Palo Alto Weekly
Eating Out - January 4, 2019
Octopus offers ample, creative sushi rolls in Menlo Park
by Ruth Schechter
Release the Kraken! And while you're at it, bring out a Mad Dragon, a Lava King and a Drunken Tiger. Maybe even a Foxy Lady.
While the campy film "Clash of the Titans" has nothing to do with the menu at Octopus Japanese Restaurant in Menlo Park, someone was inspired enough to name one of the special sushi rolls after that classic monster. In fact, someone was pretty motivated about naming most of the restaurant's specialty items with wit and whimsy. Thankfully, each of the 50-plus rolls includes a photo and detailed description of its contents on a multi-paged menu.
Like many foods we've adopted from other countries, Americans have given sushi our own spin. Purists may object to fusion-style sushi — the oversize rolls with nontraditional ingredients like jalape
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Octopus Japanese Restaurant
925 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Hours: Lunch, Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner, Monday-Friday 5-9 p.m. and Saturday 4-9 p.m. Closed Sunday.
Credit cards: Yes
Outdoor seating: No
Alcohol: Wine, beer, sake
Happy Hour: Yes
Noise level: Low