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I TRIED SEAFOOD FOR THE FIRST TIME – Ocean’s Basket Restaurant Review

Trying new things and discovering things that live under the sea…

Recently I’ve been willing myself to try new things like filming a lookbook video and adding new products to my skin care routine.

My latest feat undoubtedly has me raising the bar.

The Genesis

The other day, I was having a craving for seafood (read as prawns) and then I decide to “think out loud” on Twitter.

Two people recommended Ocean’s Basket at the Ikeja City Mall.

I got to googling, read online reviews, checked their website menu and decided to give it a shot.

The D-Day

It may look like your average Lagos restaurant joint, but Ocean’s Basket is quite the ish.

Ocean basket - ikeja city mall ikeja menu

I’ve been to the mall a number of times but I never did pay attention to the seafood restaurant adjacent to the cinemas. Not like I had any business there though.

Ambience

On entering the restaurant I was warmly welcomed by the staff and directed to a table fit for one.

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The decor was very appealing and I was particularly impressed with the funny inscriptions that doted their walls and tables. Y’all know I’m a sucker for inscriptions and corny lines.

The Menu

Prior to my visit, I had decided on what I was going to order. I set a budget of N10,000 and told myself that nothing was going to make me exceed this.

For starters, I ordered the garlic bread this cost N850.

oceans basket ikeja city mall
Spot the garlic bread in the pan. I forgot to take a proper picture.

As a bush girl, I didn’t really know what to expect but it turned out heavenly, the soft warm bread topped with cheese melted in my mouth like butter and I wish I didn’t gobble them up so quickly.

At this moment I needed something to step down my appetizer and so I ordered for the Ocean’s Basket Special this is a cocktail mix of berries and fruits, it cost me N1500 it tasted really good too. Oh so refreshing!

 

 

At this moment my stomach was starting to fill up and I hadn’t even satisfied my main cravings. Blame it on the size of my tummy!

After a couple of minutes, my Prawns Special platter (12 Prince Prawns) and Chips arrived this costs me 4250 + 1000 respectively. I equally ordered a bottle of mineral water at N350.

 

My platter came with 4 different sauces but I stuck with what I was familiar with. Can you guess? If you said Ketchup, you’re absolutely right!

In all honesty, I didn’t know what to expect with the prawns. I’ve always enjoyed eating crayfish (it’s actually called krill) and shrimp so I felt the taste would be similar.

How did it taste?

There are no exact words to describe its taste. It wasn’t quite like the crayfish I was used to. It was meatier, juicier but less tasty(not in a bad way though).

Did I enjoy it though? – Absofreakinglutely.

Will I be revisiting them anytime soon? – Yezzzir!

Final Thoughts

I spent a total of N8,500 on my meal and it was totally worth it. The portions were great and the food was well prepared and served. I got so full I couldn’t even have dessert.

The waiter was really good and the customer service was excellent. I also liked the fact that I could access their menu online before visiting. That way I could set a spending limit and avoid washing plates.

I wish they had more affordable and smaller platters for 1 because honestly there was no way I could finish 12 King Prawns in one sitting.  I eventually had to request a doggy bag.

All in all, I’ll rate Ocean’s Basket Sea Food Restaurant 8 over 10.

If ever you’re craving some prawns, sushi or calamari Ocean’s Basket is your go-to!

I’m looking to explore more recipes and satisfy more cravings this year,

Hopefully, those cravings don’t have me ordering Pizza from the abroad because I hear The White Rabbit in Oxford is “bloody” good ๐Ÿ˜‰


Ever tried seafood? What was your experience like?

Tell me all about it in the comments section.


Until next time,

WanShyGirl


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19 thoughts on “I TRIED SEAFOOD FOR THE FIRST TIME – Ocean’s Basket Restaurant Review”

  1. I remembered some time last year when I was in Lagos, I was opportune to eat at their Island branch. I had calamari, sushi and prawns. I was so filled up I couldn’t move. It was very tasty, rich and delicious. And it was my fist time eating a full plate of seafood.

    It has topped my list ever since of restaurant to visit whenever I am in Lagos.

    BTW, that’s my big headed friend in your tweet, Zichat. I’m not surprised, she loves food, lols.

    http://www.debwritesblog.com

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    1. Ahn ahn too much enjoyment. I love that their food is filling you wouldn’t even feel the money you spent. I also plan to revist when my tastebuds start to crave some sea food. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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  2. You’re hilarious!
    As a bush girl…
    Ordering pizza from the abroad…๐Ÿ˜‚
    It’s amazing how we can miss things that stare at us, never knew there was seafood in ICM.
    P.s. what is mineral water?

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    1. Hahaha… I’m glad I made you laugh. I know sheyy I had no idea even SPUR Family restaurant has sea food on their menu. Mineral water is bottle water ooo it’s just efizzy ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. Never tried one cos I’m a foodie and can not get my heart broken like that. But since you said its absofreakinglutely, then absofreakinglutely I’ll try it!!

    But what’s the -2 for? And I liked the concept of an online accessible menu. Let all restaurant get on this.
    Good review.

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    1. Hi Sharon you should totally give it a go, Start with something familiar though.

      I didn’t get your question about -2 could you explain more?

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment I appreciate you.

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    1. Hi Blaine. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. I appreciate you. I wonder what it’s like to grow up eating sea food also where are you from? I’m curious ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Hello Wan! Is that your name? Iโ€™m from New Orleans, Louisiana, in the United States. Weโ€™re surrounded by water here and seafood is very cheap. So youโ€™re from Nigeria? Iโ€™d love to visit there one day.

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        1. Oh that’s really nice to hear. I wish seafood was cheap where I am although there are places in nkgfoakso surrounded by water.
          No, Wan isn’t my name but it’s cool.
          Yes, I’m from Nigeria and I’m sure you’ll have a good time whenever you visit.

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  4. Great story-telling! Also good that you liked it. Sometimes it is hard to try new food but often, the rewards are great! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Hi there, thanks for the kind words ๐Ÿ˜Š I’m glad you enjoyed reading this. And yes I’m happy I enjoyed the food even though it was my first time ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  5. I like the style of this write up especially its attention to details like price and menuโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜

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