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Solid Octopus in LA?

GJWhite Mar 27, 2009 02:05 PM

Oddly enough, I'm in the mood for a tasty octopus dish. Any recs for restaurants serving solid, say, grilled octopus salad? (Or etc.)

  1. Foodandwine Mar 27, 2009 02:27 PM

    Not a salad but the Grilled Octopus at Cobras and Matador on Beverly gets a nod of approval..

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

    1. Dommy Mar 27, 2009 05:01 PM

      Grilled... the best I've had was at Wilson... truly... truly.. excellent... I wish I could say that about the rest of the experience going there... You have been warned... ;)

      My other favorite octopus dish is the Coctel at Mariscos Chente... It's only because Wilson serves wine that I don't go with Chente as my #1....


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      1. re: Dommy
        westsidegal Mar 27, 2009 05:23 PM

        second the octopus cocktail at mariscos chente.

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        noahbites Mar 27, 2009 05:48 PM

        If you like it uncooked, chopped up and still squirming and sticking to the insides of your mouth if you don't chew it fast enough, I heartily recommend Masan. It's not for everyone, but I really like it.

        I've never had anything but a great time there. Though I'll add that I've only been there with good friends and some joyous drinking involved.

        They also do some amazing work with monkfish there (though they call it anglerfish).

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

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          Grillz Mar 27, 2009 05:49 PM

          Grilled Octopus at Sushi Ike in Hwood is tasty. Not a salad, but it has the most important part.

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          1. re: Grillz
            rednyellow Mar 27, 2009 09:24 PM

            second Ike

          2. Das Ubergeek Mar 27, 2009 08:24 PM

            Ensalada del puerto or chile relleno del puerto at Mariscos Puerto Esperanza if you happen to be in OC.

            Mariscos Puerto Esperanza
            1724 N Tustin St, Orange, CA 92865

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              Jodie Mar 27, 2009 09:08 PM

              The French Garden in downtown LA serves a salad that has a perfectly formed squid octopus thing (sorry, I don't know the difference) on the top and it seems to be very popular.

              1. Will Owen Mar 27, 2009 09:37 PM

                I like my octopus dead, cold, and sliced into bite-sized portions. 888 on Valley Blvd serves it thus during their daily dim sum hours. It's one of the most expensive items on the menu, but that's not saying a lot. Good and crunchy and delicious, yum yum.

                1. creamfinger Mar 27, 2009 09:44 PM

                  Ca Del Sole on Cahuenga Blvd makes an incredible octopus salad. Poached octopus, watercress, celery, green olives, extra virgin olive oil and lemon. It's absolutely 100% addictive.

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