Here I was on Instagram and a sponsored ad for Seabass Seafood Restaurant popped up. Seabass restaurant is the latest new restaurant under the blowfish group – same owners of Woks, La Veranda, Izanagi etc. I mean, their mantra is to bring the world in one place and they seem to be doing just that. Visited their Seabass sea food restaurant on a Saturday evening and it was not busy. Infact, I was the only guest there and it was very uncomfortable having a bunch of their staff all staring at me (lol) all ‘cos they were idle.
First thing I took a look at was the menu at Seabass because I was very curious to know if this new setup was worth it solely for seafood or if they could have incorporated some seafood options into the other menus of the other restaurants under the chain. I do recognise some seafood lovers may also appreciate having a solely seafood focused restaurant in Lagos as ideal
View Seabass Seafood Restaurant By Blowfish Menu Here
The menu at Seabass Seafood Restaurant was a mix of Lebanese especially for starters, then the actual seafood options with limited options in types of fish and then the BBQ options (Lebanese themed). If I’m being honest, did not think this menu was special. I know the restaurant is called Sea Bass and the Sea Bass option on the menu is ₦30,000 (welp!) – Its really good fish though but…
It looked a lower grade Ocean Basket but I think Ocean basket is more aesthetically pleasing than Seabass Seafood Restaurant. There are so many noisy fans in the ceiling, windows are open and the noise from the central DJ booth at the pool section is jamming, flies are disturbing and want some action from the food too. Whew. A lot is just going on and might not be ideal for a first date – just saying. So if you are expecting romantic type décor, Seabass is not it. They just go right into the food apart from the colour theme being blue, nothing more is special.
It made sense to order Seafood at a seafood themed restaurant and so I went with the 0.5kg fresh fish option for Red Snapper. The fish was weighed in my presence akin to local point and kill options but without the scale. Other seafood on display were crabs, lobsters, larger sized red snapper, croaker and others.
3 options for how this would be cooked were offered – fried, charcoal grilled and one last option but I opted for charcoal grilled anyways as I thought that would pack on more flavour as fish is not something that is easily manipulated in taste. Thinking about it now, the menu was not detailed enough for the ‘fresh fish’ section – something the management of Seabass restaurant should take into consideration when updating the menu so that diners know what options exist in terms of preparation of the fish.
For starters, I passed on that as nothing seemed interesting to me so I waited it out for the whole of 30 mins it took to bring the food. For sides, had the fried rice which was such little portion by the way for ₦2,500. The charcoal grill effect was not evident in the presentation of the fish and it was covered in some pepper sauce marinade which I liked but it wasn’t clear to see the depth of how grilled the fish was. It did taste grilled but not as strong as I would have loved and could easily have passed as steamed fish. However, with that said, I liked the fish; the flavour was not as strong as I would have loved but it was tasty thanks to the marinade/pepper sauce that was spread on the fish. The fried rice was nice.
Also passed on having a cocktail because I was going to be driving – don’t drink and drive guys. I had what was meant to be a mocktail but turned out to be a smoothie. Totally enjoyed this – was called the Veranda Passion – Fresh Mango, Passion Fruit, Strawberry & Orange N4,000 from the poolside menu.
|Ambience||Nothing special but it has a blue theme going on. The fans are quite noisy and you might be disturbed by the flies which the waiters will chase around and can be distracting. Ideal for groups of friends.|
|Location||Same space as Blowfish hotel. Parking is limited within the premises. There is street parking and also parking at their supermarket across the road.|
Pricing is $$
Total damage came to ₦15,000
0.5kg Red Snapper – ₦7,500
Fried Rice – ₦2,500
Veranda Passion Smoothies – ₦4,000
Small Bottle Water: ₦1,000
View Restaurant Menus here
|Service Delivery||A bit uncomfortable having all the (mostly idle) staff on the floor staring at me throughout obviously watching to help where necessary but still somehow. The waiter who attended to me was quite attentive and checked in to see if I was okay with the meal.|
Have you tried Seabass Seafood Restaurant by the Blowfish Group? What was your experience like? Let us know in the comments.