A brand new Ocean Basket restaurant has opened on Compensation Beach Road, Ballitoville in the once derelict "Big Blue" building …which is now anything but neglected.

Overlooking Salmon Bay with its pods of dolphins and whales, and 180-degree ocean views, the two-storey restaurant offers a superb ocean vista.

Opened by brand new franchisees Jason Powell and his wife Melanie Reeder, the upper deck is open-air, surrounded by glass railings and a pergola roof. The upstairs’ section is also available as a spectacular venue for hire, as it includes its own bathrooms and a stand-alone bar area.

The Ballito Ocean Basket offers customers something really special. It is truly a taste of the Mediterranean, not only in terms of the delicious menu, but as a picturesque beachfront venue; every visit feels like a holiday.

Jason, whose family hail from Eshowe in KZN, is also a qualified chef, with global experience and a few Mercedes Benz Eat Out Awards to his credit, while Melanie has spent 15 years as a magazine editor and lifestyle journalist, making them a competent addition to the OB family.

With an innovative menu offering Mediterrasian fusion sushi and a completely new-look store that is modular and modern, the OB brand has nevertheless retained the charm and simplicity that have driven its success over the years.

Classic dishes, like fish and chips and the ever-popular share fare platters, are still on the menu and demonstrate the generosity Ocean Basket lives by. Added to this are some great new taste experiences for guests to enjoy.

There is no better place to enjoy fresh seafood and sushi than overlooking the sea.




Head northeast on Exit 210 (Toll road) and then use any lane to turn right onto Ballito Drive (Partial toll road). Continue straight to stay on Ballito Drive. At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Ballito Drive and then turn right onto Minerva Road (S Road). Turn left onto Hawkins Road and then turn right onto Compensation Beach Road. Go through 1 traffic circle. Ocean Basket Ballito will be on the left.


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