A little bit ago, Connie took me to Shibuya Izakaya, where she had been previously with her sister. I checked it out online before we went, and saw a comment about the baby octopus. Having read about them previously on another foodie blog, I mentally added them to my list of things to try when we visited.
I hadn’t been to Shibuya before, but it was a small place in a little strip mall next to a Bubble Tea place – not the kind of place that would normally catch my eye – but my favorite sushi place is the same, so location can be deceiving!
The octopus is lightly breaded and fried, and served with a chili sauce. Connie ordered a side of mayonnaise, but I wasn’t entirely sold on the mayonnaise and ended up kind of mixing the two together on my octopus.
My thoughts – they were good (albeit a little creepy to eat!) but really nothing special. My inner wanna-be-vegetarian was mildly squicked, but I got over that – the taste just wasn’t all that special. They were a bit crisp, a bit chewy, but really other than the novelty, nothing I’d want to order again.
What are your thoughts? Have you tried the baby octopus before? Is there a better way that they’re prepared that is more tasty? Let me know in the comments below!
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As before, I’ll apologize for the iPhone photos!