BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT
Octopus Japanese Restaurant
Locations in Burbank, Glendale, Encino, Long Beach and Downtown Los Angeles
ph: 818.380.0855 (Encino)
ph: 818.556.6622 (Burbank)
ph: 818.500.8788 (Glendale)
Years Won: 2014, 2013, 2012 (Best)
Japanese food provides an ideal foundation for satisfying the ever-evolving appetite of Southern California’s cultural kaleidoscope. Low in fat and salt, high in natural ingredients emphasizing fresh vegetables and seafood, and able to accommodate many degrees of spiciness, it is perfect for bridging the gap between tradition and innovation. Octopus Restaurant, which has been on the leading edge of such fusion-inspired culinary adventuring for years, has accomplished this goal so well that it has won BEST Japanese Restaurant for five years in a row.
This speaks to its chefs’ skill in producing “straight-ahead” traditional Japanese dishes as well as sumptuously modern mixed-culture California adaptations such as Albacore Tataki with Jalapeño and Grilled Garlic. Indeed, much of the food at Octopus is as beautifully and boldly contemporary as the restaurant’s exceptionally artistic interior décor. That commitment to providing customers with visual as well as edible delights and comforts extends to an excellent children’s menu; Izakaya small plates perfect for tables of friends sharing sake or cocktails; and some new items added to the menu several times a year to keep things even more exciting! Be sure to also visit Octopus’ sister restaurants in Southern California, Sumo and Tomikawa.