Ocean Restaurant offers a unique underwater dining experience by Iron Chef Cat Cora. Located next to the SEA Aquarium in Sentosa, this is definitely a place to ‘wow’ your loved ones for any special occasion!
There are two entrances to this restaurant. The first being located in the basement carpark and the other entrance is accessible from the SEA Aquarium itself. The restaurant is child friendly so some families will bring along their young ones, which may lead to a noisy atmosphere.
For lunch, Ocean Restaurant offers either 3 or 5 course menus with very reasonable prices. We went for the Leisure menu for 72$.
The overall ambience of the restaurant was amazing. Large viewing panels allows a full view of the school of fishes swimming around. It really did feel like we were dining underwater. There is a minimum spend for those who choose to dine at the table next to the aquarium. It varies for lunch and dinner, but the operator will notify you in advance when you make your booking.
For our very first course, Miss M had pink shrimp tartare along with salsa vert, some dashi jelly and cube of watermelon. Best. Appetiser. Ever. Who would’ve thought that pink shrimp goes perfectly well with watermelon?
For my appetiser, I spoke with the waiter if they could allow me to choose their sous vide salmon instead as it is not part of the menu. And yes they were kind enough to allow such a change. I’m always drawn to sous vide dishes – I don’t see too many restaurants in Asia using this technique.
Next, we had cream of sunchoke with watercress and truffle. Flavours were very earthy and fragrant. One of the highlights for sure.
For our first main, we had John Dory from New Zealand with ratte mash, crustacean creme and caviar vinaigrette. At first I thought the round mash was a scallop. Got a little excited there for a moment. But overall the dish was pretty well balanced.
For our second main, we had braised beef short ribs! Alongside are puff barlyand a carrot puree. The beef itself was pretty tender and the cut of the beef was actually quite large. It definitely will fill your tummy by this point.
One ritual Miss M and I have is that for every fine dining experience we go to, we will have a celebratory cake or dessert 🙂
Lastly, for our dessert, we had chocolate with greek yogurt and mangoes.
Honestly, all of the food were great. But what made the meal even greater was watching all the mesmerising ocean life casually passing by throughout the dinner. It’s actually a pretty good way to pass time in between courses.
I would recommend to visit Ocean Restaurant for lunch as their prices are significantly cheaper. Their dinner menus can easily reach up to 200-300 SGD, unless you’re willing to fork our that kind of money. Also, make sure you secure the table that are placed next to the tank!
Overall, the atmosphere was great and the experience was definitely worth it. If you’ve never been to an underwater restaurant, this is the place to visit.