Ocean Basket is South Africa's favourite chain of seafood restaurants. There's one near you, where you will find friendly people, a home-from-home feeling, and great value for your hardearned bucks. Some Ocean Baskets have a fresh-fish deli too, and you can order to eat in or takeaway, whatever grabs you.
One thing's for sure. You will find only the freshest seafood at Ocean Basket. Plus, some nice wines to make a great meal even greater. Ocean Basket is for all da family, cos children love good seafood as much as you do. Come on in and have a whale of a time!
Ocean Basket has been around for years ... since brothers Fats and George Lazarides hooked up with George Nichas back in 1995, in Pretoria. Da brothers, being of Mediterranean descent and also being so far from da coast, often dreamed of seafood. And since George Nichas had boatloads of knowhow selling fresh seafood, da three schemed how to start a seafood restaurant where people could afford a simple but real good meal.
We wanted to make people aware of good seafood, Fats says. We wanted to create a simple place where people could enjoy a great meal and great value. A homely place where they'd get together with friends and feel like they're part of our family.
Fats and the two Georges opened da first Ocean Basket in Menlyn Park, n they could squeeze in sixty people. The place soon got so popular; customers would queue from early morning to secure a table for lunch or dinner. Ocean Basket was da talk of da town.
Fats and da two Georges decided to make their winner of an idea available to more people, so they opened another Ocean Basket in Pretoria's Kolonnade. During da next twelve months, they launched three more Ocean Baskets, and hooked up with Pedro who eventually took Ocean Basket to da Cape. People went crazy for da food, da warmth, and da value.
Today, Ocean Basket is still growing. In a normal year, eight more Ocean Baskets open, now there are 120. And if you travel overseas, don't worry, because you needn't leave good seafood behind. These days you will find Ocean Basket in da Middle East and Europe. Latest one to open is in Paphos, on da Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Fats and da two Georges finally got back to their roots!
What's more, in every Ocean Basket there is, you will find da same formula for success - simplicity, value for money, and da best seafood in da world, served piping hot in da pan.