Raita’s Tasting Menu at Ocean Room

Ocean Room you ask? Never heard of it. Well neither had we until we were invited to sample the restaurant’s 12 course degustation menu recently.

It would appear for some reason, unbeknown to us, that Ocean Room is the forgotten gem of the Overseas Passenger Terminal; the evening we had at the restaurant was nothing short of exceptional, so why aren’t more people talking about it? Surely it’s because people simply aren’t aware of it, and if that’s the case I hope this article brings it to your attention next time your looking for a top notch Japanese dining experience.

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Executive Chef – Raita Noda

My date for the evening was my lovely mother but I can assure you Ocean Room is a seriously good date spot. I think a degustation menu is an excellent option for a date, especially when there’s 12 courses on offer, as there’s always something delicious or exciting to chat about.

We were led to our table by the window and treated to a glass of Bollinger each and were presented our first dish almost instantly, fresh Sydney rock oysters with a Yamazaki whisky silk and the tasting menu only got better from there.

Raitas Tasting MenuExplaining all 12 dishes in detail would take me 1000 words, so I thought it would be best to list my highlights, which was tough because all 12 were excellent and presented wonderfully. The Maguro (Yellow Fin tuna) and the Kassen (Sashimi) were fresh and delicate, some of the finest raw fish I’ve had in years. The Onsen (Autumn vegetable collection) was presented as a small fondue set with a anchovy and garlic bath for dipping – a really well executed dish. The Miso Cod with ginger risotto was one of the most fabulous dishes that my mother and I decided we’d ever eaten and the Sansui (Wagyu steak and quinoa crusted king prawn) followed in impeccable fashion.

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Sansui

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Miso Cod.

As the night progressed we sampled a number of drinks including a flawless Rhubarb Margherita, a 2010 Bannockburn Chardonnay and a 2011 Roucas Toumba GSM from the restaurant’s extensive wine list before finishing with a Cognac and the Ocean Room’s signature dessert, the Amaguri.

I don’t have a bad word to share about Ocean Room, it really was one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had in terms of both food and service, and of course the view! I think Ocean Room really deserves to be treated as one of the best Japanese restaurants in the city and you’d be foolish not to consider it next time your heading out for a special occasion with your mother or your new lady friend.

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James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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