Ocean Room, Circular Quay


Food: 6/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Value: 6/10

Average Price
Entrée: $15-$25
Main: $35-$40
Dessert: $20-$25
Degustation: $90 pp 11 courses / $80 pp 8 courses
Corkage: No BYO, Fully licensed restaurant
Cakeage: No outside food allowed

Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Dark
Noise Level: Quiet
Waiting time for foods: 30 mins
Booking time require: 2-3 days
Child friendly/High Chair: No

Valentine’s Day – An annual commemoration held on February 14th celebrating love and affection between couples. For the single people out there, I know I know it’s just an excuse to make you look pathetic. But as for me, I think it is a perfect excuse to dine out at a nice restaurant that is fairly overpriced.

After some extensive researches and unlimited browsing of food blogs with my boyfriend. We decided to go to ocean room. Ocean room is a modern Japanese restaurant – mixing of modern techniques with ancient Japanese recipes.

When I first walked in, I noticed a lot of wooden tube lighting, some oyster lights and a candle on the table. Oh oh.. whenever there are candle on the dining table, You know it is going to be DARK. But luckily, we got to sit right in front of the ceiling window with the perfect view of Opera House. So what more can I ask for?

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Okay! Enough of talk let’s get down to business. We went for the Raita’s Tasting Menu. $90 pp for 12 courses (Tasting size)

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Oyster Duo – Rock oyster with fresh chilli & lemon vinaigrette pacific oyster with shiso basil sorbet and konbu

I’ve never been a huge fan of oyster, especially raw one. The oyster Duo was absolutely fresh and plump. Not those gray and slim looking types. I could pop the whole oyster straight in my mouth without having to worry about the fishy smell at all. The combination of the fresh chilli and lemon vinaigrette matches perfectly with the oysters and I could almost taste the freshness of the sea.

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Tuna Cornet – Marinated blue fin tuna tartare in wrapped nori cornet

This was the most “fusion” dish out of the whole menu, I admired the chef’s creativity. The blue fin tuna melt in the mouth and cornet was crunchy. But the picture looked as big as it might have seemed it is actually size of a fat thumb.

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Anchovy & Sorbet – Marinated anchovy with smoke tomato sorbet

I love anchovy!! The tomato sorbet complimented well with the salty anchovy. But again… size of two small thumbs.

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Wasabi Prawn – Crispy king prawn with wasabi aioli petit wasabi croquette

This dish was like a trademark to Ocean Room. I was actually looking forward to try the wasabi prawn. The prawn was fresh, crunchy and the wasabi aioli was just right and not overpowering.

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Soft Shell Crab Taco – Spiced soft shell crab, pickled vegetables in a taco shell

This dish sounded so Mexico to me! But surprisingly it was nothing like a real taco. The taco is very thin and crispy almost little bit like a rice cracker.

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Sake Jelly Bar Cod –Flame seared bar cod with sake & plum jelly, sheer konbu

I must admitted I was appalled by the texture of this dish, it was very slimy. But it actually tasted better than I expected. There were more depth of flavours than you can see with you naked eyes.

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Tuna Creation – Tuna five ways, with five different condiment

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Wow! This was such a cool dish. The tuna creation consists of 5 cubes of tuna that cooked in different ways with accompanying flavoured salts. They were: – Oil blanched with chilli salt, fresh raw with light soy salt, seared with soy salt (3yrs aged), fresh raw with black salt and marinated with truffle salt. I am a big sucker of spicy foods so I casted my vote on the Oil blanched with chilli salt. The best part of all was the little tasting note that came with the dish, it detailed exactly what you are tasting.

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Saikto Miso Cod – Sweet marinated cod fillet with chilli and spring onion

Fish was cooked to perfect, the chilli powder added a little kick to the dish.

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Prawn Sizzle – Pan seared green king prawn with coriander citurus sauce

The prawn was very flavoursome, I could actually see all the flavours on the body of the prawn. Chilli, pepper, coriander citurus. Now I just wished they were a little bit more generous on the coriander citurus sauce.

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Sansho Pepper Beef Steak – Grain fed rib eye steak with sansho peppercorn jus

Beef is my favourite meat out of all, so I could be quite picky on it. This dish was the best out of the whole menu and it was the biggest! Meat cooked medium rare, tender, juicy with smooth and silky buttery mash. Two thumbs up!!

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Sushi Collection Three – Chef’s daily recommendation three nigiri sushi

In Sydney we are blessed with fresh and large variety of fish for sushi, the quality wasn’t as fresh here and the cut is rather very thin.

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Ocean Room Assiette – classic crème brulee, pink lady apple almond gateau and apple sorbet. Two kind of chocolate ganaches with dark chocolate pipe and orange slices

Mind you, this dessert needs to be shared with your partner/friend. Let’s start from the left. Crème brulee was smooth and silky but the bowl was so tiny that one spoonful it is gone. (Still have to leave half for the next person…). Apple almond gateau and the sorbet was the best it has a really refreshing and fruity flavour. The chocolate was a bit rich for me as I am not a big fan of dark chocolate. But if you take a little bit of the orange slices it will balance it out nicely.

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Conclusion: If your a big eater and looking for value for money then Ocean Room isn’t for you. Atmosphere is great along with the service, dating couples will find this venue fantastic. The food is Japanese fine dine with lots of creative ideas. Worth a try even if it’s only once.


Bay 4 – Ground Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay West, The Rocks
opening hrs: Tue – Fri: 12:00 to 14:00
Mon -Sat: 18:00 to 22:00 (late night dining on Fri & Sat until 24.00)
Web: www.oceanroomsydney.com

Getting There:

Parking: Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks.  Clock Tower, 55 Harrington St. The Rocks
By: Train:  Circular Quay Station
By Bus:

bus map

Map picture


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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alice
    Oct 11, 2010 @ 07:07:43

    Hi there, I saw your review on eatability and followed the link you posted to this page. Thankyou very much for a very informative review 😀

    Alice x


  2. Christine
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 07:38:06

    looks great! seems pretty well priced for degustation as well (compared to other places anyway) 🙂


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