and many such temptations.
Their salads are also much talked about, the best ones being ‘The aussie caeser salad’ and ‘apple and pineapple salad’. In sandwiches, they offer Sambo and pita pockets such as ‘falafel lover’, ‘roaster garden veg’ and ‘smoked chicken’.
Café Oz also offers risottos, thin crust pizzas, pastas, and lasagnes. When it comes to main course, they serve some of the most exquisite dishes such as ‘Manly beach chilly prawns’, ‘Aussie dukkah’ made of nuts, native seeds, extra virgin olive oil and lightly toasted sour dough loaf, ‘Barbie cottage steak’, ‘Grilled River sole’, ‘Melbourne baked veggie’ and the basics such as ‘Dal makhni’, ‘Chicken Lahore style’, ‘Lamb Kashmir style’ etc.
For all those with a sweet tooth, the café has desserts like ‘Chocolate explosion’, ‘Fusion tarts’, ‘Baked gulab jamun’ and even cakes.
The beverage menu is dotted with a variety of teas like ‘Lemon grass and ginger’, ‘Gorgeous geisha’ etc. In alcoholic beverages, the café offers wines, champagnes, brandy, vodka, Breezers, rum, tequila, beer, martinis and shooters. They have wines from Argentina, South Africa, Australia, California and Chile. They also have an interesting lineup of cocktails such as ‘Lime ice tini’, ‘Coconut martini’ and ‘Frozen café mudslide’ (a coffee cocktail).
Our verdict – Café Oz is a good blend of casual and fine dining. They have separate sections to cater to different tastes and preferences. The wait staff is courteous. Parking is never a problem.
What you pay for a meal for two - Rs. 1600 approximately
Anytime between – 11 AM – 12 PM
- By Eeha J Singh (Rampal)