Ocean Grill – A Review

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Ocean Grill is a themed restaurant that serves excellent seafood. It had been on my wishlist for quite some time and the food bloggers’ meet curated by Vision of Kolkata allowed me to try out some fabulous items.

Location: It is located on the first floor of the Infinity Benchmark building at Sector 5 in Kolkata. The restaurant is accessible by both public and private transport. However, as it’s a crowded area, parking facility depends on your luck. Rating: 4.5/5

Ambience: The restaurant is a perfect reflection of the ocean bed with the blue and white interiors adorning the seating area. The hanging jellyfish shaped lanterns, the embellished sea creatures on the wall, and the ornately carved shells will transport you to the water kingdom. Rating: 5/5

Staff: The staff is very polite and courteous. They knew the food items quite well and ensured that our food journey was great. The bartender deserves a special mention due to his extended hospitality. Rating: 5/5

Food: The restaurant serves both Veg and Non-Veg. Alcohol is also available. As it was a food bloggers’meet, we tried a variety of food items and beverages as follows:

Starters:

1. Fish Bucket: 6 pieces of fresh fish fillet were fried to perfection and served with pea puree, tartare sauce, and salad. The dish was delicious and not spicy. Thus, you should definitely order this if you have children accompanying you. Price: INR 325. Rating: 5/5

2. Flame Grilled Harissa Chicken: This dish consisted of 6 boneless chicken pieces. The spicy Moroccan paste in which the chicken pieces were marinated was a bliss in the mouth. The tzatziki and chilli jam complemented the dish well. Price: INR 295. Rating: 5/5

3. Roasted Chilli Pork: The juicy pork pieces were tenderly roasted over charcoaled flame and sautéed in an authentic Asian chilli sauce. It is a great dish for the red meat lovers. Price: INR 395. Rating: 4/5

4. Chicken Reshmi Kebab: 6 pieces of tender boneless chicken baked in cashew paste and topped with extra malai was simply mouthwatering. Rating: 5/5

5. Green Chilli Chicken: 6 pieces of boneless chicken were cooked in an authentic Asian green paste consisting of coriander, mint, and spinach. The tossed onions and capsicums served alongside were equally flavourful. Price: 295. Rating: 5/5

6. Badami Paneer Tikka: 8 pieces of soft paneer were cooked in a rich cashew paste. The melted cheese topping enhanced the flavour of the dish. Price: INR 245. Rating: 5/5

7. Mushroom Chilli: 6 pieces of mushroom were cooked in authentic Asian spices. The tangy flavour was so good that I completely forgot my love for chicken. Rating: 5/5

8. Veg Croquettes: I tried this vegan dish for the first time. Sautéed vegetables mashed with potatoes were formed into columns and deep fried. I did not like the taste much. Rating: 3/5

Main Course:
1. Chicken Changezi: 6 big boneless chicken pieces were roasted and cooked in a tomato and onion based gravy. The dish was tasty except for the fact that I was expecting a much spicy gravy. It was on the sweeter side. Price: INR 395. Rating: 4/5

2. Mutton Biryani: The Kolkata style mutton biryani was served with a juicy mutton piece. The rice was flavourful and contained mild spices. Rating: 4/5

3. Cheesy Penne Pasta: The pasta was cooked well with crunchy veggies. However, the white sauce had a slightly sweetish tinge and did not reflect the true Italian flavour. Rating: 4/5

4. Braised Lamb Shank: This dish was very attractive with a wholesome lamb shank cooked to perfection. The sautéed vegetables and the mashed potato were better than the lamb itself. Overall, I’d say this dish needs improvement. Rating: 3/5

Desserts:

1. Crème Brulee: Frozen yet soft custard with a flaky caramel topping was a good way to finish our main course. Price: INR 195. Rating: 4/5

2. Chocolate Profiteroles: A single dessert plate contains 4 profiteroles. The filling was excellent and the chocolate topping with crushed nuts won my heart. Price: INR 195. Rating: 5/5

Mocktails and Cocktails:

1. Cinderella: It contained mango juice, vanilla ice cream, and orange squash. It was too sweet for my taste. However, it did look gorgeous. Price: INR 199. Rating: 3/5

2. Polar Bear: Mango juice, litchi juice, and vanilla ice cream were the key components. I liked it a lot. Price: INR 199. Rating: 4.5/5

3. Virgin Mojito: Consisting of mint, lime, and soda, this was a refreshing drink. The ginger added to it gave this classic drink a fresh taste. Price: INR 199. Rating: 4/5

4. Fish Mocktail: This was a bartender’s special mocktail served in a mini aquarium. Rating: 5/5

5. Brain Freezer: Originally a bartender’s special cocktail, this contains 4 flavoured juices with alcohol that will surely give you the hangover you always wanted. Rating: 5/5

Overall, it was a great experience and I would surely revisit the restaurant with friends and family. Thank you, Vision of Kolkata and Ocean Grill, for having me over.

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Shreya Dutta is the Founder & Creative Head of StarWords India and the author of “Dance in the Rain”. She is an engineer by qualification and a writer by passion. Years ago, when little girls were jotting down their bucket list, Shreya was lost in her dreamland in which she was immortal. Dutta had started off writing at an early age because she believed that writing not only helped her to voice her opinion but also led her closer to immortality. With every write-up that gets published, Shreya believes that she gets embedded in the pages of history to inspire the youngsters who dream likewise. Writing is not just her passion; it is her way of taking the road less travelled.

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