The Ocean in Repulse Bay serves French-Japanese dishes with a depth of flavour
There are several lifts to Level 3 at The Pulse, so you need to find the right one to reach The Ocean - it's in Lobby A by the east entrance. The décor, as expected, has an oceanic theme which transports you to a trendy eatery in Sydney or the Maldives. The spacious, tastefully done restaurant comprises several areas including a bar, European restaurant, Japanese umi bar and private rooms.
With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea, the 120-seat fine-dining eatery seems to go on forever. The inner walls curve to resemble blue waves, and there are jellyfish aquariums in the private rooms and by the entrance. Tables are encased by shell-like booths, while the table settings include Baccarat glassware.
After aquatic-themed cocktails by the bar, highlighted by the rum and sherry Galleon, we went for the eight-course tasting menu (HK$1,188 without pairing). Dishes are French with Japanese influences - Argentinean chef Agustin Balbi previously worked at Troisgras, Ryugin, La Bonne Table and Nobu in Japan - and are inspired by the sea, with line-caught fish such as turbot.
It was an incredible culinary journey starting with a Japanese-inspired home-made tofu with walnuts, uni, chives and ponzu. Highlights were the seasonal vegetables with scallop crudo and madras vinaigrette, and the house-smoked red snapper with radish, chanterelle, frisee and pickled apple - a perfect balance of flavours and textures.
Two other showstoppers included a melt-in-the-mouth pan-seared sea bass with wild rice, carnaroli and vegetable jardinera, and a dessert of passion fruit with coconut foam, rum granita and meringue. The Ocean is definitely a must-try for all food lovers.
303-304 The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2889 5939