The Place Touted to be Southeast Asia’s only underwater dining experience, I visited Ocean Restaurant in Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) recently for its newly launched Four Hands Mod-Asian Collaboration between the restaurant and its sister restaurant, Forest. Ocean Restaurant is located in Equarius Hotel, and if you drive, head towards West B1M Carpark where the entrance to the restaurant is right beside the carpark.
Upon entering the restaurant, there is a holding area for guests who arrived early. There are two seatings for dinner at 6pm or 8pm, so you can’t hog your table the whole evening. The best seats are inevitably the ones right beside the glass window, where you can expect Manta Rays and Baby Sharks to stare into your face. Otherwise, most of the other tables in the restaurant give a good view of the aquarium. For marine lovers, there are approximately 40,000 marine animals behind those thick glass.
The Food The highlight of the Four Hands Mod-Asian Collaboration at Ocean Restaurant is that the dishes are prepared using sustainably sourced seafood. By Mod-Asian, there is quite a good mix of oriental elements being presented in the fixed course meals. Till 4 September 2020, guests who order the set lunch (3-course at S$45++; 4-course at S$55++) or set dinner (5-course at S$138++; 6-course at S$158++) menus will be treated to a complimentary glass of Santa Margherita Prosecco Extra Dry.
I had the 5-course Dinner Set (S$138++) and my meal started with the Amuse Bouche – Silken Tofu with Oriental Dressing. The first course I had was the Drunken Australia “Yumbah” Abalone with Shaoxing, Wolfberries, Organic Vegetables. This dish looks like a dish out of Forest due to the strong oriental ingredients like Shaoxing and wolfberries.
The second course was the Wild Caught Hiramasa with Lemongrass, Caviar and Cucumber. The flavour profile of this dish is light and somewhat refreshing with the cucumber and lemongrass bits.
On to something heavier for the third course, the Boston Lobster is cleverly disguised in Chive Sauce. Some chunky bits of lobster meat here, served along with Steamed Ginger Egg and White Custard.
For mains, there are two options. I had the Herbal Braised USDA Prime Ribs with Tendons, Daikon and Beef Essence. This is one of my favourite dishes of the evening, as the prime ribs is very tender and so flavourful from the herbal element, as well as the rich beef jus.
The Rantee went for the New Zealand Cod Fillet, oven baked at 160 degrees along with Sake Sauce, Assorted Mushrooms and Vegetables. A comparatively lighter mains as opposed to the prime ribs, the cod doesn’t disappoint as well with its fresh flavour.
Each main course is also accompanied with Fried Japanese Rice with Seafood and Fish Otah in XO Chilli Sauce.
For dessert, I had the Mango Pomelo Sago with Vanilla Ice Cream and Crispy Sago. Sweet mango flavour here, using mangoes from Taiwan. A light dessert like this concludes the meal well.
Rants Not the most convenient restaurant location to get to, especially without a car. Given that there are two seatings for dinner, it also means you need to vacate your seat within a time constraint.
Will I Return Again? Ocean Restaurant is a destination dining restaurant. While the novelty will wear off after the first visit, it still remains one of the most unique dining destinations in Singapore and definitely one spot to impress your date, or best saved for that celebratory occasion.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
22 Sentosa Gateway S.E.A Aquarium
West zone carpark B1M, #B1-455 & 456
Tel: + 65 6577 6688
Thursday to Monday: 11:30am to 3pm; 6pm to 10pm
Closed on Tuesday & Wednesday
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