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Best octopus in LA

Despite its rising star during the last few years, I think octopus is still sometimes an under-appreciated part of the many dining options we have. I remember growing up with it as part of Italian seafood salad (insalata di mare) or in a wonderful garlic and tomato sauce from Spanish restaurants.

For the last several years, I’ve chased the perfect grilled octopus, and have found excellent candidates here in LA at Osteria Mozza, and just this weekend, at Taverna Tony in Malibu which is perhaps even better than Mozza’s.

Tako has always been a secondary choice for me as sushi/sashimi unless the itamae strongly endorses it. However, my first trip to Japan in 1998 introduced me to takoyaki, which is now a must-have whenever I pass through Little Tokyo.

So what is your recommendation for the best octopus in LA?

Thanks for your suggestions.

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  1. The grilled octopus at Cobras and Matador on Beverly rates high in my book..

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    Cobras and Matadors
    7615 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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    1. re: Foodandwine

      thanks for this! ive been looking too!

    2. Where in Little Tokyo do you find takoyaki? I loved it when I visited Japan a few years ago, but haven't seen it here.

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      1. re: L nrs

        Try either San Sui Tei or Honda-ya.

        San Sui Tei
        313 E 1st St
        Los Angeles, CA 90012
        (213) 613-0100

        Honda Ya
        333 S Alameda St
        Los Angeles, CA 90013
        (213) 625-1184

        1. re: L nrs

          Quick and cheap: $2 for a stick of 3 at Cafe Mitsuru in Japanese Village Plaza.

          Also available at Cafe Mitsuru: breaded shrimp balls on a stick, and fresh from the griddle imagawayaki (sweet red bean paste buns).

        2. I like the octupus served at Empress Pavillion during dim sum hours. Really good.

          1. Sannakji, of course. It's fresh! It's live! It's tasty. Ma San and Was Sa Da, Neptune's Lounge, Hwal a Kwang Jang - they're all good.

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            1. like every other batali restaurant, osteria mozza has FANTASTIC octopus

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              1. re: Bert

                ok, i'm an idiot... didn't see that you'd already tried the octopus at the osteria. feel free to delete my ramblings!---

                1. re: Bert

                  No need to delete your post, you are still entitled to express your opinion.