Last year Christine and I went to Ocean Room to try their Sugar Hit. We arrived and decided that we would take advantage of things and have dinner instead. We chose the Tasting Menu for $90.00.
We start of with the oyster duo. The duo includes a rock oyster with a chilli and lemon dressing and a pacific oyster with shiso basil sorbet and konbu. The oysters were fresh and plump. The combination of flavours didn’t take away from the natural taste of the oysters.
The next course was the wasabi prawns. Due to lighting issues I just couldn’t get a good picture of these. Now you just can’t go wrong with soft shell crab. The taco had 2 healthy portions of soft shell crab. This was by far my favourite dish. I literally could have eaten 2 or 3 of these.
The saikyo miso cod was the next course. I was not a very big fan of this dish. I felt that the flavours were too strong for my liking. The cod was a little too firm and my taste buds were a little confused.
The prawn sizzle was great. Big plump pieces of prawns. I even ate the head.
The next dish was the one I was waiting for. I tasted a preview while I was at the World Chefs Showcase. I was looking forward to tasting the different condiments with the pieces of fresh tuna. The truffle salt was beyond words. It was amazing with the piece of blue fin tuna.
By the time the shansho pepper steak came out I was full. I can’t believe how much food was coming out. I only had a small piece of the steak which was juicy.
Chris and I basically just stared at the next course. We took a bit of a break before we ate this. It was a selection of nigiri sushi.
While we took a break and my dinner buddy was in the ladies I noticed a table who seem to be on some kind of double date. Chris came back with a grin on her face. She said that there was a girl in the bathroom on her mobile phone asking her friends to rescue her from this horrible date. A few minutes later the girl came out and joined the table of 3. Oh how I felt for her. We both wanted to rescue her from the horrible date that she was on.
So back to the food, after the selection of sushi we were on our last course which was dessert. We were presented with a pretty small share plate of dark chocolate and cherry torte, an apple tea cake with apple sorbet and marinated chestnuts and a crème brulee. The dessert was ok. My favourite was the crème brulee. Oh how I wish we could have been presented with bigger portions of this.
Ocean Rooms Executive Chef is Raita Noda. He was the head chef of Rise and I had the opportunity of meeting him at the World Chefs Showcase. He is one of Australia’s top Japanese chefs. His passion for Japanese food really shows in his tasting menu.
Ocean Room is a fabulous restaurant. I’m glad I got the chance to go. I will certainly be making another trip on a special occasion. The staff are friendly and the view is to die for. It’s a perfect destination for a romantic dinner, a blind date ehehehe or a relaxed dinner with friends.
Ground Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal
Circular Quay West
The Rocks Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 92529585
Fax: 02 92529586