Ocean Restaurant is Singapore’s only underwater fine-dining restaurant and probably the hottest dining ticket in town: it’s uniquely housed within the world’s largest oceanarium at Resorts World Sentosa, with a breathtaking front-row seat to the massive undersea habitat, and headlined by a two-Michelin star celebrity chef Olivier Bellin, lauded for his fierce advocacy towards sustainable cooking approaches.
With seafood sustainability a clear tenant in Bellin’s beliefs, Ocean shines in its sourcing and preparing of seafood options. “Purity is the DNA of this new menu,” says Chef Bellin. His emphasis on presenting natural and healthy flavours features a mix of responsibly sourced seafood, local produce and house-grown herbs. Serving up lunch ($148) and dinner ($248) formats, his conceived dishes are predominantly modern European where he experiments with textures and temperatures.
In terms of the ambience, it’s still as majestic as ever, with the huge floor-to-ceiling glass panels of the aquarium giving the restaurant an azure glow. There’s also the clever use of sleek architectural lines in the main dining room inspired by the streamlined movement of the highly threatened manta ray. You’re likely to spend most of the meal gazing in wonderment as giant manta rays, zebra sharks and shoals of silvery fish glide past.
Dining here is always surreal and hypnotic and the restaurant’s design takes full advantage of this – angled mirrors are placed at the opposite end of the viewing window to ensure nobody in the 50-seater misses out on the view.