Located inside S.E.A. Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium, Ocean restaurant has a great view of the aquarium’s Open Ocean habitat, which diners can enjoy whilst having their meal.
This restaurant was opened by Celebrity chef Cat Cora in February 2013.
It is highly recommended that you make a reservation as seating is limited. We made our reservation only the day before, so we didn’t get a table next to the Open Ocean glass panel. According to the maitre d’, they allocate the tables with the best views based on when the reservation was made (i.e. the first callers get the priority). Lesson learnt – best to make your reservations as early as possible to get a good table!
We managed to take some “selfies” before the rest of the tables were occupied.
Cutlery is arranged neatly on racks at the table.
This was the lunch menu when we were there.
Iced Chocolate – It was a nice drink with a satisfying amount of chocolatey goodness.
42°C Sous Vide Salmon – The salmon was fresh and was served with several sauces as accompaniment.
Fried Pork Seafood Roulade – This tasted like chinese ngor hiang (wu xiang), except that it was a high-class version which was topped with truffle cream. It also contained lots of waterchestnut bits inside, which made it crunchy.
Braised ‘Boneless’ Wagyu Short Rib – The meat was very tender and there was also a crunchy layer of caramelized oat meal that gave a nice contrast to the texture and flavour of this dish. Really good!!
Miso Braised Kurobuta Pork Belly – My hubby ordered this and he absolutely loved it!
Vacherin – If you like strawberries, you’d probably enjoy this combination of strawberry flavoured meringue pieces, strawberry sorbet and ice-cream. The sourness of the sorbet was a contrast to the sweetness of other items.
Chocolate Passion – Die-hard chocoholics will know how to appreciate the 68% cocoa ice cream, which went really well with the banana stew and the other ingredients.
Verdict: The food is excellent and the waiting staff are attentive and wait patiently if you are taking pictures, so that they don’t interrupt you or get in the way of your photos. The downside during lunch is that it can be quite noisy as the place is filled with families who visit the aquarium, so there may be some screaming kids and a few who will be running around…
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During Christmas 2013, Santa Claus made a brief appearance to the delight of many diners. Almost everyone vacated their tables and went to the glass panels to get a photo of him! LOL…I was too busy photographing Santa and didn’t take a picture showing the other diners crowding around the panels.
One last look before we left the restaurant – this diner from one of the back tables was so enthralled with the marine life that he walked right up to the glass panel and stood there for ages, oblivious to the fact that the other people were trying to take pictures.
If you’re not visiting the aquarium, the restaurant has another entrance which is accessible via the West Zone Carpark, B1M. Look for the signs in the carpark leading to Equarius Hotel.
Lunch: 11.30am – 2.30pm (last order at 2.15pm)
Snack: 2.30pm – 5.30pm (last order at 5.15pm)
Dinner: 5.30pm – 10.30pm (last order at 10.00pm)
Phone: +65 6577 6688