There has been sooo much buzz about the ocean basket restaurant in Lagos, that I had been planning to visit for sometime but I just never got round to it. A perfect opportunity presented itself recently. It was my dear friend’s birthday and I was invited to have lunch with a couple of other friends, there could not have been a better time than a Sunday afternoon. As with most restaurants in Lagos, we did not need to have table reservation but knowing there would be about 12 of us,we had to request for a table large enough to accommodate us, the manager was quite nice about it and fixed us up real quick.The restaurant was packed to the rafters. At this point, I must say that for a fish and seafood place, it did not smell fishy at all, I was pleasantly surprised. Seated,we decided to wait for everyone to come before placing our orders. After our orders of several full deck platters and wine were taken, we were served sliced baguettes with butter,some sort of jalapeno sauce and creamy sauce. We went through the bread rounds
rather quickly, the food seemed to be taking longer than we were told, the waiter brought two more rounds of bread and sauces, and it went down just as fast as the others did. At this point everyone had got really tired of the bread!!!!After what seemed like eternity! the food came, I assumed I had stuffed up on enough bread to be bothered about the real food. Little did I know, I ate a piece of the calamari and I could not stop eating, It was well worth the wait. The seafood was nicely seasoned and served. In my opinion it was quite different from the regular stuff we get served in Lagos. The wine could not have tasted better with this meal. One thing I was however not impressed with, was the portions, considering the fact that it was the full deck platter we ordered. it did not seem like a lot for 4 grown up to eat. We swiftly moved on to desserts,the dessert menu was not that extensive but We decided to have some anyway, I ordered the mud pie served with ice cream and my friend ordered Cheesecake. When it came I really wish i had not ordered it because it put a damper on all the nice things I had eaten. The cheesecake was stale! …yes stale , it tasted like it had been the freezer for too long( it tasted of freezer if you know what i mean), the mud pie was not much better.we brought the attention of the waiter to it , he apologized and took the plate away. He promptly came back with the manager who also apologized and offered us ice cream for free, even though I did not like the fact that the ice cream( and other desserts) was just slapped on the plate in a semi liquid form, it was a good gesture that the manager actually paid attention to what was going on with us.
So would I go back there? Yes.
MY SCORE CARD
Quality of food-7
Value for Money-7