Ocean Basket is a South African seafood-theme chain restaurant. They recently opened a branch in Victoria Island, and on a day where I craved seafood and my friend craved sushi, this was the recommended place to try out.
Food: Note – do not place orders when you are hungry, otherwise you will order too much food. We decided to split the Seafood Platter for Two, as well as one of the Sushi Platters for Two. Needless to say, by the time we were done with the Seafood Platter, we were soooo full, we had to box up the sushi. I really enjoyed the fries, fish, calamari and squid heads part of the platter. I don’t like mussels, so I didn’t eat it, but my friend liked it. You have to make sure they give you the Sweet Chili sauce, which I think should replace Ketchup as a mainstay condiment. The manager was nice enough to give us the bottle of Sweet Chili sauce! My 2 sources of contention would be that we had to wait 30+ minutes for the food to arrive (our waitress let us know beforehand); but when the food came, it wasn’t hot. I don’t particularly like hot food, but cold fried seafood just isn’t appealing. Also, the bread was boring.
Ambiance/Décor: LOVE! I would visit over and over, if only for the décor. It’s similar to a Joe’s Crab Shack (US). There are two floors, and you can sit on the balcony as well. If you wanted to have a semi-private room, there’s a sectioned off space with a few tables. I particularly liked the table mats and wall instructions on how to eat sushi and other stuff – FUN ATMOSPHERE to say the least. And it’s great that there’s parking inside! You hardly get that in Lagos.
Service: The wait staff was friendly and courteous. However, we had to look for our waitress more than twice because she’d disappeared. It would have been better if she was more attentive.
Overall Value: Dishes start at about N2000 and go up to N12000 for family platters. The sushi ranges from N1100 to N5000. Given that we were full after the Seafood Platter for 2, which cost a little over N6000 I would say that we got what we paid for. It’s just a tad pricey.