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Octopus main course

I was wondering if folks know of restos that serve grilled octopus as a main course, as opposed to an appetizer. Wherever I've found it on the menu, it's always in the appetizer section, and quite frankly, as a grilled octopus fanatic, that's just not enough for me.

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  1. Just ask for a main course size serving. I've done it at a couple of restaurants and they have willingly obliged with a larger than appetizer size serving at less than double the appetizer price. Elounda, located at Marcel Laurin and Cote Vertu in VSL, if I remember correctly, offers a main course octopus which is a huge serving size and absolutely delicious.

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    Elounda
    1818 Blvd Cote Vertu, Montreal, QC H2Y, CA

    1. What if you order two appetizers ? I often eat only appetizers at restaurants.

      The grilled octopus appetizer at Furusato (formerly Osaka) is big enough for me as the only protein of the night.

      1. I've often done as davyboy and marblebag suggest for squid, Haggisboy. Where are your favourite places for grilled octopus as a starter? I'm fond of it too.

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        1. re: lagatta

          Panama and Homard Plus - both quite good. I don't go out to restos all that often and when I do (typically chosen by friends), its usually at places that don't even offer it. The fact that I live on the West Island and seldom venture downtown to eat doesn't help.

        2. I think I remember seeing Octopus @ 3 Petits Bouchons.

          M.

          1. I had grilled octopus (also a big fan of it) as a main dish at Braseiro recently--actually I had the mixed squid/octopus plate, but they also have a plate with just octopus. It was very simply but well prepared (nice and tender), in the Portuguese style. I wouldn't have minded a slightly bigger helping, but otherwise I enjoyed all the seafood dishes I had there.

            Braseiro
            8261 St Laurent
            (514) 389-0606

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            Braseiro
            8261 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2P2M1, CA

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            1. re: vermontrealer

              I'm glad to hear that, vermontrealer (ou vermontréalais en français) as that is not far from my place; actually Tripolis and Panama aren't either, it is just that damned viaduct.

              Price ranges? For Na Brasa too?

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              Na Brasa
              121 Av Duluth E, Montreal, QC H2W1H2, CA

              1. re: lagatta

                It was the first time we'd been to Braseiro since it's a bit off the beaten track from the Plateau, but we liked the casual, lively ambiance and the nice range of seafood. The mussels were in a lovely seafoody tomato sauce. Prices are mid-range, not cheap but reasonable. We also go to Panama frequently, where the sassy (in a good way) waitress corrects my partner's Greek. :-)

                There are pictures of Braseiro's menu here:
                http://restomontreal.ca/portal/brasei...

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                Braseiro
                8261 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2P2M1, CA

            2. If I recall correctly, Bistro Na Brasa on Duluth serves both appetizer and main course octopus. Same with Tripolis too: 679 St-Roch (@ Bloomfield) - and their Octopus is really good

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              Na Brasa
              121 Av Duluth E, Montreal, QC H2W1H2, CA

              1. Chez Doval. Out of this world. Main course. Perfectly grilled.

                I'm so hungry now.

                1. The octopus dish at Kaza Maza is simply superb. It is braised and grilled so it might not be exactly what you are looking for. However, the sister restaurant Damas does have a grilled octopus. I haven't had it, yet, but but you might wish to taste it.

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                  1. re: thomasein

                    At rayan in cote des neiges, they pulled the octopus out of a pail on shelf and chopped off tentacles, you tell them when to stop and you pay by weight! I only had it as appetizer but he will take off as much as you like. But I think i will give tripolis or panama a try, have fond memories of some wonderful octopus meals in greece but granted the fishermen had brought in the catch of the day!

                  2. Please avoid Doval if you are not a fan of octopus and calamari floating in oliver oil. Would have been amazing without it though....The best octopus in town is hands down Milos (expensive though) and best calamari is at Ferreira. Enjoy!

                    1. Every single Greek restaurant from Phillinos to Pharos, Ouzeri (although small portion), Orexi, Vegera, etc. offer it. La Sirene too from what I remember. There's no reason why any restaurant that serves grilled octopus wouldn't do it.

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                      Vegera Restaurant
                      228 Rue Bernard W, Montreal, QC H2T2K4, CA

                      Ouzeri
                      4690 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J2L3, CA

                      Orexi Restaurant
                      1270 Av Bernard, Outremont, QC H2V1V9, CA