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“Average and mediocre”

Ocean Basket - Cresta Shopping Mall
Ranked #35 of 132 Restaurants in Randburg
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Reviewed 4 June 2017

My wife and I have been to this restaurant several times and will probably return again when the craving for fish hits us again.

However, the experience is always mediocre. The service tends to be rushed and non-engaged, the place always smells strongly of kitchen flavours, and the quality of the food is so-so.

The last 2 times we have been to Ocean Basket at Cresta have been marked by menu options not being available. In particular, the veggie selection that accompanies their options. This time it was the stirfry and the butternut that was not available. I find that very difficult to understand, as neither of these items are seasonal or have to be sourced from some exotic far-away supplier.

We both ordered fish and calamari. It was as predictable as expected. The fish was cooked reasonably well and the calamari was OK, but again typical of the rushed non-engaged franchise type kitchens.

One of the things we would recommend when you visit any Ocean Basket outlet is to ask for extra lemon-butter sauce. They gladly supply you with a bowl of this very delicious sauce that elevates the run-of-the-mill fish to a slightly higher level.

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Thank Peter B
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Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

Franchises will always differ ... depending on time of day, and if the manager is in a good mood. Cresta Ocean basket is a case in point ... it does not come close to the illovo restaurant for pure quality food and service ... but as a pit stop on a Sunday for a pan of fish and chips? It'll do nicely. Yep, the chips were cold ... but hey, as long as there's a decent family vibe I'm not sending anything back. In short, for a quality dining out Ocean basket Cresta might not be my first choice ... but with a six year old grandson in tow, it's ideal.

Thank Peter B
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

This is another restaurant I frequently eat at with my daughter and grandchildren. Parking at Cresta is easy and safe. The restaurant itself is on the lower level of Cresta. They take bookings so no need for queues which is important with hungry impatient grandchildren. Check your bill carefully as we have had a couple of errors which were quickly sorted out.

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Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Those readers who read my reviews wIl know I am not keen on restaurants in shoppingMalls. The reason Is that it is very difficult for them to creat atttractive intimate restaurants and this is often made worse if they are in a food gallery. Ocean Basket have tried to give it a more intimate area. The variety of dishes on their menu means the you have a large choice. We had for different combos and they were all very good. Mine was prawns and kingklip. The others were calamari and hake, mussels and hake the seafood soup was excellent. Service was very good as was the wine The batter is very crisp.






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Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Ordered the prawns and fish and calamari with chips. Next time prefer the salad and mohito with ice. Extremely refreshing and recommended.

Thank William G
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