Ocean Basket – Seafood restaurant – Mirdiff City Center, Dubai

Me with the owners of Ocean Basket (From left: Manny and George lazarides)
Men in Jeans: Me with the owners of Ocean Basket (From left: Manny and George lazarides)

It’s been a while that I’ve visited a seafood restaurant. So here I am at a new seafood restaurant in Dubai called Ocean Basket located at Mirdiff CityCenter and before I continue I would like to highlight that there is a chance for you to easily win 300dhs dining voucher at Ocean Basket restaurant. More details at end of post…

Interiors of ocean basket restaurant
Interiors of ocean basket restaurant

It’s actually their second branch in Dubai. The first one is inside Dubai Airport – Terminal 3. I love the theme of this restaurant as in the colors, the fonts used in their menu page, the drawings and most importantly I understand their menu. Menu is well designed, they have pictures besides each of their item with pricing and description making it easier for someone like me who is a part time sea food lover. Note I am talking about the menu available at the restaurant. You might not find pictures on their menu online. You can check out their online menu here.

on the house - homemade chilli, tartar and garlic sauces along with bread and butter
on the house – homemade chilli, tartar and garlic sauces along with bread and butter

While you wait for your drinks you are given a nice basket of bread, butter and 3 homemade sauces which is chilli, tartar and garlic sauces. Chilli was definitely dangerous, you just couldn’t eat too much of it. Our order started with fresh juices. We ordered Watermelon, strawberry and lemon n mint. Strawberry was tasting best out of the three. Rich and pure.

Fruit juices - Dhs 20 - Lemon and mint, strawberry and watermelon
Fruit juices – Dhs 20 – Lemon and mint, strawberry and watermelon
Village salad - Dhs 25
Village salad – Dhs 25

The village salad came in a lovely big white bowl. The giant slab of cheese on top and that little bit of olive oil flowing on top got me moving. The salad was surely dressed well and was good to begin with. We had quite a bit of interesting items as starters too:

  • Calamari starter – Dhs 30
  • Halloumi cheese – Dhs 29
  • Garlic and cheese prawns – Dhs 50
  • Mussels in lemon and Garlic – Dhs 39
calamari starter - Dhs 30
calamari starter – Dhs 30

Calamari here is a fried one but they do have different versions of calamari for you. You could try their fried, grilled or Cajun. Cajun came spicy and I loved that one. Halloumi cheese was super. People on the table wanted more of it. The sauce that came along for prawns and Mussels was special which gave extra taste to them.

Halloumi cheese - Dhs 29
Halloumi cheese – Dhs 29
Garlic and cheese prawns - Dhs 50
Garlic and cheese prawns – Dhs 50

Of course they give you chopsticks for you to easily hold them and eat but I was more comfortable with fork and knife, I skipped the chopsticks. It’s cool to see people using chopsticks but you need to have that patience if you haven’t used a chopstick before. Once you know how to use it, nothing like it. Maybe I should start practicing before I start embarrassing myself using the wrong tools at the wrong place. Also noticed their menu gave you some tips on using chopsticks 🙂

Mussels in lemon and Garlic - Dhs 39
Mussels in lemon and Garlic – Dhs 39
Sushi for 2 - Dhs 140
Sushi for 2 – Dhs 140

We tried the Sushi for 2

  • 8 pieces of salmon california rolls (A rice roll filled with seaweed, avo & fresh salmon, sliced to bite)
  • 8 pieces of tuna fashion sandwiches (Miniature rice sandwiches, filled with layers of fresh tune and nori)
  • 6 pieces of prawn nigiri (Fingers of Japanese sushi rice topped with prawn)
  • 6 pieces of crab stick maki (A palm sized snack made of sushi rice and crab stick, wrapped in a seaweed cone)

I enjoyed all of it specially the prawns one. Nice thing about eating sushi is that it’s light and it feels great in your stomach.

Da full deck - Dhs 320 - 30 prince prawns, mussels, calamari, calamari steak strips and line fish
Da full deck – Dhs 320 – 30 prince prawns, mussels, calamari, calamari steak strips and line fish
Da full deck - dhs 320 - Calamari in focus
Da full deck – dhs 320 – Calamari in focus – 30 prince prawns, mussels, calamari, calamari steak strips and linefish
Da Family platter - Dhs 170 - 12 prince prawns, calamari, 4 pieces of fish
Da Family platter – Dhs 170 – 12 prince prawns, calamari, 4 pieces of fish

The tray was literally full and loaded with seafood. The fish(Nile perch) that came along it was really nice. There was another fish that i tried as well which was soft called cream dory but i enjoyed the nile perch more. Prince prawns would easily come off their skin and into my fork :). It was a great meal.

Dozen Prince prawns stir fry- Dhs 70 - 12 pieces of prawns and stir-fry vegetables
Dozen Prince prawns stir fry- Dhs 70 – 12 pieces of prawns and stir-fry vegetables
Calamri 3 ways (Grilled, Fried and Cajun) - Dhs 65
Calamari 3 ways (Grilled, Fried and Cajun) – Dhs 65

Above you can see the three types of Calamari I was telling you about earlier. Extreme left is the spicy calamari which I enjoyed the most among the calamaris. The rice you see here is a little blank in taste for me.

Peri Peri sauce of Ocean basket - Dhs 15
Peri Peri sauce of Ocean basket – Dhs 15

I thought peri peri only came from Nandos but here’s another one. A piri piri sauce to match your seafood. Even the packing looks more or less the same but this sauce can only be found at Ocean Basket restaurant. So if you want to buy one of these, you don’t find them from supermarkets but instead you buy directly from Ocean basket restaurant.

My plate of fish(nile perch) and prawns
My plate of fish(nile perch) and prawns

Ocean Basket restaurant official website: http://www.oceanbasket.com/
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0 thoughts on “Ocean Basket – Seafood restaurant – Mirdiff City Center, Dubai”

  1. I love California rolls since its shallow cooked….I wud like to offer u to take me to this place when v come to visit ;)…BTW ur doing an amazing job….

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