Ocean Room had always been on my list of restaurants to visit however I just had not have a chance to pay a visit until I received a notification email from the Ocean Room that the restaurant will operate on its last day in mid April 2014. Quite a shocking news!
Ocean Room was located at the Overseas Passenger Terminal near the historic The Rocks. Due to compulsory development of the terminal announced by the Sydney Ports Corporation, the restaurant which opened its door for the first time in 2004 had to say good bye to its customers in April this year. So there are no other choices but to book in!
Please stay with me while I share my magical experience with Japanese food with you :)
Ocean Room (My Rating: An amazing 9/10)
Entertainment book voucher accepted? Yes
|Overseas Passenger Terminal at the Rocks|
|The Back Door of Restaurant|
|Dim Light Interior|
|Hundreds of Bamboos Hanging from the Ceiling Just Above from where I sat|
|Left: Violet Mist Cocktail - Shirashinken Barley Shochu, Creme de Violette, Lemon|
Right: Afternoon Tea Mocktail - Earl Grey Tea, Orange Juice, Mint, Sugar Syrup & Housemade Marmalade
The cocktail came in a such a pretty pastel blue colour with three dried roses on the top however the roses were just for decoration purpose only, the alcohol taste of it was not so strong. On the right side, the mocktail tasted just like earl grey tea with a few other ingredients which lifted the flavour of the tea itself however there was no X factor in this tall glass.
Customers are offered either ala carte menu or 12-course tasting menu which was created by the executive chef of Ocean Room, Raita Noda. The BF and I would love to try many dishes with smaller quantity thus we opted for the latter which costed $120 per person for 12 beautiful courses. That was quite a catch considering the quantity and the quality of food served and each of us had our own plate for each course so we didn't have to fight over the food (quite a relief!).
|1st course: Kaki - Cold Smoked Sydney Rock Oysters, Tomato Water Jelly, Chili Pearl, Baby Basil|
|2nd course: Ochazuke - Cold Drip Dashi & Gyokuro Green Tea, Flame Seared Latchet, Rice Crust & Umeboshi Sorbet|
The red meat in the glass was the latchet fish, I googled it and was quite shocked with the shape of latchet species. It looks like a fish with butterflies wings!
|The Close Up of Ochazuke|
|3rd Course: Maguro - Yellow Fin Tuna, Sicilian Green Olive & Buffalo Mozzarella Drops Soy Pearls, Tomato Chips|
|4th Course: Canned Ocean Room|
I was so excited about this dish, opening a closed tin like a happy young kid opening a can of Coke. Inside the tin there were fresh cuttlefish stamped with an unknown symbol, crab meat, fresh roe, sea urchin, okra & eel. Soya sauce, wasabi and nori seaweed were served on the side.
We guessed the right way to enjoy it was to place the fresh seafood inside the nori and rolled it however we might be wrong, we enjoyed this course while commenting about how cool the tin packaging was.
|Wrapping the Fresh Seafood inside the Nori Seaweed|
|5th Course: Onsen - Winter Vegetable Collection, Yaki-Onigiri, Black Shichimi, House Made Anchovy & Garlic Bath|
|6th Course: Kassen - Daily Seasonal Sashimi Collection|
|Collection of Fresh Fishes in Season|
|7th Course: Foie Gras - Pan seared, Oden Daikon, Seasonal Mushrooms, Horseradish|
|8th Course: Miso Cod - Grilled Sweet Miso Cod, Zucchini Flower, Ginger Risotto, Orange Miso|
|9th Course: Butabara - Simmered Pork Belly, Melting Tofu, Soy Broth, Yuzu Chili Ponzu|
|Pouring the Chili Ponzu to the Bag of Pork|
|10th Course: Deconstructed Burrito - Wagyu Flat Iron Steak, Chili Con Carne, Tornado Potato|
|The Fully Packed Restaurant on Its Last Day of Operation|
|Ocean Room Bar|
|11th Course: Edo-Mae Sushi - Authentic Tokyo Style Nigiri Sushi|
|12th Course: Hotondo Ichigo - Strawberry Mascarpone, Strawberry Chips, Sweetened Beetroot, Pop Soda Strawberry, Minty Lemon Air|
After 11 courses of savoury dish, a sweet ending was a must to wash down all the courses we had smashed earlier. The mascarpone was creamy but so light and was not overly sweet, it was a really pleasant course to finish off.
|The View from the Front|
In conclusion, this experience had been amazing and we would like to thank and say the last good bye to Ocean Room for the magical experience throughout the night. We were advised that there might be a chance for Raita Noda the executive chef to re-open a new restaurant in the following year while he is enjoying a career break for the rest of this year.
Sayonara for now, Ocean Room! You have served us very well.
Ocean Room used to be located at:
Ground Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal
Circular Quay West, The Rocks Sydney