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Restaurant reviews: Dining with the sharks at Ocean Restaurant at S.E.A Aquarium in Singapore

Ocean Restaurant
Marine Life Park, S.E.A. Aquarium
Sentosa
6577 6869 | rwsentosa.com

 

Manta rays, sharks and thousands of fish glide silently past the enormous floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Not only are we visiting Singapore’s newly opened aquarium tonight, we’re dining in it. Which is why our disjointed dinner conversation went something like this: “So did you talk to Peter about the dates?” “Yes, he thinks…Hey! Look at that massive black one!”

If you’re not immediately facing the glass (which is definitely the best position), there are swivel chairs, and enormous angled mirrors along the back wall. The marine-themed décor features soft midnight blue lighting and a clash of textures: plush patterned carpet, opalescent mosaic tiles, shimmery fabrics in aquamarine and clothed tables set with heavy silver cutlery.

Entertainment taken care of, it’s over to the food. This was easily sorted by ordering the set menuor Cat Cora Experience ($158++), named after the American who put her celebrity chef name to the restaurant and designed the rather healthy looking menu. Apart from one chicken and one Wagyu option, the choices are all seafood.

The procession of five courses arrives swiftly. The cold starter is sous-videking salmon, perfectly cooked at 48 degrees,with a topping of sustainable caviar and a cute, thumb-sized pear covered in crushed almonds. Next is the warm starter, a more-ish risotto with tiny shrimp, mushrooms and lashings of black truffle. The soup is a clear broth of Manila clams, chorizo and garlic: deliciously warming in the too-cool air-conditioning. There’s a sorbet pause, but the strawberryflavour is rather sweet and overpowering after the subtle soup.

Two choices are on offer for the main: king salmon fillet with a sweet mandarin habanero chilliglaze and couscous, or a Basque Wagyu with leek bread pudding. Both are served piping hot,are healthy and usequality ingredients, but there are no standout flavours. Other than one mint leaf for garnish, there is nothing minty about the After Eight mint variation with chocolate. Rather, the dessert has subtle mandarin undertones and, feeling pleasantly but not uncomfortably full, we gobble it up. 

To catch the marine life in a different light, a lunchtime visit to Ocean Restaurant would be worthwhile,and it’s a unique place to treat visitors.

Tip: Ask for instructions on finding the restaurant, prior to arriving either by car or taxi at Resorts World Sentosa’s labyrinth-like carpark.

Must-try dish: Sakura shrimp risotto with truffle shavings.

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