Nestled in Pasarbella @ The Grandstand Bukit Timah, Oceans of Seafood is a purveyor of the freshest seafood in town, where fresh produce are brought in twice weekly. Patrons can expect Boston lobsters, Pacific oysters, and the latest three brand-new menu mainstays, with 12 new chirashi offerings!
– Gail & Jem
Oceans of oysters Some of the chirashi available:
Oceans Delights Platter – $38++G & J: This enticing platter is every seafood lover’s dream, with half a dozen freshly shucked Pacific oysters and mini cups of aburi maguro, white prawns and boiled tako. Choose you dip: ume dressing, goma dressing or tabasco! The oysters are big and juicy, and the other appetisers chewy and fresh.
Ocean’s Signature Chirashi – $28++G & J: This is not a chef’s signature dish for nothing. Cubed salmon, tuna, swordfish and octopus atop a bed of sliced cucumber, tamago and sesame seed rice. Every bite was sweet! Not to mention the sprinkle of tobiko, which is much loved by everyone, we daresay. There is a special sauce to this dish for sure – it binds all the ingredients together and helps the chirashi to go down smoothly. A must-try!
Jewel Box Chirashi – $28++G & J: This is a special chirashi that is aptly named “jewel box”. This is because the triangular tamago pieces are initially flipped inward as if covering something, only to be flipped open upon eating to reveal the treasure trove inside. Besides the usual fish, there’s bountiful ikura which burst in our mouths like fireworks. The only downside of this dish is the rice, which was plain and dry at the bottom and did not capture our attention like the Chef’s Signature Chirashi did.
Chazuku Chirashi – $22++
G: This was another unique chirashi, where piquant dashi stock is heated and poured into the dish. I personally felt that it made the chirashi damp, albeit like porridge, and muted the overall taste of the dish. The soup broth was lightweight and tasty though.
Oceans Teriyaki Chirashi – $28++G & J: For a more savoury touch, you can opt for this chirashi. It features grilled tuna, swordfish, tako and hotate coated with teriyaki sauce on a bed of fluffy rice.
Seiro Mushi – $60++ (3 pax) G & J: This features a variety of seafood ingredients and vegetables arrayed in bamboo baskets, which are then placed atop a boiling pot of miso-flavoured soup base. These ingredients are then steamed over high heat while ensuring that all the juices are retained within. Rice and egg will then be added to the broth, and the offering becomes the traditional “zosui”. This light Japanese rice soup is simply brimming with the essence of seafood and veggies. Seafood includes fresh white prawns, mussels, plump Hokkaido scallops, tender salmon and succulent squid. This felt and tasted very healthy, and we enjoyed it. Did we mention this came with 3 special dipping sauces? Special mention to the in-house chilli sauce which was so damn addictive.
There are about 7-8 more different variations of the chirashi, so we are sure there will be one that suits your palette. One thing’s for sure – you’d definitely be spoilt for choice!
The food is worth the hype, but the only downside is the location (which requires either a car or copious amounts of walking) and slight steepness of the price. Other than that, the ambience is pretty good and you know you’re paying for good quality produce.
Quote “OOSPROJECTWEEKENDS” when you dine there for a complimentary dessert on the house. Valid till 30 September 2016.
200 Turf Club Road
#02-06 PasarBella @ The Grandstand
Nearest MRT: Tan Kah Kee (downtown line)
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 9.30pm daily
* This is an invited media tasting by Oceans of Seafood.
Average price per pax: $35 - $50
What you should order: Oceans Delights Platter, Chef's Signature Chirashi, Seiro Mushi.