"The dinner table is the center for the teaching and practicing not just of table manners but of conversation, consideration, tolerance, family feeling, and just about all the other accomplishments of polite society except the minuet." (Judith Martin)
The first time I came to Ocean Room was probably five or six years ago, as far as I remember I had a pretty good experience back then. I've recently found out that the restaurant has been newly renovated end of last year, this has inspired me to come back even more.
The moment I set my foot in, I was charmed by the beauty of the curvy ceiling and wooden chandelier that made of over thousands of hanging wooden tubes. I absolutely loved the theme and the blending of colours, it was simply astonishing. In addition to the elegant dining room, we were lucky to be seated in front of the floor to ceiling window with a magnificent view of Sydney's iconic Opera House right in front of us. We couldn't ask for a better place to bring our parents for a dining indulgence.
Ocean Room is a Japanese restaurant with a twist. The chef cleverly designed the food with traditional Japanese approach that combines with a contemporary culture.
We picked the green shio basil sorbet and salted konbu sauce to go with the oyster. These icy cold oysters were really fresh and appetising. I could almost taste the purity of the oyster. It was so delicious that it left me wanting for more
Natural Oyster $4.5 (each)
Japanese Tapas 1: Tuna Cornet
The marinated blue fin tuna tartare was wrapped in nori rice cracket cornet. The tuna tartare was really soft, it kind of melt in your mouth. The rice cracket cornet tasted like the Chinese egg roll. I thought it was a good match and it certainly made a good entree.
Tuna Cornet $5 (per piece)
Japanese Tapas 2: Soft Shell Crab Taco
The spiced soft shell crab was served with pickled vegetables and wrapped in a crispy taco shell. This was the favourite entree of the night. The crispiness of the taco and the crunch of the spicy soft shell crab, with a dab of mayonnaise and salmon roe is the perfect example of a modernised approach to the traditional deep fried soft shell crab.
Soft Shell Crab Taco $6 (per piece)
Entree 1: Wasabi Prawn
The crispy king prawn was served with wasabi aioli and petit wasabi croquette. It was a decent entree with a very light wasabi flavour aioli to complement the crispy prawn.
Wasabi Prawn $19.00
Entree 2: Tuna Creation
We were told that this is the Ocean Room's signature dish. It consists of five different types of tuna (cut into cubes) with five different condiments. The staff explained that each condiment is designed to complement each type of tuna. Because we ordered this to share, I only get to try the 'Fresh raw akami with black salt, jalapeno and yusu zest'. It was certainly different to what I've tasted before and my dad absolutely loved the 'Marinated akami with truffle salt, fried garlic and fresh chilli' that he had.
Tuna Creation $23.00
Sushi Roll: Tassie Roll
A crispy ocean trout sushi roll, topped with ocean trout sashimi and roe.
Tassie Roll $15.00
Main 1: Chilli Baby Snapper
The roast chilli spiced whole baby snapper was accompanied with micro herbs and dressed with shallot oil. Even though the meat was cooked perfectly well, but I thought the flavour was pretty mediocre, it was nothing unexpected. I was expecting more, I was expecting to be blasted away by the fish.
Steamed rice is available for $3.00 per bowl
Chilli Baby Snapper $39.00
Main 2: Aburiyaki Wagyu
Thank goodness! I thought I will be dissapointed again, but the wagyu had me blasted half way to the moon! The Wagyu Harami was divine and the meat itself was sweet. This was definitely the highlight of the night. A dish I would come back for. We were given a small charcoal grill to further cook the wagyu to our preference.
Aburiyaki Wagyu $45.00
Main 3: Shiogama Pork
This was the last dish we had. The pork belly was tender and tasteful, served with spicy Korean kochuajang sauce, pickled nashi pear and citrus.
Shiogama Pork $37.00
There's certainly a plus and minus in terms of the food, but Ocean room is certainly a fabulous restaurant with a view to die for.
Bay 4 - Ground Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal
Circular Quay West, The Rocks
Circular Quay West, The Rocks
Sydney NSW 2000