The people of Kochi are quite familiar with the juicy and flavoursome oyster meat which in local parlance is called muringa. Meanwhile, the special grilled oyster served at Oceanos Restaurant in Fort Kochi has instantly become a favourite of foodies. The restaurant which is located opposite the Dutch bungalow at Elphinstone Road near KJ Harshal Road has been earning quite a name as the sea food hub of Fort Kochi. This brand new eatery has been opened as part of the Elphinstone Residency. Grilled oyster is one of the popular starters at Oceanos. The melt-in-the-mouth oyster meat is perfectly cooked in a rich and creamy sauce made of milk and butter. Usually, in Kochi, oyster meat is roasted in lots of spices. However, the rich flavour of the broth and the soft chunks of oyster meat has made grilled oyster one of the iconic dishes at Oceanos.
Fresh herbs like thyme and rosemary add a touch of continental flavour to the oyster meat. When it is combined with shallots and dried chili flakes, the grilled oyster becomes the perfect fusion dish. A dash of grated parmesan on top completes the dish. Around 70% of the dishes served at Oceanos are fusion based while 30% items pay homage to the incredible local cuisine. Ingredients like garlic, olive oil, shallots and butter are the basic ingredients that add the punch to the dishes. Meanwhile, fresh herbs add oodles of flavour.
The seafood broth based on the French soup dishes looks, smells and tastes amazing. It looks like our regular stew. However, fresh sea food like crab, fish, mussels, squid and prawns transforms it into a dish of international standard. The base of the soup is made with basil, cream and melted parmesan cheese. The sea food broth is a refreshing bowl of soup that is nourishing to both the body and soul. Meanwhile, a flavour bomb explodes in the mouth as you bite into little pieces of galangal in the broth.
Oceanos promises to serve the authentic mud crab of Kochi all throughout the year. The iconic Singapore mud crab is available on the menu on all the days when the restaurant is open. It is a fusion dish that is spicy and sour. The perfectly cooked mud crab is the hero of this dish. Besides the fusion dishes, Oceanos serves interesting dishes like kallappam, butter rice and boiled veggies too. For dessert, do not forget to indulge in some chocolate extravagance of the delicious melting chocolate.