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Restaurant review: Ocean Basket, Limassol
With the temperature rising steadily and summer well on its way, seafood comes into its own. Be it prawns, mussels, or fish, the weather is just right to satisfy those salty cravings.
Unfortunately, seafood comes with an ever increasing price, but not at Ocean Basket though which manages to offer reasonable and affordable prices, without skimping on quality.
Ocean Basket restaurants – there are two in Limassol – share a similar quaint comfortable décor which infuses the modern with the traditional, while never straying away from the ‘seafood restaurant’ stereotype.
The first Ocean Basket that opened its doors is within the confines of the Limassol Mall, thus making it an ideal break for your shopping spree, or stroll around the shops. The second, which only opened a few months ago, is in the heart of the tourist area, ideal for a night out in the cool summer breeze.
The dishes are ideal for a larger group of people with a large variety of platters on offer. These can be grilled, fried or Cajun and offer a wide variety of seafood, for one person, two or more. A popular choice is Da Full Deck, which contains 30 princess prawns, garlic mussels, fried calamari and linefish. This platter is more than enough for a group of people. This was one of my choices and left me both impressed and full. We also chose the Cajun style serving, so the prawns also had a deliciously spicy taste. It comes at a price of €49, but there was plenty to share.
The other platter we tried – as I said the Ocean Basket is a ‘must’ when you are in a large group of people – was the soulmate platter. This consists of 18 prince prawns, fried calamari, grilled calamari, garlic mussel and the addition of a village salad. Although delicious, it didn’t quite match the others apart from the grilled calamari, which was one of the best that I have tasted in Limassol so far. Also on offer are the Princess platter, with halloumi cheese, and the King and Kids platter, which is all about the prawns. All platters are be served with chips or rice.
Sushi also features prominently. Ocean Basket offers a selection of sushi, maki, sashimi, fashion sandwiches - miniature rice sandwiches filled with sandwiches layers of fresh seafood, nori and vegetables. You can also try the California rolls, the rainbow rolls, the rock shirmp tempura, the Nagoya platter and the salmon platter.
Less impressive, however, was their fresh fish selection. I had a serving of the fish of the day, and unfortunately found it quite undercooked and rather tasteless.
All other food selections come highly recommended..
1. 169 Shop, My Mall
2. Hallmark Complex, Shop 6
Georgiou A Street, Germasogia
Around €25-30 per person