So before I actually start the post, I just want to apologise for the quality of the photos. It was one of those rare, nice night outs and carrying a big bulky camera did not go well with the outfit that was wearing, but I still wanted to share the experience. Oh the woes of being me.
In anycase we managed to find parking around The Rocks relatively easy considering it was a Saturday night. I guess we were just lucky, or that it was that cold out that most people preferred to stay indoors and away from the sea winds.
We arrive on time, however the table that we’d booked was directly in front of the door which was used very frequently by the waitstaff, despite us having booked a week in advance. Not wanting the cold air to ruin our evening we asked to be moved to another table, since it was already 7:30 and the restaurant was relatively empty. We were told that the whole restaurant was booked out, but that they could place us two tables down, not much of a difference, but it was better than nothing and we didn’t want to push as they’d been so nice and accommodating about it already.
The SO (significant other) and I had decided weeks beforehand that we’d definitely want try out their tasting menu (at $90pp), so we wasted little time informing our waiter after changing tables.
First items to arrive were drinks!
left: sake- Kikuisui ginjo, $23. right: Ocean Room Punch, $18
I am not a fan of sake, at all… I would not go so far as to say hate, but to me, this tasted pretty much like all the other sake I have tasted, in that it burns. But my SO assured me it was one of the better ones and has even become hell-bent on tracking it down and buying his own unlimited supply. The Ocean Room Punch was great! Loved it. Made up of things I love: passionfruit, peach, pear, Domain Chandon Sparkling and vodka. yum.
rock oyster with fresh chilli & lemon vineigrette, pacific oyster with shiso basil sorbet and konbu
Delicious oysters. Definitely prefer the chilli and lemon one, not that I’m saying the shiso one was bad, because it wasnt in the least. But the chilli one left your lips tingling afterwards.
TUNA CORNET – marinated blue fin tuna tartare in wrapped nori cornet
ANCHOVY & SORBET – marinated anchovy with smoked tomato sorbet
When I ate the anchovy I was definitely not expecting it to be as cold and as frozen as it was! Just a warning. Maybe the frozen prevented my tasting the overpowering fishy and saltiness I usually get from eating anchovies.
WASABI PRAWN – crispy king prawn with wasabi aioli petit wasabi croquette
SOFT SHELL CRAB TACO – spiced soft shell crab, pickled vegetables in a taco shell
I’d have to say that the Wasabi Prawn was my favourite dish for the night. Pity there was only one ): (and we dont count dessert in the “favourite item” list do we?)
SAKE JELLY BAR COD – seared bar cod with sake & plum jelly, sheer konbu
Now this one was WEIRD! But still tasty!
TUNA CREATION – tuna five ways, with five different condiment
Surprising and fun to eat. It came served with descriptions on a printout and consisted of:
- Oil blanched toro with chilli salt, fresh ginger and coriander
- Fresh raw chutoro with soy salt (light), wasabi and lemon zest
- Seared chutoro with soy salt (3yrs aged), five peppers and salmon roe
- Fresh raw akami with black salt, jalapeno and yuzu zest
- Marinated akami with truffle salt, fried garlic and fresh chilli
SAIKYO MISO COD – sweet miso marinated cod fillet with ginger scented risotto
PRAWN SIZZLE – pan seared green king prawn with coriander citrus sauce
SANSHO PEPPER BEEF STEAK – grain fed rib eye steak with sansho peppercorn jus
By this time I was getting pretty full and was basically just trying to finish everything on my plate because it was too good to go to waste. Lucky for me the SO also happens to be a bottomless pit and I to love test its depths. Much to his excitement, two-thirds of what you see in this picture he happily gobbled up.
SUSHI COLLECTION – THREE – chef ’s daily recommendation three nigiri sushi
But no matter how full you are, you do not share sushi especially when there is only three (all different one) on a plate!
SGROPPINO FROM THE EAST $20 – Domain Chandon Sparkling, Sorbet champagne whisked together with a seasonal sorbet
A post-dinner, pre-dessert drink! Some bubbly to help digest, or so I tell myself. PS, I have no clue how to say “SGROPPINO” …anyone?
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and the course I waited 8 other courses for, dessert :) lets see… could there be anything the matter with dessert? Well, yeah, look at the teeny tiny portion. And of course I have the best person to share this course with – “not a dessert person”. Lucky me!
Ocean Room definitely makes for a great night out, but next time I will definitely remember to bring more than my point and shoot camera, because these pictures do no justice for the food that I ate. Good company, good food, good view, good service.
Ocean Room Sydney
Bay 4 – Ground Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal
Circular Quay West, The Rocks Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9252 9585