Ocean Basket Nairobi

“Delicious flavors of the sea prepared with love” is the tagline of one of the most famous seafood restaurants in the world which recently opened its doors in our beautiful Nairobi. Ocean Basket Restaurant is very well known for its delicious affordable seafood and very generous servings. Now before we delve any further into this post I have to admit that my mshamba self really had no clue about this fine establishment beforehand, but like any other curious Kenyan, I set to find out exactly what all the fuss was about.

My heritge indicates that fish and I really should be the best of friends but I have sadly never had an inclination towards most ‘fishy’ delicacies! Luckily my date truly understood the importance of fish in this world and thus the trip to the Oval in Westlands would not be a complete waste.

The Ocean Basket restaurant has a very beautiful decor and walking into the restaurant truly felt like diving into a cold pool on a sunny day. We quickly made our way to the restaurant’s terrace where a mixture of greenery and blue hues greeted us (Mad Points for the Good Vibes)


We were attended to as soon as we sat down which was very commendable considering the energy we had for the oncoming meal (Hungraaays United)


It was a very sunny day and the strawberry lemon mocktail we were served with was literal perfection. I usually have my reservations when it comes to ordering mocktails because most establishments serve juice with lemons and make up fancy names as a guise but this was the real deal… add a little vodka and.. NO! Do not add vodka! Bad Vodka!


No sooner had we finished our drinks than we were served with our lovely meals. The platters consisted of Calamari, Prawns, Fish fillet and french fries (All together now say… YUUUUUM!)

Mshamba Moment: (Why are prawns so ugly?? No seriously! It’s like eating a dudu!… The yummiest dudu in the seeeaaaa! 🙂


I had a moment of hesitation the moment I saw all the fish before me but my stomach had other ideas (Damn you Judas Tummy)

We both ate to our hearts content and were truly satisfied with everything we had been offered! Moreover, we did not get food poisoning! o/ (You all know those horror stories about seafood in Nairobi and how the likelihood of it rotting on its way is at 100% Shiver)

All in all my fist experience at Ocean Basket was lovely. The menu had everything and choosing one good meal out of the varieties offered was the hardest thing.

Oh my. Seafood and I are buddies now! Visit Ocean Basket at the Oval in Westlands whenever you get a chance guys!

2015 Countdown still ticking!


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  • Reply Nkirote December 30, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Hey Lyra!! On average, how much does a meal at Ocean Basket cost?

    • Reply Lyra Aoko January 3, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Hey dear. It about 2000 kshs per person on average for both meals and drinks.

  • Reply snyambura January 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    I am definitely trying this place out soon. Lovely blog by the way.

    • Reply Lyra Aoko January 4, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      Cheers love I hope you enjoy your meal! Thank you for reading too 🙂

    • Reply Ms.Kihara January 13, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Hunny doo..
      WE are definitely trying it out.. NRW 2015???

      • Reply Lyra Aoko January 14, 2015 at 2:42 am

        I am personally trying to reduce the urge to visit all the restaurants during that time! Oh food… Have a blast!

        • Reply Ms.Kihara March 3, 2015 at 1:16 pm

          Hey Lyra.. Where did you go this year..(for restaurant week)

          • Lyra Aoko March 3, 2015 at 1:45 pm

            I went to About Thyme restaurant dear

          • Ms.Kihara March 3, 2015 at 2:44 pm

            I’d gone there the previous year…
            This year I was a lil lucky. I had the privilege of visiting Ocean Basket, Jiko at the Tribe and Moniko’s Kitchen. I had a swell time.

          • Lyra Aoko March 3, 2015 at 3:14 pm

            That’s great I hope you enjoyed the experience! 🙂

  • Reply Norkor February 2, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Oh my gosh I DIED AT “Mshamba Moment: why are prawn so ugly? It’s like eating a dudu, the yummiest dudu in the seaaaaaa”! LOVE YOUR BLOG MS. LYRA!

    • Reply Lyra Aoko February 3, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      Hahaha Thank you so much dear 🙂 Thank you for reading my blog too. Xx

  • Reply Soni Asumpta June 25, 2015 at 8:33 am

    I haven’t tried seafood,I kinda just think I will hate it,but I will hopefully try it out this year before it ends.Have you had sushi?That is also on my to eat list

    • Reply lyraoko June 25, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      :-O How are you alive? Let me know when you try your first sea food dish! I had sushi for the first time last year. It is okay but i wouldn’t really rave about it.

    • Reply Lyra Aoko June 29, 2015 at 6:01 am

      :-O How are you alive? Let me know when you try your first sea food dish! I had sushi for the first time last year. It is okay but i wouldn’t really rave about it.

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