Ocean Basket started in 1995 as a six-table hole-in-the-wall joint in South Africa's Pretoria?one so casual that it was not only BYOB, but BYO salad. The culinary team saved their energies for one thing and one thing only: serving tasty, fresh Mediterranean deli-style seafood dishes like prawns, calamari, hake, and other aquatic eats.
Since then, the eatery has grown immensely. That applies both in terms of locations?it now has 189, in 11 countries?and in terms of its menu. There's no need to BYO salad anymore, thanks to beds of greenery topped with seared salmon and grilled calamari. Platters are filled with options like prawns, calamari, and mussels, and fillets are fried for fish and chips. Finish meals with baklava, which is made from founder Fats Lazaride's family recipe.