Restaurant Review: Ocean Basket

Ocean Basket’s seafood platter

The first time I noticed Ocean Basket was at night.  I saw this brightly-lit building with umbrellas on an outdoor deck.  The place was buzzing with people.  I knew immediately I wanted to go there.  But first, a bit of background:  Ocean Basket is a South African chain of restaurants found in South Africa (of course), Zambia, Namibia, Mauritius, Cyprus, Dubai and now, Nigeria.  Ocean Basket’s focus is on sea food so its location, just a short walk from Bar Beach, makes sense.

You can just see the upstairs patio in this picture

I went to Ocean Basket on a Saturday afternoon.  It was a really hot day so I chose to sit inside instead of under one of the many umbrellas on the patio.  Ocean Basket offers a range of sea food and has a whole separate menu for sushi.  I ordered the Seafood Platter which had 3 mussels, 6 large prawns, Linefish, Calamari and Calamari heads and came with chips.  The food took about 30 minutes to arrive meaning I was starving by the time it was placed in front of me.

Is your mouth watering yet? 🙂

The mussels and Calamari were great but I found the fish dry so I mostly ignored it.  Overall, while the staff were friendly and the meal good value for money, I was not amused by the amount of time it took for the food to get to me.  In the end though, Ocean Basket seems like is a good place to have an affordable meal with friends.


Price:           The food and drinks (a bottle of Fanta, a bottle of Heineken and a glass of wine) cost N5,500.

Address:       Plot 1392 Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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