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Best octopus in LA

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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. re: condiment

              mmm...yes! video of delicious live octopus at Ma San:
              http://manbitesworld.com/articles/101...

            2. 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.

              2. I had a spectacular octopus carpaccio at All'Angelo (about a year ago though).

                1. The grilled octopus at Sushi Ike is very good. I order it every time I eat there.

                  Can't compare it to Ost. Mozza, but I would take it over Takoyaki any day.

                  1. Papas Christo's ain't that bad - ever try it there?

                    1. the octopus at craft was amazing when i went. tender, sweet, awesome.

                      1. Hatfield's has a delicious octopus appetizer...rivals Mozza

                        1. there's always the special octopus at the prince on 7th st.

                          caveat - i haven't had it. don't think i will.

                          octopus are so intelligent, i go through stages of avoiding them and then succumbin to their deliciousness.

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                          1. re: Jerome

                            The Prince doesn't serve that dish any more, alas. Assuming you're referring to the live one with chile sauce.

                          2. Adding links to places

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                            Ike Sushi
                            6051 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                            Craft
                            10100 Constellation Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067

                            Papa Cristos
                            2771 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                            Pizzeria Mozza
                            6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                            Hatfield's
                            6703 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                            All' Angelo
                            7166 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

                            Taverna Tony
                            23410 Civic Center Way Ste B1, Malibu, CA 90265

                            Honda Ya Izakaya
                            333 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                            Empress Pavilion Restaurant
                            988 N Hill St # 201, Los Angeles, CA

                            The Prince
                            3198 W Seventh St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

                            Mitsuru Cafe
                            117 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                            Masan Restaurant
                            2851 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                            Neptune's Lounge
                            601 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005

                            1. Soot Bull Jeep